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Old 13th July 2012, 20:28   #1
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I bent mine after spinning it on a Dual carriageway.

Not 100% sure what happened as it stepped out far more quickly and violently than it has ever done before, normally any wheel spin even at 75-80 in 3rd is very controllable leading to a gentle tail wagging plus I was not even going that quick due to being behind other traffic but it was damn wet

The rear wheel took the brunt of the impact as I connected with an already damaged crash barrier post.

I later found out that two other accidents had happened in exactly the same place previously and the post was sticking out below the barrier

Otherwise it would have just been tram lines down the side as I had almost got it back under control despite going backwards at speed!

Most probably I spun the rears up and got it very sideways and around it went

Repairs are well under way.

Just a few Scrapes!
A few shots prior to pulling it to pieces
Most obvious damage is the the rear quarter panel, it will be having a new one welding in as the wheel has made a real mess of it around the arch and the crash barrier did its bit as well and I do not want excess filler so am paying the extra to have the panel replaced.

On removing the interior trim and bumper I realised the vent opening into the boot was pushed in by the bumper which also dented the seam at the corner as well but I expect those will be straightened etc. as that is a simple repair when they fit the new quarter panel.

Local body shop said immediately they will sort out the doors. which is good

There is a mark on the upper tie bar where it hit the seam of the inner wing. It doesn't look bent and the paint is not broken

The entire rear suspension is coming out anyway as no way is it designed to go in the direction it has so I suspect some of the rubber bushes may be crushed, torn or whatever.

I have bought one of the last Brand new full rear assemblies

I also will be replacing the front struts whilst I am at it as after 90,00 miles the yellow paint is well past its best, they look a ****** real mess so as I already had two new ones squirreled away to fit, now is the time to use them.


The rear ABS sensors on the V8 come out very easily! I was dreading them being seized in like thery do on the fronts - anyone that has done one will know what I mean!

The rears are also a different type of fitting to the front ones.

Whilst removing the rear calipers I noticed MGR had used different types of bolts into the Knuckle, on my car they used Hex screws those on the new rear suspension use Torx screws I prefer the Hex screws I wonder why the difference.

I will post updates as work and finances permit

























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Old 13th July 2012, 20:52   #2
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Hi Keith, glad to hear your OK though. How much is it going to cost to put her right? I take it, the insurance company didn't try and write it off. Maybe because it's a V8 and worth more, that wasn't an issue?
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You can do without things like that but at least it looks a fairly easy repair & no people were harmed during the making of this photoshoot
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Old 13th July 2012, 21:12   #4
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Hi Keith, glad to hear your OK though. How much is it going to cost to put her right? I take it, the insurance company didn't try and write it off. Maybe because it's a V8 and worth more, that wasn't an issue?
It is a cat C - beyond economical repair according to the assessor
Once the repairs are estimated at over 65% of a cars value they give up.

I am waiting for a Cheque from the insurers and a quote from a local body shop to do the body work only once I have it mechanically sorted.

I was going to overhaul the suspension front and rear this winter anyway
an do some touch up work.

Ironically this side of the car needed some paint - but not this much!
There was a wee dent in the rear wing - previous owner.

I scuffed the front bumper at Brooklands last year coming out of the hotel car park which everyone noticed as it was bright yellow!
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Old 13th July 2012, 21:14   #5
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You can do without things like that but at least it looks a fairly easy repair & no people were harmed during the making of this photoshoot
Karen bumped her head against the side window but that was it
It was a relatively slow speed accident

First and accident I have had being entirely my fault as well
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It is a cat C - beyond economical repair according to the assessor
Mine had been written off for this



so hardly surprising yours was, the fact that it's a V8 & a bit more "special" than the run of the mill models means nothing to the man with the clipboard, as far as he's concerned it's a car worth X & it's going to cost Y to put it right & because Y is nearly as much as X then that's the end of it sadly
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If you don't mind me asking, where did this happen. It sounds like theremay be a problem with the road if other people have had problems there.
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I have seen 260's in a worse state

Good luck with the repairs, don't let the insurers rip you off!!
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Hiya Keith.

Very sorry about the bump, but delighted that you are both OK.. Cars can be fixed..

Glad it wasn't the car you keep hidden in the other garage..
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If you don't mind me asking, where did this happen. It sounds like theremay be a problem with the road if other people have had problems there.
I was on the Shrewsbury bypass
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, loads of people have since told me similar accident happen quite often lot on that stretch of road!

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Very sorry about the bump, but delighted that you are both OK.. Cars can be fixed..

Glad it wasn't the car you keep hidden in the other garage..
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Thanks James, yes only damaged tin not people.
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