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It's rebuilding time. For those who are unaware as to why this car needs to be totally rebuilt, please refer to this thread: http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/vintage-mustang-forum/660043-horrible-awful-news-clicking-will-make-you-queasy.html. In short, I spent 3 years building this car (Calamity Jane) and had her on the road for 3 days before someone rear-ended me going approximately 40mph faster than I was. Results were obviously not pretty and as such, she needs a makeover in a big way.

This first post will serve as a table of contents for easy navigation - below you will find a list of links pointing to each of my posts in this thread as the thread progresses. Or, just read the whole thing through.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Post #1: Ripping out the interior and initial pictures of interior metal damage.
Post #2: Removed due to incorrect information, standby for correct information in later posts when my head is on straight(er)
Post #3: Also removed due to incorrect information, see above comments regarding the condition of my head :)
Post #4: Update with insurance and initial game plan regarding Jane's repair.

The goal is to get back to where we were and beyond. Once she's done, she will resume being my daily driver with the exception of when I am in Wilmington NC - the town is simply too dangerous and I am not interested in driving there every again quite frankly.

My body/paint guy, Chas, will be in charge of most of this project as I will be in Colorado on a job (which I had intended to take Jane to). We'll see where this thing goes...

Onwards!
 

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Best wishes on Jane's second coming. She deserves it, and so do you!
 

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5/14/2013

Ripped out the interior today as the insurance company gave me the go-ahead on that. Remarkably little of my interior will need replacement I think, though the list will likely grow as we figure out more. So far, I will need:

Both interior quarter trim panels
Driver's side rear trim "elbow" (for lack of a better word)

I may also need a new 1993 LX Mustang driver's seat as mine is not doing so well. That will be taken apart at a later point in time to see what's up with it.

Anyways, here's the pictures of what the metal looks like underneath. Remarkably the rear seat assembly is intact and functional - pretty much everything just got pushed upwards. You can see in a couple of pictures where my gas tank cover (NOT tank armor, just a cover meant to keep junk off of my fuel lines) attempted to crawl through the trap door. Driver's wheelhouse has migrated as has the passenger side (though not to quite the same extent). The shocks also apparently tried to vacate the premises as that area is pretty twisted up. One piece floor appears nearly undamaged.









By the way - in the last picture you can see the ground. Gas tank got ripped up out of its mount.

Tomorrow she gets Chas's official opinion so I will update the thread with the game plan whenever we actually have one.
 

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Glad to see it all coming together so to speak, will look forward to when the work starts and any plans on any thing different this time round? we all hope it will be a speedy and quality rebuild to get you to enjoy Calamity once again.
The plan is to build her "the same except better", whatever that means. There will be no fancy valances or anything this time around, she'll be back to pretty much where she was before. Of course, no build is complete without at least 3 changes of plans, so I will keep everyone updated!
 

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Nice post. I hope the restoration goes quickly! Look forward to seeing more post. Enjoy your summer and hopefully they will get lots done before you get back!
 

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Excited to see your progress and sorry for you loss. I had a similar thing happen to a car one time and after it was fixed it happened again. I feel your pain.
 

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Kelly, Good Luck to you and to Calamity Jane.
 

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Nice to see she'll see the road again!
 

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I'm definitely subscribing to this thread, wouldn't miss the rebuild.
 

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By the way - in the last picture you can see the ground. Gas tank got ripped up out of its mount.
I guess the safety nuts who say Mustangs will burst into a ball of flame when the bumper gets tapped were wrong, again.
 

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Just saw Chas' ad this morning on c'list looking for a doner car. Here's to hoping he finds a good one!
 

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Nice to see the work has begun, once it's on the frame rack most of those wrinkles will disappear pretty quickly. Hopefully you won't be out of the driver's seat too long.
 

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Best of luck. Saw this on a thread the other day and was aghast. I have always seen you as a very enthusiastic mustanger. I am sure you will be back in the saddle very soon.

Personally I would go for another shell and sell the current one as a roof donor or use it in that way yourself. I would think the shell will be weakened by having been crunched and straightened. I've got a sneaking suspicion that with the broken back (split trans tunnel) that shell is gone

Peter
 
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