Another one lost to a drunk driver...

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tercel4wdrules
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Another one lost to a drunk driver...

Post by tercel4wdrules » Mon May 22, 2017 10:04 pm

Back in late 2105 I acquired this car from a forum member that used it to put together another vehicle. I saw the pictures of this car and went to go see it. The clean interior and the relatively straight body won me over although I really wasn't in the market for another car at the time and the fact that I had recently acquired a 4A engine from another forum member made the decision a bit easier. I took on this project without really knowing exactly how I was going to put it back together, but somehow I managed to get it running and my coworkers helped me out in the process. I've been real busy with work so I would drive it on the weekends and on a 300 mile loop through the mountains and desert of southern CA. This all changed in the early morning hours of Saturday when a drunk driver put an end to the dream. He smashed into it with a VW Jetta and the resulting impact threw my car over the sidewalk, tearing the right rear wheel off, and it came to rest on a fence as a pile of twisted metal. All my hard work to put this car back on the road was gone. It's destroyed inside and out - shattered glass and broken plastic litter the inside. The roof collapsed and there's not much in the rear of the car that can be salvaged. It's a sad end for this car but I'm glad nobody else got hurt. I was not home at the time it was towed away and instead my mom was alerted by the neighbors that my car was destroyed. I had seen other vehicles that have been hit while parked on the street but I hoped I would never have to deal with this. I still have my other Tercel that I've had for over 12 years so I'm still part of the club but I don't see myself getting involved with another Tercel project in the foreseeable future. I just hope the culprit has insurance so I can try and recoup my monetary loss, but now all that's left are the memories. It's a shame since I had put a rebuilt 4A and a ton of new parts on that car which is now all going to waste and this cannot be recovered.
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Re: Another one lost to a drunk driver...

Post by ARCHINSTL » Mon May 22, 2017 10:38 pm

Wow, Carlos - SO sorry for your loss.
It's a good thing you were not sitting in it at the time!
Tom
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Re: Another one lost to a drunk driver...

Post by GLet71 » Mon May 22, 2017 10:44 pm

Holy s**t!!
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Re: Another one lost to a drunk driver...

Post by irowiki » Tue May 23, 2017 12:46 am

Aw crap, glad nobody was actually in it.

Can you at least salvage the engine and powertrain?
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Re: Another one lost to a drunk driver...

Post by xirdneh » Tue May 23, 2017 9:07 am

Big time bummer
Love those Tercell 4x4 wagons but they sure suffer from road noise.

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Re: Another one lost to a drunk driver...

Post by LOSTFISH » Tue May 23, 2017 12:14 pm

sorry to hear about the tercel
glad no one is hurt

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Re: Another one lost to a drunk driver...

Post by Petros » Tue May 23, 2017 5:37 pm

what a shame. I lost a car the same way I had in high school and collage, an old volvo 122s, got it with a blown engine and completely rebuilt it, replaced just about every engine and suspension part to improve performance. and late one night while it was parked a drunk driver crushed it, twisted the unibody. I bought another one and switched all the parts over, but it was never drove the same as my original. I sold it later.

there are a number of parts you should salvage, engine and trans for sure, front marker lights look good, perhaps the seats if the are good. find a beater Tercel and use both cars to build one good running one.
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Re: Another one lost to a drunk driver...

Post by tercel4wdrules » Sat May 27, 2017 12:43 pm

It gets worse... The culprit that smashed it has no insurance and I did not have coverage for uninsured motorist so not only am I losing out on the car I'm also on the hook for the impound & storage. Now I am forced to get rid of the car ASAP with no chance of recovering the drive train as I have no place to store the car.
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Re: Another one lost to a drunk driver...

Post by rer233 » Sat May 27, 2017 1:12 pm

That really suxs...
if it aint there, there's a good chance it won't break!
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Re: Another one lost to a drunk driver...

Post by ARCHINSTL » Sat May 27, 2017 4:54 pm

Carlos - doesn't CA have mandatory liability insurance? I would have thought it would.
If so, he broke the law in this regard, apart from being drunk - right?
Maybe pursue a civil suit if it appears he has assets/job of any kind?
Tom
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Re: Another one lost to a drunk driver...

Post by Petros » Mon May 29, 2017 3:45 pm

A civil suite only works if the drunk driver has assets, people with assets carry insurance. It will cost money and time to get a judgement, I had a classic Porsche I was restoring rear ended by a drunk driver (in calif in about 1982). a lawyer talked me into a private lawsuit, we got a judgement, but it was uncollectable. A waste of time and money.

What you might do is see if the prosecutor can get built into his sentence for drunk driving that he pay you restitution. It will not cost you anything but writing a letter to the prosecutor. That makes it a condition of the guy to finish paying you off before he clears his record, often the parole board does not enforce this portion of the sentence very much, but it is better than nothing.
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'84 Tercel 4wd (daily driver, with on going mods)
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'01 Honda Civic (other daughter's daily driver)

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Re: Another one lost to a drunk driver...

Post by Toadrancher11 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:29 am

tercel4wdrules wrote:
Mon May 22, 2017 10:04 pm
Back in late 2105 I acquired this car from a forum member that used it to put together another vehicle. I saw the pictures of this car and went to go see it. The clean interior and the relatively straight body won me over although I really wasn't in the market for another car at the time and the fact that I had recently acquired a 4A engine from another forum member made the decision a bit easier. I took on this project without really knowing exactly how I was going to put it back together, but somehow I managed to get it running and my coworkers helped me out in the process. I've been real busy with work so I would drive it on the weekends and on a 300 mile loop through the mountains and desert of southern CA. This all changed in the early morning hours of Saturday when a drunk driver put an end to the dream. He smashed into it with a VW Jetta and the resulting impact threw my car over the sidewalk, tearing the right rear wheel off, and it came to rest on a fence as a pile of twisted metal. All my hard work to put this car back on the road was gone. It's destroyed inside and out - shattered glass and broken plastic litter the inside. The roof collapsed and there's not much in the rear of the car that can be salvaged. It's a sad end for this car but I'm glad nobody else got hurt. I was not home at the time it was towed away and instead my mom was alerted by the neighbors that my car was destroyed. I had seen other vehicles that have been hit while parked on the street but I hoped I would never have to deal with this. I still have my other Tercel that I've had for over 12 years so I'm still part of the club but I don't see myself getting involved with another Tercel project in the foreseeable future. I just hope the culprit has insurance so I can try and recoup my monetary loss, but now all that's left are the memories. It's a shame since I had put a rebuilt 4A and a ton of new parts on that car which is now all going to waste and this cannot be recovered.
in 2105 -dude what are the lottery numbers its 2017 can you give me them for the next 5 years --please----LOL

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