It's time for my new project thread
I need to start with a bit of background... Almost exactly 1 year ago I bought a rather neglected but excellent Sprint and after a few months of teething problems finally had it in tip-top shape.
The car them became my daily driver around London and regular trips to visit family in Poole (120 miles each way), which it did without fail! Then, in in early October 2008, as I was stationary in traffic on the M4, I was rear ended by a Golf driver who forgot to stop... Luckily I had my foot and hand brakes on so wasn't pushed into the car infront
The driver was young, very apologetic and admitted responsibility on the spot.
A couple of weeks later, KSF was attacked again, this time by a German rental van driver who decided to U-turn into me! Probably confused by the different direction of traffic flowing - an easy mistake, but annoying for me! Again, he was very apologetic and admitted fault on the spot. Luckily, the only injury was a bruise on my arm that bore the exact same profile as the wooden door capping...
To cut a 3-month-long story short, both insurance companies initially wanted to write the car off, but after nearly a million letters and phone calls have now agreed to repair. The side damage is being paid for by the insurance company, the rear damage I have received a 'cash in lieu' settlement.
So, my plans for the car now? It's being sent to a classic car restorer to have a total rebuild! The accident damage will be repaired, and the whole car repainted in Pageant Blue. I'm going to do most of the strip down and reassembly of the 'cosmetic' parts myself. I also plan to get the wheels refurbished and fitted with new tyres. As I've been unable to source a decent tan interior I'm going to fit a black one (much more practical as I use the car a lot). Apart from that it's staying pretty much as-is
It's booked in to the body shop in a couple of weeks... watch this space!
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