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Last night was not good.

My son was driving my daughter home from the movies in my Z, going across the Ballard bridge (drawbridge w/metal grating in the rain) when a pickup pulled into his lane. He swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid the truck, then cut back into his lane and the car went into a spin, crashing into the guardrail. Thankfully both kids walked away unscathed but I'm afraid it might be the end of the road for the Z...

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Wow so sorry. Had a similar experience in 2012 that resulted in another Z I like better without much additional out lay. Don’t let the insurance company off the hook. Start coping recent sales you can find. Also watch the kids close I did have pains show up for a few day later that lend to a year of therapy and a decent settlement. 

Glad to hear they okay. 

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That's a bummer.  Now you can get another and start over.

Those HEIC files must be for phones.  They don't come through on a computer.  Edit - my Windows 7 computer anyway.

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2 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

 

Car looks fixable on my monitor but you know better than me.

I thought so too. It’s only a matter of funds. 

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Yeah that is too bad.So glad everyone is okay, the safety of vintage cars always is front of my mind whenever I roll out of the garage.

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That's awful!!!

I bought a new to me Tacoma a few weeks ago. The kids have wrecked it twice in a couple of weeks. I'm gonna lose my mind! :angry:

Good that everybody is ok. I suspect the other vehicle didn't stop...

I can't open the pictures. Don't know what software to use.

 

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 Geoff, sorry to hear about Lillith. Couldn't open the pic file either. Can you give us a description of the damage? I have a lot of parts just waiting.

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Wow, I know you've put in more than a ton blood sweat and tears into that car, but the kids are more important and I'm glad they're OK.  After owning a car that a lot of folks would have passed by (and did) I believe that anything is repairable. It just depends how much money, time and effort one can find to put into it.  I hope your Z is fixable at some level for you. Long live the Green Z's!

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He'll buy it buy it back from the insurance company! Win. Win.

If not someone should. Carbs and balance tube are works of art heated seats...

Just playing Geoff! You and me are happy your kids are okay I know. Cliff

 

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Your close and vibrant family impressed me when visiting.  I'm glad they are all OK.

It will be a great family get-together conversation for many years down the road.

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Thanks for all the kind words - and yes, the kids being safe makes it a very lucky event. I don't think the truck even saw them, as the roof of the Z is below the window sill of most large vehicles and it was dark & rainy. At any rate, they never even stopped. The bummer is that since their was no contact with another vehicle and they have no witnesses to ID the other driver, it's considered an "at fault loss of control" and I receive $0. Then, to top it off, the tow truck driver (contacted by the police before I got there) convinced me that I should let him tow it to their yard instead of my house "...because the insurance will pay at our yard, not at your house" and that was total BS. Insurance is paying $0 and AAA is just now bringing it back, after $400 in towing and storage fees at the yard (for 1 night). 

I really don't know if It's worth rebuilding b/c I'm concerned that the frame is all bent and the thought of having a car that shimmies and wanders all over the road is not exciting to me... I can certainly shape/fab/weld sheet metal, but I worry about not being able to get her straight. Also, w/no insurance payout I can't afford the project.

For now it'll have to sit in the driveway until I find the heart/energy to start taking her apart and assessing the damage.

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Check for security or traffic cameras.  They're everywhere these days.  Maybe even post an ad somewhere asking if anybody saw it.  They'd probably remember seeing a nice looking Z spin out on the Ballard bridge.  You never know.

If the door gaps aren't squeezed tighter and they still open and close correctly, the front of the car can probably be fixed.  Door gaps are my accident "tell".

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I checked w/SDOT this morning: all our traffic cameras are live-stream only, no recordings are made due to the strict surveillance laws in Seattle. 

The pics below show the door gaps: passenger looks exactly as before, but drivers side is opened up at the top - makes me think the rocker is "frowning" a little, which would mean the drivers side front shock tower moved, right?

 

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Door Gap Passenger.jpg

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That means the door hinge area probably moved a little. Like 1/8 or less. Just from the pictures, I would say it's fixable all day long. I really think the front structure can be pulled and straightened. Would probably want a new radiator support though. Like I said, let me know if you need any parts

C

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I'm always nervous about being small and hard to see when driving the Z (more so even than when I'm on my bicycle); so sorry to see this happened. Fixable or not, it's a shame about the car, but at least everyone walked away.

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So sorry to see this happen Geoff.   Best of luck with whatever route you decide is the future of the car.

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Wow Geoff, So sorry that happened. Glad everyone is OK.

I'm gonna stop complaining about my car problems now...    :ph34r:

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