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Offline dochawk

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Argh! rear-ended!
« on: March 25, 2017, 07:36:39 PM »

The Las Vegas chapter was invited to the Maloof collection this morning--a private collection, not open to the public.

Almost there, it had to be in a block or two, and I saw Colin's '28, followed by a '41, in the left turn lane going the other direction.

Great!  they're probably going into this driveway, so I stopped to follow them through.

*wham*

rear-ended.

It doesn't look like it's *too* bad.  Left rear bumper driven in about three inches, a broken sense, and the left exhaust an inch or two too low.

*sniff*

At least he was insured.

As described by another member who saw it (several happened to; the turn was actually to the next driveway), he actually stopped, then started to swerve around me, then hit me with no other traffic there . . .

And my neck started hurting fairly quickly, which is abnormal for such a collision.

hawk

p.s.  If '41s are your thing, this is the collection to see.  32 of them, I believe, some even identical.  The entire collection seemed to be about 2/3 Cadillac, and apparently *all* of these cars start and run.  A handful of lincolns, three replica Duesenbergs--and three real ones, two, including a boat tail and a supercharged specimen (apparently, the supercharger assembly alone is about $100k these days . . .).
1972 Eldorado convertible,  1997 Eldorado ETC (now awaiting parts swap from '95 donor), 1993 Fleetwood but no 1926 (yet)

Offline 35-709

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Re: Argh! rear-ended!
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2017, 08:08:40 PM »
Sorry to hear about that idiocy.  Everybody is in a big rush and/or just not paying attention.  Big Red got rear-ended a couple of years ago by a 40 year old woman in a Hyundai, she was texting.  I was stopped at a traffic light with my wife and another couple on our way to dinner.  Texting in downtown rush hour traffic --- she never touched her brakes!  Hagerty Insurance shelled out $10,000 and B.R. was as good as before, try finding a one year only '35 Cadillac rear bumper though.  Still drive B.R. regularly and will be driving the old boy to the Washington, DC GN.
1935 Cadillac Sedan resto-mod "Big Red"
1973 Cadillac Caribou - Sold - but still in the family
1950 Jaguar Mark V Saloon resto-mod - Sold
1942 Cadillac 6269 - Sold
1968 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
1935 Glenn Pray - Auburn Boattail Speedster, Gen. 2

Offline dochawk

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Re: Argh! rear-ended!
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2017, 10:26:49 PM »
I took it in to my regular body shop and the insurance place that does their eval. 

It looks like under $2k, unless they find more once they have the bumper wrap, etc., off (which my shop warns is a distinct possibility), so I don't have to worry about them totaling it.

This car is meant to be my daily driver for another 20 years or so . . .

hawk

p.s.  It hit 100k today
« Last Edit: March 29, 2017, 10:30:29 PM by dochawk »
1972 Eldorado convertible,  1997 Eldorado ETC (now awaiting parts swap from '95 donor), 1993 Fleetwood but no 1926 (yet)

Offline Carl Fielding

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Re: Argh! rear-ended!
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2017, 06:02:26 AM »
Hi Rick ! Oh , sorry to see you got hit. I hope you are feeling better , and the damage to your neck is not serious. I got hit in the left rear of a '73 SDV by a car failing to yield, reduced visibility due to sun angle. Snapped the Cad around a little over 180 degrees. I could feel every vertebrae "pop" in order from mid back up. Ended facing the other way feeling like something hit the left side of my head. Weird. I had a slight pain for about a year at a very specific spot mid back. One day that spot became very painful so I made an appointment to see a neurosurgeon. The day of my appointment, the pain TOTALLY disappeared, and never came back ! That was 30 years ago ! Don't take any chances with spinal injury.

I talked to Colin , John , and Jason recently. I absolutely MUST get back and at the very least , drive the '27 to L.A. My recent cardiac problems have been relieved , and I got as clean a bill of health as possible under the circumstances ! Pacemaker next time. Well , I know you are very busy , particularly with this recent event. Please give me a call when you get a chance to relax. Try the 408-621-8261 number first. And make sure to do exactly what the doctors tell you about your neck. You know all of your CLC brothers and sisters wish you well !   - Carl

Offline dochawk

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Re: Argh! rear-ended!
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2017, 08:22:32 PM »
I'm glad your health is better. I look forward to seeing you.

I seem ok; there's one spot of sore muscle and a bid of residual stiffness.  Except for the initial headache, it didn't get much worse than a day overdoing it on the yard or house repairs.

The initial estimate is about $1300, and the insurance isn't disputing it.  However, they seem to think that the bumper-wrap panel can be repaired; we shall see . . .

1972 Eldorado convertible,  1997 Eldorado ETC (now awaiting parts swap from '95 donor), 1993 Fleetwood but no 1926 (yet)

Offline grandads59

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Re: Argh! rear-ended!
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2017, 11:36:20 AM »
My expierence with adjusters is they think everything can be fixed.  I usually try to meet with the body man 1 on 1 and tell him how I would like it repaired.  Good luck.

J Hartwell

Bill Young

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Re: Argh! rear-ended!
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2017, 07:35:28 PM »
I would Love to see pictures of your '72

Offline dochawk

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Re: Argh! rear-ended!
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2017, 09:16:09 PM »
I would Love to see pictures of your '72

There are some at http://forums.cadillaclasalleclub.org/index.php?topic=142373.0

Three more bolts on the fan, and I should be ble to back it out again . . .
1972 Eldorado convertible,  1997 Eldorado ETC (now awaiting parts swap from '95 donor), 1993 Fleetwood but no 1926 (yet)

 

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