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BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.

Billy the Bus 09 Jul 03 - 11:50 PM
Ely 08 Jul 03 - 09:51 PM
Gareth 08 Jul 03 - 07:01 PM
Rapparee 08 Jul 03 - 08:48 AM
Deckman 08 Jul 03 - 06:37 AM
Steve Parkes 08 Jul 03 - 05:20 AM
Dave Bryant 08 Jul 03 - 05:11 AM
Mudlark 08 Jul 03 - 01:43 AM
Ebbie 07 Jul 03 - 08:29 PM
dagenham doc 07 Jul 03 - 07:09 PM
Liz the Squeak 07 Jul 03 - 05:25 PM
Chief Chaos 07 Jul 03 - 04:13 PM
kendall 07 Jul 03 - 01:31 PM
katlaughing 07 Jul 03 - 10:33 AM
Wolfgang 07 Jul 03 - 10:33 AM
Red and White Rabbit 07 Jul 03 - 06:40 AM
dagenham doc 07 Jul 03 - 05:57 AM

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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Billy the Bus
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 11:50 PM

On a very sombre note, here's a DIY way to wreck your car.

Drive a train into it!

It was a real accident that happened yesterday, here in NZ. A train ran into a car on a level crossing. It was rhe engine driver's car, and the really sad part is, his partner was inside - and killed. This is the only News Report I can find in a quick web-search. Somehow, it reads somewhat callous to me - especially para #3.

Please join me in a thought for the locomotive driver, who must be going through sheer unadulterated HELL, just now.

In sorrow - Sam


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Ely
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 09:51 PM

We donated our beloved 1983 Toyota Tercel wagon (at 258,000 miles) to Voluteers of America and they came to get it with a flatbed wrecker. I know they do that because they can never be sure what condition a donation car will ACTUALLY be in, and it's simpler if it's a 4-wheel drive or something, but it was awful to watch because the car ran fine. The body was in abysmal shape (had been hit before we owned it and every time you went over a bump, you looked back to make sure you still had a tailgate and a rear axle), but it ran like a charm. Probably still does, for someone.

In 16 years, apart from regular maintenance, we replaced the ignition and the tailgate lock and nothing else (we replaced the ignition because the keys wore out and we couldn't replacements any more).

On another note:
On my way to San Marcos last Thursday I managed to hydroplane and rear-end a Chevy Malibu full of Mormon missionaries. No injuries and no serious damage, but apart from whatever the Mormons want from me I now have to get the front bumper repaired--for cosmetic reasons--on my beautiful year-old hatchback. *Sob*. My only consolation is that, while we were exchanging insurance information, there were two other accidents at the same wet, oily intersection (a multi-car rear-ender and a pickup that spun out and broadsided the retaining wall on the other side of the road). I may be an imperfect driver but I'm in plentiful, if not good, company.


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Gareth
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 07:01 PM

Hmmm ! - Having just had to pay £270.00 to get my old Ford Fiesta through the MOT (An examination to proove basic road worthiness on cars over 3 years old in the UK) I thought this might be appropriate.

O the cost is high and the wages low,
Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
I think it's time for us to go!
An' it's time for us to leave her!

Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
Oh, leave her, Johnny, leave her!
For the shell is done an' the exhaust blow,
An' it's time for us to leave her!

O I thought I heard the MOT Man say,
Today's the day I'll earn my pay!

It's a welding job, and that is that,
It's the sill is 'gorn and that's a fact..

Her bearings shot and the cylinder head,
Oh she won't go far, the mechanic said.

The oil was foul an' the temp' ran high,
She struggled on but all went by.

We'd be better off in a nice new car,
With this banger, well, she got this far.

The brakes are shot, and the windscreen cracked,
It's a massive bill to bring her back.

O the cost is high and the wages low,
Leave her, Johnny, leave her!
I think it's time for us to go!
An' it's time for us to leave her!!

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Rapparee
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 08:48 AM

Often in the States you can donate cars -- running or not -- to such causes as the American Cancer Society or a local shelter for abused folks. They'll arrange to take the car away, and you can get a tax deduction.

We did that with two cars, a 1982 Honda Civic wagon and a 1985 Toyota wagon. The Honda had taken us on a month-long camping tour of The West in 1982 and had many memories attached. The Toyota was purchased after a the previous Toyota wagon was killed, foully murdered, by a college student rushing to class (my wife, who was driving, was shaken but uninjured) and it, too, had memories of trips and good times attached. Neither had less than 190,000 miles on it.

I suggest such donations. The charity sells the vehicle and uses the money, you get a tax deduction, and the vehicle does another good thing.

Of course, if the car was a lemon and cost you enough, cosider a sledge hammer....


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Deckman
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 06:37 AM

Hey Mudlark ... My idiot brother says it more simply ... "Never get emotionally involved in a woman or a car!" CHEERS, Bob


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 05:20 AM

Don't waste sentiment on the evil machines! A car will never miss an opportunity to make life difficult for you. If it's not actually breaking down, refusing to start, or putting your life in danger by doing stupid things while you drive, it's emptying your bank account by wearining out vital parts that can ony be got at by spending long -- and expensive -- hours under the mechanic's spanner. It knows you need it far more than it needs you.

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 05:11 AM

At one time Dagenham was the place where half the cars in the country came from !

Still there has to be a time when you turn off the life support - perhaps some cars long for euthanasia.


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Mudlark
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 01:43 AM

Oh fickle is man, when his wheels are at issue
It's love 'em and leave'em with a scant tear in a tissue
The old love is left to be crushed past all beauty
While he fauns on his new little positraction cutie

Oh it's a shame, it's a shame, it's a terrible shame.


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Ebbie
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 08:29 PM

How I missed her, how I missed her
How I missed my Clementine
'Til I kissed her little sister
And forgot my Clementine...


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: dagenham doc
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 07:09 PM

Thanks guys. I'm o.k. now.I've had a good nights sleep and have just come inside again after looking,gazeing,slobbering,and fawning over my NEW car. Wow she is so sleek and smoothe and shiny,fast,polished,purring......... am I shallow...nah!... superior model,excellent road holding...blah blah blah.



Doc


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 05:25 PM

$20? Bloody hell, here you have to pay £20 for the breaker to come and take them away!

At least my local council took away Nikki - my Lada - for free, within 12 hours of me phoning them and despite telling me it would take a week so I'd have time to take the tax disc out for the refund....

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 04:13 PM

I had to say goodbye to my '68 Mustang after a lady drove off a parking lot into her side at about 35 or 45 MPH. Tore the sheetmetal from the roof down to the trunk and left an 8" dent from halfway down the passenger side door to about 6" from the rear bumper. The impact was hard enough to actually bend the axle downward, not just the axle but the housing as well. Too much to repare on the measely $1,200 the insurance company gave me (after me fighting them tooth and nail)
I still feel bad about dropping her off at the "Mustang Ranch" a mustang spare parts place, and that was over 15 years ago.
Damn I miss her.


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: kendall
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 01:31 PM

It's like picking olives out of a bottle; the first is always the hardest.


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 10:33 AM

Sounds as though she made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting you? Didja no play the pipes for her as she went down? I remember such sweet sorrow but it was old age, she just gave out, all systems...naught we could do for the ol' Subaru. Our youngest sobbed and sobbed.


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Wolfgang
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 10:33 AM

Try to find consolation by imagining the feelings of preople who have wrecked a car that was worth 20,000 the day before the accident.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: Red and White Rabbit
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 06:40 AM

parting is such sweet sorrow - just beware of the nightmares to follow and the hauntings that come after that - beeing chased down the street by herbie and friends!!or every street corner you turn you see her there looking at you indicator lights blinking back the tears ands wipers waving frantically begging you to save her

there again you could be thankful that her organs are going to save some other little vehicle in some life saving transplant - trouble is donors relatives cant be informed so every car you see might just contain a little part of her - she will live on


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Subject: BS: I've never wrecked a car before!!!!.
From: dagenham doc
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 05:57 AM

I'm not well….It was like leaving the car at the old peoples home. They gave me twenty dollars for her. Twenty !!!? …one for every year I've had her….Then….. after finding out if they would accept her or not. (Can you believe that??????) . I had to drive her into the yard sanctum. ……….The place from which no car returns….She was left in a line to be dealt with ####*!!. I felt like I'd left her on death row. I looked around at the rows of cars up on stands …. their wheels and tires missing. People were stripping bits down as they wanted them. Like walking past rows of hanging bodies whilst the crows peck at the eyes. I know, I know….but it was Myyyyyyyyyyyyy !! car. I'm missing her already.I couldn't get the plates off. Glad really . Said good - bye and hurtled through a million trips we've shared together. I bet she's realised by now that she's not in for a spit and polish…………. I told you I wasn't well.


Doc


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