Mattml430

Small Disaster on the way to the Colac rally today.

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The carpet has soaked up my tears  now. So while traveling along the freeway minding my own business at about 85kph traveling to the Colac dodge rally, I saw a flash in my rear view mirror and then about 3 seconds later I got an almighty shunt from the side. A lady had lost control of here car on a straight road and ploughed straight into me. Everybody was ok which is the most important thing. I was completely gutted after I looked at my car all smashed up. Everything is fixable I guess at the end off the day. Could of been a lot worse. 

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So sorry to hear that Matt. I know it could have been worse, but then it should not have happened at all. Hope the rest of the rally is a lot better.

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Mate, you are so lucky, it could have been a lot worse at 85k/h. Especially if it was up here in the sunny state, some crazy drivers up here.

 

I feel your pain though. It looks like you wont be bored for the near future.

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Yes definitely sitting in my lounge chair and not a hospital bed is definitely a blessing. If she hit a wheel or something it could of been real bad. I was quite amazed to be honest how well it took the hit. Her car was taken away on a tilt tray. Probably be written off. I was lucky enough to drive home. I’m not going to the rest of the rally I was just so gutted after that,  I didn’t think I’d be very good company. Thanks for your thoughts fellas you get so attached to these old cars it hurts seeing them beaten up. 

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Man that just sucks so much!  I went up to the rally for a few hours and I think you’re would have been one of the best!  Hope it’s not too hard to repair - oh man I can just see all that time on polished stainless and the paint:(. Shout if there’s anything I can do to help!

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Thanks Richard will do. I would of loved to of got there today but I still had 2 1/2 hours drive to go and I was worried if there was more damage than I could see it’s a long way from home. When I got home it had a noisy bearing in the gear box, we’ll noisier than it was before I started. So maybe the shunt, strained an already strained bearing. There’s a view bent bits underneath. The timber running board took the brunt of the impact. 

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Cricket, that’s a pain- was that the box you just did?  At least the woods a little easier to repair than your other running boards.  Has that cracked part of the chassis or is it just a mount for the running board brackets?

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7 hours ago, RichBad said:

Cricket, that’s a pain- was that the box you just did?  At least the woods a little easier to repair than your other running boards.  Has that cracked part of the chassis or is it just a mount for the running board brackets?

I haven’t fitted the rebuilt box yet so this will be an ideal opportunity to do it. It has just bent the cross member. 

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Matt, I'm glad you were unscathed.  It appears that the wood crushing must have absorbed a lot of the energy.  It looks quite fixable but it does take time away from driving and enjoying.  I hope you can get it back on the road soon.

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Finally got the approval to start fixing the Victory on Friday. I’ve decided to remove the old door skin and roll a new one up. I’ve cut it about an inch under the door bead and will join it in there. The bottom door frame was also a little bent and rusty so I’ve replaced that. The first skin I rolled up ended up about 2mm to skinny so I’ll allow a little more for when I shrink the folded edges. A learning curve!!  

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Door skin back on and actually lines up. Wrapped around really nicely. My welded  join could of been a little nicer , but a small smear of filler and it’s all good. 

Nice to have it getting back to where it was. It was horrible walking past it in the garage smashed. 

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