Last week this 2000 R popped up in the SS classifieds and it turned out to be local to me and quite affordable, so I pounced on it. The seller hit a deer in June and his insurance totaled it out, but upon inspection I found that the damage was confined to the hood, lights, core support, and radiator/condenser. The rad isn't leaking but one of the brackets is busted. The condenser got punctured by the horns when the core support broke. The seller had taken good care (4/2018 edit: lol not really) of the car prior to the accident and it doesn't have any obvious mechanical problems, so my goal is to get some straight panels on the front end and see how it drives. I have a 1998 V70XC in the same color that I've been on the fence about parting for a while, and I think I'm going to use as much as I can from that car to make this one nice. With only 135K on the odo it should have a lot of life left.
As I found it (the Atlantis are mine, the seller wanted to keep his wheels):
I was really impressed by the condition of the interior, aside from the worn piping on the driver's seat everything is in really good shape.
At some point the car was the recipient of a mediocre pinstripe job, I'm hoping I can remove all of them. They don't look that bad at a distance but the lines down the driver's side are wavy and I don't feel like paying someone to add them to the replacement front end parts I have.
After I got it home and pulled what was left of the lights:
The core support was busted in a few places:
Core support out:
New hood on (debating whether to leave the '98 XC grille on or install a waterfall grille with the "correct" blue emblem):
That's as far as I've gotten, hopefully I'll be able to swap fenders on Sunday.