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That is horrible! Glad you are ok! I hope you get the insurance sorted out quickly. The amount of damage is shocking for the speed you were doing. It really shows how new cars have improved on safety. Good luck with the restoration.

 

Actually - when you look closer. It has done what the tests today try to achieve. 

 

It was hit in the front quarter, the crumpled parts bent in the right places, cushioned some of the impact, diverting the energy away. 

The passenger compartment is untouched, the glass hasn't cracked, so the monocoque is still true. 

 

I'd say the 7173 are pretty darn good in this respect... all that is missing are airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners.

 

Glad everyone is unscratched.

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I come here to forget I live on planet corona and now this. 2 damaged beauties in one thread pffff...

So sad see such cars being damaged like this.

 

Good luck to you both!

73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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So sorry this happened and I'm glad your okay! The damage on your car looks real bad but like others have said it is fixable and hopefully either insurance company will pay for them!

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!

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Thanks for all the responses gentlemen.  I'm still kinda in shock.  Really sucks, I saw the guy coming and let off the gas and he never even looked my way, blew the stop sign and tried turning left in front of me. I locked up the brakes but there was nowhere to go. I think the car did its job. The impact wasn't bad. I have been hit harder in demolition derbies!!  LOL  But I was surprised how much in crunched up. I was less than a mile from home and ended up driving it home.  I sent all the info to the insurance companies on both sides. I am supposed to hear back from them today.  I will keep you guys in the loop as to what they say. If i remember correctly, my car is insured for $36K.  I sure hope it don't go that far!!  But after digging around a bit on it last night its gonna need a good pull on frame machine. Rad support, several pieces of the inner fender apron will need replaced, front cross member is tweaked, driver shock tower is pushed in, doors are tweaked out, so body is definitely twisted. Looks like i will be calling Don at OMS in the near future.

Thanks again guys for the well wishes.  And Spike, I'm sorry to hear your car got smacked also....i feel your pain man!!

 

Few pics of the door gaps. Driver door looks pushed out and up. 

 

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Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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Thanks for all the responses gentlemen.  I'm still kinda in shock.  Really sucks, I saw the guy coming and let off the gas and he never even looked my way, blew the stop sign and tried turning left in front of me. I locked up the brakes but there was nowhere to go. I think the car did its job. The impact wasn't bad. I have been hit harder in demolition derbies!!  LOL  But I was surprised how much in crunched up. I was less than a mile from home and ended up driving it home.  I sent all the info to the insurance companies on both sides. I am supposed to hear back from them today.  I will keep you guys in the loop as to what they say. If i remember correctly, my car is insured for $36K.  I sure hope it don't go that far!!  But after digging around a bit on it last night its gonna need a good pull on frame machine. Rad support, several pieces of the inner fender apron will need replaced, front cross member is tweaked, driver shock tower is pushed in, doors are tweaked out, so body is definitely twisted. Looks like i will be calling Don at OMS in the near future.

Thanks again guys for the well wishes.  And Spike, I'm sorry to hear your car got smacked also....i feel your pain man!!

 

Few pics of the door gaps. Driver door looks pushed out and up. 

 

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Sorry to hear (harder to see) Totally sucks, but if you are healthy you have the ability to rebuild, hope it turns out ok with the insurance.

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I'm sorry to see this. It is the biggest fear I have as much as I drive mine. I can say when I had an issue my classic car insurer told me to stay out of it and let them handle it. They agreed to repair the car at the shop of my choice. They did not balk at the repair costs in any way, agreed to a complete repaint. They handled all the negotiation with the other party.

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It has all been said here already...  our worst nightmare that some of us, unfortunately go through. It will keep you busy, that’s for sure. We have insurance hoping to never have to use it... But, when the time comes, it is important to fall back on to secure the fund’s to move forward. Your health is #1, so, everything else is just a journey... Best of luck on this moving forward.

"Yes dear", has kept me in the hobby a long time...

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Sorry to hear this. Glad you are OK. Hope you can get it back to where it needs to be.

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Glad you are alright.

 

FWIW we have had a recent uptick in vehicle accidents at work. My wild guess is that many of the people on the road are distracted from the COVID 19 pandemic. Tired, worried, daydreaming, looking at news on their phone, checking texts etc.

 

I’m sorry for your loss, watching something you have invested a lot of time in take a hit like that is hard.

 

Peter

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:jawdrop: Oh No, Breaks my heart to see those two beautiful cars involved in Accidents :(

 

Got to ask, did you flatten the drivers that ran the red lights :@  I would be seriously pissed!

 

Karma would be to tie them to the back of the stang and drag em once you get the car rebuilt.  :@

 

 

Have to say there's an awful lot of work needed to put the car right, when the emotion settles down you might want to take a serious think, would you be happy with a repaired / rebuilt car?   I know that's a tough question, you will have to think on that one.

 

Would the car being rebuilt after an accident of that magnitude diminish in value as far a insurance is concerned?

 

Really hurts to see those pictures, especially the door alignments, frame is bent for sure :(

 

Mark 

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:jawdrop: Oh No, Breaks my heart to see those two beautiful cars involved in Accidents :(

 

Got to ask, did you flatten the drivers that ran the red lights :@  I would be seriously pissed!

 

Karma would be to tie them to the back of the stang and drag em once you get the car rebuilt.  :@

 

 

Have to say there's an awful lot of work needed to put the car right, when the emotion settles down you might want to take a serious think, would you be happy with a repaired / rebuilt car?   I know that's a tough question, you will have to think on that one.

 

Would the car being rebuilt after an accident of that magnitude diminish in value as far a insurance is concerned?

 

Really hurts to see those pictures, especially the door alignments, frame is bent for sure :(

 

Mark 

UK

 

I was pissed but what can you do. Of course my first thought is beat the daylights outta someone, but it was an accident. Shit happens!  I have owned this car for over 15 years and really like it. Its not numbers matching, its nothing special. It was a 302 car.  But its mine and i have thousands of hours in this thing over the years. Every bit of work ever done to it was by me, other than the paint job, my buddy did. I would of normally shot it but i needed it done before my wedding and didnt have the time. Depending what the insurance says, i may farm out some of the work and then finish it to my liking. I dont have a frame machine or jig. I really like the work Mustang Craftsmen did on Jpaz's car. So i may contact them and see if they could pull frame and get it back into shape, replace all the front panels and hang fenders and hood. Then bring it back to my shop to bodywork and paint. But we will see what happens. 

Thanks again guys, i appreciate all the comments!

Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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Well I know your pride has been well and truly hurt, as others have said, the good thing is you are ok.    I hope it works out with your insurance,as you know,there are so many  things that will likely be distorted from  suspension arms? Anti Roll bars?  Bulkhead?  Engine mounts?  Crossmembers,  the list goes on.

 

With this current Virus issue, it may be some time before things can happen, but on the bright side, at least a lot of the cars and coffee / car shows are postponed so you won't be missing out on anything :)

 

Good luck ::thumb::

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Very sad to see what happened to your car, glad to hear you were not hurt. You are the fourth person I know that has had a classic car hit in the last 30 days or so. I guess I'll keep mine in the garage a bit longer. I hope the insurance company treats you right. Hang in there. Chuck

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Kevin, First so glad you're okay, that's the real concern. The rest can be fixed. It just sucks that you likely won't get to enjoy your car much this season, if at all. 

I  honestly don't know what goes through people's minds these days when driving, but it certainly isn't on driving. Nobody seems to look past the end of the hood. To me, there's no such thing as an accident, it's a "stupidity" plain and simple. An accident is something no-one has any control over, a car crash is always caused by someone doing something stupid, as it was in your case.

Anyway, I sincerely hope you get it back to where you're happy with it, but it may never be the same in your mind.

All the best,

Geoff.

Geoff.

 I learn something new every day!

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Very sorry to see the damage, but glad you are okay. I have always admired your car in your posts, and wish you the best of luck with the insurance stuff and the repairs. If you run across a part listed in my neck of the woods (Piedmont Triad area of NC) and you need someone to look at it, just let me know.

Lazarus

 

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I'm so sorry to see this!  Hope it all gets worked out to your satisfaction.

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Sorry to hear and see this Kevin. It breaks my heart. After putting so much work in your car then this happens. It can be fixed but it will take a long time and that bites. We work on the off season to have the cars neat and then this happens. It is hitting 70s here today and I was planing on going for a cruise. I will go slower than normal until I get to the highway. As many have stated, there are too many distracted people out there driving cars that are easily replaceable. Not us, our cars are priceless due to rarity and all the time we have spent to make them look whatever way we want.

It upsets me to watch cars and even 16-wheelers on the highway driving erratic and when you pull next to them they are totally embedded in their phones. Then I blow the horn and gesture them, and they look at you like if you are the maniac.

I wish the best of luck trying to fix it. I wish I was closer to help.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

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Thanks guys. I got a message from the other guys insurance. They don’t think he has enough coverage to cover my car. What a surprise. They need more info from me and my insurance. Luckily part of my coverage has underinsured coverage in my policy. So I will give them a call tomorrow and see where to go from there. The games begin already!

Kevin
1971 Mach 1

408C Stroker - C4 w/3,000 stall - 8.8" Rear w/3.73's - Disc brakes all way around.

 

 

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Thanks guys.  I got a message from the other guys insurance. They don’t think he has enough coverage to cover my car. What a surprise. They need more info from me and my insurance. Luckily part of my coverage has underinsured coverage in my policy. So I will give them a call tomorrow and see where to go from there.  The games begin already!

Did you call the police and was the other driver cited ?

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