Monday, October 4, 2005
It finally arrives!
My CompG finally arrived. There were
several delays in having it delivered from Tulsa,
Oklahoma. We went to pick it up from the driver, but
were unable to drive it due to a damaged(destroyed)
wheel and tire which obviously happened during the
transportation. No one from the trucking company was
willing to do anything about the damage.
Disassembly - Monday
I spent Monday evening
disassembling the car to prepare it for the frame rack,
where it was obviously going to spend a bit of time getting
I spent a few more hours removing parts
including the front bumper and rear seats. I can now see
the extent of the damage. I've purchased all of the
parts needed for the repair, so hopefully the body shop
can get it on the frame rack next Monday, October 10th
so I can have it back in time for the following weekend.
Friday, October 7th
The only progress since earlier this week
is that the rear window has been removed so that it will
not be damaged during the frame repairs.
While the rear glass was out of the car, I
decided I'd go ahead and retint it. Since I tint windows in
my spare time, I didn't want to have someone else's tint job
on my new car : ) Besides, the film that was on there wasn't
all that great and the installer was somewhat sloppy as you
can see in pictures 3 - 5. The CompG will be on the frame rack
tomorrow morning so things should be happening pretty
quickly after that!
The car is finally on the frame rack. I took
a couple of pictures showing the damage to the frame rail as
well as the exhaust. You can see how the rear end is shifted
to the passenger side from the impact. They'll be starting
on it first thing in the morning, and I expect that the
repairs will be complete by the end of the week.
Progress! The rear quarter is looking more
like it used to, and the right rear door now opens and
closes perfectly! You can see how the frame rail is no
longer collapsed in the before and after pictures below:
They have pulled the rear frame rail about 3
chain lengths (~ 3 inches!!) so far. They'll be doing more
tomorrow. They told me they like to pull it and let it
relax, then keep working with it until it's where it needs
to be. I also ordered my Eibach Prokit springs today, and
plan to put them on as soon as they arrive. Because the car
will sit pretty low, especially with the Inferno chin
spoiler, it will get a four wheel alignment prior to
installation of the front bumper and rocker panels.
The rear quarter is just about done, and the
rear tail light section has been pulled back into place. The
tail light now fits perfectly, and the trunk lid is mounted
and fits very well. There is a still a little bit of pulling
left to make the car the correct length, and the exhaust
still needs to be straightened. However, I'm absolutely
thrilled with the progress thus far. The quarter panel will
not need very much work to make it straight, and the sail
panel won't be a big deal to repair with a "stud gun".
The car is just about finished from a repair
standpoint. The rear sheet metal and bumper was installed
today to check the alignment of everything together.
Needless to say, the fit is fantastic. There were a couple
more measurements to check, so the car will remain on the
rack over the weekend and should be back up front in my
dad's shop on Monday afternoon. Then the process of
repairing the quarter panel, sanding, blocking, and painting
all of the body parts will begin. My Eibach springs arrived
today, so I will be installing those once I get the car
back. Incidentally, I received the wheel I purchased from
eBay last week. It was to replace the wheel which was
damaged during the transportation. It was a bargain, so I'm
pretty happy with that purchase also.
Well, it's finally out of the body shop and
ready for me to disassemble, straighten, sand, and paint.
Tomorrow I'll be removing all the body parts, re-installing
the interior, and begin installing the Eibachs.
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