If it's not one thing it's another.....

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So my wife ran into town last night and got whacked by some idiot running a red light.....She's fine (thankfully!), but my favorite yellow truck has seen better days....

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The level of carnage on the right front suspension is impressive though...

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To me it looks borderline as to whether they'll total it...I guess I'll find out in a few days.....

-d
 
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Glad she's ok. Seems like everytime I mess up my suspension I can never get it back right hope that's not your case.

I'm curious as to the speed of the other car, it's amazing what damage even 20 miles an hour can do.
 
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Glad she's ok. Seems like everytime I mess up my suspension I can never get it back right hope that's not your case.

I'm curious as to the speed of the other car, it's amazing what damage even 20 miles an hour can do.

Nobody was going all that fast from what I understand (I wasn't there). Much as I hate to say it (because it'll end up costing me an arm and a leg on a new truck) I almost hope it gets totalled. I've known too many folks who were stuck with vehicles that just "weren't right" after major repairs....

We'll see this week!

-d
 
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I am glad she's ok getting hit like that. Hope that other people are ok as well. Sorry to hear that happen to your wife. We have played in that kind of show before here as well. :yawn:
 
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ouch..glad all are OK..it's a pita but it's only a truck..it could have been much worse.
 
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Thank God the wife is ok, Deker!!!!!
Maybe if they total the truck you can buy it from them for a couple hundred bucks and fix it yourself and get it back on the road!
 
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Thank God the wife is ok, Deker!!!!!
Maybe if they total the truck you can buy it from them for a couple hundred bucks and fix it yourself and get it back on the road!

I don't have time to be in the knife shop much less fix a truck! :)

Also, I'm not certain I want it after being fixed. There's too much of the suspension that's been messed up for me to trust it. I'm looking for a silver lining and hoping that I can upgrade to a 3/4 ton crew-cab diesel if they total it...The little "suicide" rear doors on my truck were a mistake. They can "trap" you in a parking lot if you need to load groceries, etc in. I DO need the back seat for the dogs though :)

I talked to the insurance company and should know by early next week.

-d
 
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A good shop can fix that & make it right! I've cut cars off at the firewall and replaced the entire front end and they drove 'right'. Like everything else, framework takes experience and attention to detail! Biggest problem is shops want to make a BIG buck, :jerkit: insurance companies want to save a BIG buck, :jerkit::jerkit: and YOU get whatever can be done cheapest. :(

I sure do miss messes like that!! :barf:

Glad everyone involved is okay!!
 
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A good shop can fix that & make it right! I've cut cars off at the firewall and replaced the entire front end and they drove 'right'. Like everything else, framework takes experience and attention to detail! Biggest problem is shops want to make a BIG buck, :jerkit: insurance companies want to save a BIG buck, :jerkit::jerkit: and YOU get whatever can be done cheapest. :(

I sure do miss messes like that!! :barf:

Glad everyone involved is okay!!

The shop that has it came very highly recommended and the owner has the same year F-150 that he bought wrecked in the front end and fixed for himself, so he knows these things pretty well. The adjuster should be out tomorrow so we'll see...

-d
 
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I am willing to bet that they will total it out. Looks like the door, quarter panel and front light are gone for sure and the axle asembley probably is dammaged to some extent. My Dad has a car lot and I see trucks and cars with far less dammage get totaled out. Good luck and I'm glad your wife is ok.
 
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Get a new one .These days they're almost giving them away !! I may be doing that soon as I just had another almost accident .For the second time in a month missing by seconds and inches !
 
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Get a new one .These days they're almost giving them away !! I may be doing that soon as I just had another almost accident .For the second time in a month missing by seconds and inches !

Well, it IS totalled, and I'll be getting a used 3/4 or 1 ton Dodge diesel. To me it makes not a lot of sense to buy a new truck right now. Sure, the incentives are good, but why is that? Because the used market is FLOODED :)

So, I can spend $45-50k on a new truck (with extra emissions crap introduced last year that I don't want anyways) and lose $15k as soon as I drive it off of the lot, or I can Spend $20-25k and get a nicely appointed truck that's a few years older and may have 30-50k miles on a cummins diesel. I'll take the half-price one from the guy who doesn't want to feed a big truck anymore. It's not a daily driver for me, but I do need a truck around for hauling/towing/etc. We also have a tendency to use our truck as our "road trip vehicle" so it needs to be comfy and not get horrible MPG. Even a 1 ton duallie can easily get 22MPG highway (if you keep it at 55-60MPH). Compared to the 13 I was getting in the F-150, it roughly offsets due to the cost differential in fuel, but I get added capability, and the ability to burn almost anything remotely like oil in it if I feel like it.

The SVO conversions are finally hitting a price point and level of refinement that make it not a completely disgusting chore to gather waste veggie oil from restaurants, etc. It's good to have options :D

Now, I just need to find the TIME to find the truck I want....I'll have a check from the insurance company tomorrow. The downside of course is that I'll be "extending" my car payment for another 3-5 years which sucks, but I expected I'd take a hit with a totalled truck....Que Sera Sera.

-d
 
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Well hate to hear your losing your favorite truck, but maybe you'll like the next one better. I've been seeing 07's in this area that have less than 20k on the clock go for next to nothing compared to brand new here's hoping you find one of those.
 
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Well hate to hear your losing your favorite truck, but maybe you'll like the next one better. I've been seeing 07's in this area that have less than 20k on the clock go for next to nothing compared to brand new here's hoping you find one of those.

I've settled on an '03-06 Crewcab or Megacab Dodge diesel. There's part of me that wants a new 2008 (some dealers are giving 50% discounts to get them off the lot!), but the new 6.7L Cummins, while a great motor, is suffering from the new EPA enforced emissions gear. The particulate filters clog up and melt turbos and such. I'd LOVE to have one (especially if I could get that $50k truck for half price!) but I'm afraid they won't get the issues ironed out and I don't want to void a warranty by "fixing" it myself.

Anybody have a nice, diesel Megacab they want to part with? :D

-d
 
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And life goes on....

I ran across a good deal on a truck today and signed the papers. I won't get it until next week since I still have to drop a check on Monday and the dealer has to take it into the shop to certify it for the extended warranty, but that's OK.

I'll have a brand spankin' used medium blue 2006 Dodge 3500 MegaCab with single rear wheels and a 5.9L Cummins Turbo Diesel! Sure is a comfy ride and after the check from the insurance company it works out to the same loan payment I had before, just extended for a few more years.

I'll take a camera and get pics when I go to drop off the check :)

-d
 
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