A few only needed the top skin, but most needed the window frame and most glass too. I wondered at the time if those were supposed to be sold thru regular channels, or? There was a contract for all of them, and he bid on it. According to the owner, an insurance company paid for the work, I saw the large( for that time) check, but that was 50 years ago and I don't remember what company paid it. Damaged trucks came in one or two at a time, and were driven out as finished by someone that did sign for them.
In about 1980, An acquaintance bought/ repaired about 20/30 defective/returned carburetors that were factory mis machined from a local (here) retailer, and repaired them.
Some were returned to them to sell as reduced price seconds, the others were given to him as payment, and he sold those to friends, or at the Long Beach or Pomona swaps as used customer returns. He tested them before return or sale on our dyno mule. The one he gave me ran perfectly on my wife's car for years.
Since u were the rep. where did u live? Had to be somewhere close back there.
In about 1975, there was a theft ring that stole engines/trannies brand new, usually Ford, that were cut out and stolen from vehicles shipped by rail from Chicago to the southern IL. area. Supposedly they were off loaded when the train was stopped for switching somewhere. There was a guy that I worked with then at a major equipment fabricator that sold several engine/trans sets to my coworkers.
Can't trust anybody ...
Older and less trusting.....