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Old 09-18-2010, 05:58 PM
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Someone backed into my '65

[IMG]My friend was having a little get together around the fire last weekend. I parked in the back lane beside the train track across from their driveway. It turned out to be a bad choice of a spot. I was in the house fixing myself a snack when my friend came inside and told me, "I don't know how to tell you this, but I backed into your car."

I had just put the Impala on the road two days earlier. I hadn't driven it all summer because it had been running rough and then not at all. Another friend came by to have a look at it a few days before and narrowed it down to the $5 wire that connects the distributor to the coil.

My friend looked pretty chocked when he announced what he did. I went outside to have a look. It was a pretty big dent.



Gotta step out. to be continued...

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Old 09-18-2010, 06:33 PM
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Man thats a shame i really hate to hear that. But i have been down that road also. What are you going to do about getting it fixed INS/ or let him pay for it or are you just going to eat it?


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At least your friend "fessed up" about hitting your car. That says volumes for his character. Now hopefully he'll do the honorable thing, and offer to pay for the damage, and continue to be your friend. An incident like this can be quite the "acid test" of a true friendship. Good luck.
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Lucky the window didnt break........may pop out....probably a new skin needed though
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All of us guys were in the back lane looking at the dent. I tried the door -it opened. I tried to lower the window - I was surprised when it went down like normal. I reassured my friend to not feel bad. We all ended up back by the fire and had some laughs as though nothing happened. Another friend said to me that I was taking it well. And I was.

I love my car. I bought it in 1989 when I was 18. I had a restoration job done on it at the time. The paint is now over twenty years old and there is some rust that is needing attention. But the fact my Impala needs some TLC is not so much why I didn't sob when my friend told me what happened. All that concerned me was that nobody got hurt.

It seems this summer I read and heard about more stories of parents and grandparents backing over a child with a vehicle. Those stories break my heart every time. Some of you may remember I became a father to a beautiful girl almost a year ago. All I could think about when my friend told me about the dent was that I'm glad someone isn't telling me about a tragedy happening in the driveway. When the things that I value now are put into perspective, my daughter is my life and my Impala is metal.

I used to work in the autobody trade. I still have my tools. I haven't tinkered on cars in a few years. You might say I'm about as rusty as my car. But today I decided to give it a go. I've been looking forward to the challenge. Here are some pictures.

Today was a nice Saturday. Time to have a look at this dent. The rear lip of the door is sticking out making a wider gap than it should. Very obvious in the photo from the first post.


The top of the door was pushed up from the force. Have to pull out the dent to suck the top back down.


Windows are out, ready to go.


This is one dandy tool. It's called a dent taker-outer.


Already much better. The rear lip of the door has moved back to the right spot. The top has gone down too.






After a some more hammering and fiddling, time to pack it in for the evening. Reinstalled the windows so it can be locked up. I miss having a shop to work in.
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Oh yes, my friend and his wife offered to pay for any damage saying they would pay the deductable if I chose to go through insurance or pay the total of what I was out. I told them not to worry because it would be nothing. He came by the day after the fire with some beer still feeling super bad. I got all the supplies I needed today. This job, with the bondo, the primer and the paint, is going to cost me all of about forty bucks.

These friends, as are most of my friends, are stand up first class people.
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Nice job and a nicer attitude! You're friends are lucky to have you as a friend.
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At least your friend "fessed up" about hitting your car. That says volumes for his character. Now hopefully he'll do the honorable thing, and offer to pay for the damage, and continue to be your friend. An incident like this can be quite the "acid test" of a true friendship. Good luck.
Boy,you sure said it ,old guy..Hes lucky to know people like that...
Great job pig

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Thanks guys. Waiting on some good weather for phase 2. They're predicting some unseasonably warm days for the weekend. Better than the wet cold schlop we're getting now. Hope to have the door straight and painted.
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