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#1 ShawnW

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 03:29 PM

I now have Jerry's old brat. Pretty well known in the Pac NW. Around May it was rear ended by a Pizza delivery guy that wasn't paying attention.

My friend Joe drove it back from Washington for me and it made the 1800 mile trip without a problem...before we even began to fix it.

Today I picked it up from the frame shop. They set the frame back to original specifications and much of the damage that was done in the accident has "popped" back to looking normal.

Before:

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Next step is to replace the tailgate and then try to get it inspected and titled.

#2 ShawnW

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 03:31 PM

Lots of pictures of this in my album.

The link below takes you to the before pictures and there is a "repairs begin" folder that has a few more of the pictures I took today after getting back from the frame shop.

http://usmb.net/gallery/albun99

#3 Goatboy

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 03:38 PM

Just out of curiosity what did the the frame shop charge you for straightening? I have a Dodge Dakota pick-up that needs to be straightened and I am scared of what it will cost. -- GoatBoy

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 03:49 PM

Wow no rust.:slobber:

A little body work and it's as good as new.

Show us pics as the restoration progresses.

#5 GeneralDisorder

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 03:53 PM

Yeah - I'm also curious what that cost to have done? My Brat is a bit crooked (tailgate doesn't shut quite right).

Looks similar to some of the damage on mine - maybe a lot of it could be pulled out like yours....

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#6 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 03:54 PM

Amazing Shawn! That looks like a totally different brat in the before and after's.

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 04:49 PM

If I woulda known it would straighten up that nicely with just a frame rack I woulda bought it when Jerry offered it to me :boohoo:

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 04:52 PM

it was less than the cost of the Brat :)

well worth it.... :banana:

he just wants a Brat like mine :lol:

#9 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 05:02 PM

What was the guy driving who hit Jerry??? a pillow?? That thing doesnt have a scratch on it.

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#10 ShawnW

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 05:39 PM

$320.30 for the computerized straightening which was 5 hours labor.
The cost varies depending on how far off it is and how hard the rack is to hook up to the vehicle due to how bent it is if I understood right.

I like yours Mick, but I don't want one JUST like it cuz then it wouldn't be unique. I like that yours has 110,000 less miles on it though! When (if) this engine wears out I will put the super quiet 94k motor out of the 84 wagon in it, or I will put an ea81T in it.

This weekend I am going to put my alloy wagon wheels on it and see how that looks.

#11 Goatboy

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 05:46 PM

Thats about what I figured my Pick-up would be. $300-$400 but it needs a $150 altenator and Battery too. Also a replacement tire and wheel that it lost when it went against the 12 inch curb. Going to be close to a grand to get it back on the road. So it sits awhile longer and I bought a $400 '85 GL D/R 4X4 Wagon instead of fixing the truck. Works out for me. Less Money, better car and the truck was my wife's, she wrecked it and I get to buy a soob out of the deal!!! Sweet huh?
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#12 JWX

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 06:05 PM

I'm kind of scared to ask, but whats the plan for this one, there Shawn?

#13 bushbasher

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 07:29 PM

I'm sure they managed to avoid using the word computerized and labour in one sentence :D

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 11:58 PM

Hey Brian This is Jerry, the guy that hit me was in a 92 toyota pickup. He was going 45mph and he didn't even see me at all. I was stop wateing for traffic. I seen him comming but there was nothing i could do. If i didn't have the rear disc on i would have hit the car in front of me. The guy didn't try to stop because he was looking for a house adddress thats what he said. BTW it was day light at the time. Thanks Jerry

#15 Flowmastered87GL

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Posted 28 November 2003 - 02:23 PM

I dont know about other pizza drivers but when I am looking for an address I go 25 or less.

#16 MilesFox

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Posted 28 November 2003 - 03:09 PM

i almost drove into a parked buick when i delivered in fort wayne.
it helps to know the area you deliver in!




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