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Hot Rods Wrecked my coupe today.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by NoSurf, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,120


    Got my new master cylinder installed today, brakes bled and adjusted. Decided to take it down the road and back for a quick test drive.

    Fired up the new flatty, warmed it up. Went down my driveway and stopped, took a right onto the gravel road. Got going, shifted into second and the car got a little squirrely, went over to the left side into the loose gravel. I musta over corrected and went across to the right side, headed for the ditch. Got it turned some to the left, but not enough.

    Hit a power pole with the right front tire. Snapped it off at the base and about halfway up. Got tangled in the barbwire fence and came to a stop.







    I came out ok. Bruised my shins and I have a black & blue on my right bicep. Just really bummed I guess.

    Gonna cost about a $1000 for a new power pole.

    Damage assessment so far:

    Frame is bent (AA Ford)
    Axle bent (Magnum 4" dropped)
    Main leaf is toast
    Right spindle (47 ford) arm broke off
    Wishbone mount snapped
    Windshield smashed
    Radiator damaged
    Fan bent up.
    Right water pump motor mount broken.
    Right front tire toast.

    But- my gennie '32 grill shell is repairable and so are the insert bars (Thanks NealinCa!)

    Time to go bionic.

    we can rebuild him.


    Last edited: Oct 30, 2008
  2. LabRat
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,551


    Glad to hear your OK , It takes a big man to admit his mistakes and it takes a sense of humour to show it to the rest of us !

    Many a cool car has come from trips to the ditch ....
  3. Keep up the good attitude. Bad luck, everything happens for a reason.
  4. Dat Dirty Rat
    Joined: Jan 15, 2003
    Posts: 3,497

    Dat Dirty Rat

    That sucks but i'm glad to hear your ok and thats more important....The rest can be fixed in time.....The worst is the cost of the me...i know! :)
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  5. Spedley
    Joined: Mar 5, 2004
    Posts: 392


    Yikes.... Sorry to hear the horrible news. And even on one of the first rides... My condolences... Least you have your spirits!
  6. slepe67
    Joined: Jan 22, 2008
    Posts: 1,146


    DUDE! Glad youre ok, the windshield wasn't from you hitting it, is it? That sucks seeing your ride all jacked up. You'll be back on the road in no have to buy a power pole because you hit it???? maybe I'm too tired...
  7. fuzzy bunny
    Joined: Feb 28, 2007
    Posts: 448

    fuzzy bunny

    Damn that sucks! was the pole really so damaged it needs to be replaced?, and a thousand bucks!? Damn!
  8. Sorry to hear about this. But just think, if was anything but old iron you were driving, it would be totaled and the pole would still be standing. You built one tough sum bitch.
  9. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    Wow, glad you are ok. Looks like it could have been a lot worse. It takes quite a bit to snap a pole like that. Good luck with getting it back together.
  10. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,394


    That sucks, go out in the garage and take your frustrations out on something with a ball peen hammer.
  11. Insane 1
    Joined: Feb 13, 2005
    Posts: 973

    Insane 1
    from Ennis TX

    Losing control of a car is never fun, but it does kinda take your mind off things for a few seconds.

    As for the car it's just fun tickets and metal, cut and weld, and she'll be better than new.
  12. Bummer man, my condolences.
  13. ray
    Joined: Jun 25, 2001
    Posts: 3,757



    glad your okay man.
  14. Salty
    Joined: Jul 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,259

    from Florida

    Dang, grand is cheap...they're charging about 2K round these parts if you take out a pole and your "at fault" course thats by the time everyone gets a peice of ya, (city, power co, regulatory commities, etc)

    Glad YOU are alright, everything else will follow car looks like it faired pretty darn good...
  15. HighSpeed LowDrag
    Joined: Mar 2, 2005
    Posts: 968

    HighSpeed LowDrag
    from Houston

    Glad you're OK. Shame about the car but you seem to be taking it a whole lot better than I would be.


    Note to self: Do not hit power poles hard enough to break them.
  16. Jimv
    Joined: Dec 5, 2001
    Posts: 2,925


    That sucks!! But as long as your OK, windshield doesn't look too cool, did you hit it?
  17. flatoz
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 3,145


    damn. sorry to hear, going to be one hell of a tale when you get it going finally

    "so this is a new car on the scene?"



    "yep, been built twice now"

    glad your ok, thats the biggest thing.

    I have a special hammer and piece of steel just for these occasions take my frustrations out on that.
  18. Pir8Darryl
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,489


    Glad your ok... Good attitude about the stuation.

    Take lots-o-pictures of it's re-birth!!!
  19. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,688

    from Tampa, FL

    Whew. As everyone agrees glad you are ok. Like the better stronger faster idea. Gary
  20. Thirtycoup
    Joined: Jul 21, 2002
    Posts: 1,198


    so sorry to hear of this jay....... but very glad to hear your ok. please keep us posted on your progress with the rebuild, can't wait to see it up and running even stronger!!
  21. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 4,482


    HOTROD HOODLUMS have taken over the streets!

    Sorry to hear (and see). Great story to tell the grandkids though...and you have the photos to prove it. Glad you're taking it so well. All the best for the rebuild.

  22. zibo
    Joined: Mar 17, 2002
    Posts: 2,346

    from dago ca

    Man you are lucky to get out of there with only a couple bruises.
    That looks like it had the potential to do alot more damage to your body.
    Like sstated before, good thing ya built a strong car!

    Out of curiousity did you have a seat belt on? Lap only?
    Did the doors pop open when you hit?
    Did the engine/tranny detach from frame?

    Just curious to make sure I walk out of mine if anything like that ever happens!

    Take care,
  23. Cshabang
    Joined: Mar 30, 2004
    Posts: 2,458


    Sorry man. Happy to hear you're ok. Man that sucks...
  24. hotcargo
    Joined: Nov 9, 2005
    Posts: 307


    Hey Nosurf , really sorry to read about your coupe , but glad your OK ,

    .....are you sure your steering arm didnt break off first ?????? ...causing the car to become squirrely

    I've crack tested a lot of early ford spindles over the years here in Australia and not a lot of stock ones have passed .......and only a few that have been heated and bent to some degree have passed

    You might think we are a redneck country but we have some of the stringest laws regarding safety of suspension components

    anyway mate it was just a thought ...........

    cheers Steve in Oz
  25. Doug B
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 478

    Doug B

    This doesn't sound right,but those are great pics...Obviously this SUCKS,and I feel for you,but you did a good job documenting the event.When you get it rebuilt no one will believe it,but you have the pics to prove it. Hang in there and post the progress of the " Bionic Coupe" .
  26. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
    Posts: 6,240

    general gow
    Staff Member

    makes me sick to my stomach to see those pics so big. they didnt look that bad on the cell phone screen last night.

    i am just so glad you're okay. let me know if you need care packages from the stash. does that 47 front end you gave me have spindles, i wonder?

    talk soon bro. chin up.

    and remember the frame rails i have...
  27. damn man , that bites the big one , good to see you came out of this ok ..
  28. skwurl
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
    Posts: 1,620


    That sucks man. glad youre ok. Keep your head up.
  29. Stick Shift
    Joined: Oct 2, 2005
    Posts: 2,558

    Stick Shift
    from LENA IL

    Glad to read you are ok. Working for the electric company I have seen much worse accidents involving poles. Sucks it had to happen to you and this car. Your car has to be one of my favorites. That thing is kool. At least it will be back on the road again. Take Care and glad you were not badly injured.
  30. 4dFord/SC
    Joined: Sep 12, 2004
    Posts: 837


    Sounds like the power company should pay you, since it was their pole that ran out in front of your car.

    Seriously, hope it all works out and you get it back on the road soon.

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