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John Turner MacCallum
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wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 11, 2011 07:48PM




i feel like such a douchebag for wrecking it before i even got a chance to rally, but whats done is done... so what do i do now? is fixing it an option?
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 11, 2011 07:54PM
Fist get in there and kick on it. Next get that panel off the ordinary 323 shell you have already located in the junk yard and chop the parts out you need.
Chop out the damaged bits and weld in the new.
Simple.

You have scouted out a spare 323 in advance, haven't you?



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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 11, 2011 08:51PM
yeah - based on the modifications I've seen done recently to some unnamed Audi's out here in the NE - that ain't no big deal.

As JVL indicated, cut it out and weld a new piece in - it won't be a small amount of work but its entirely do-able.

You can either drill out all the spot welds (the right way) or cut out just the sheet metal you want to replace. You may need to cut the B-Pillar - again, no big deal. I'm assuming your cage was not compromised.

No worries mate - everyone hits something sometime - experience is that thing you get just after you needed it smiling smiley
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 11, 2011 08:52PM
Since this is in the for sale forum, I will give you $100.
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 11, 2011 09:34PM
Just go into your local Harbor Freight with a bunch of 20% off coupons, get a slide hammer and about three gallons of Bondo!

Sorry about the hit, but it totally looks fixable, especially for a rally car!
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 11, 2011 10:11PM
Sorry man, I just had a laugh at your expense.... Did it get into the cage? Did it wrinkle the floor? Does the door still open?

I would go at it with a sledge hammer, some blocks of wood, and a port a power before I condemned it.

It looks fixable, Hell, if it drives straight, put some plastic in the window and go to Rally that bitch at Hood...
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 12, 2011 12:59AM
assuming that the suspension and cage are unharmed...

My priorities would be:
1. passenger door opening, closing, and latching reasonably.
2. passenger door being somewhat sealed.
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eleventy. Dashing good looks.

Chances are, you're not going to lose any sponsorship opportunities because of some less-than-perfect body work on your 25 year old econobox. Assuming that you can hit 1 & 2 with this approach, I'd be leaning towards the hammer/porta-power + bondo approach.
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 12, 2011 10:19AM
Sledge hammers and porta powers!!
Fuck me boys its a side panel on a fawking 323.
Get in the gawddamn car an kick on it with a tennis shoe clad foot.

I've done it several times.


And don't beat yourself up, kid.
It least you hit the side of the thing which means you were going for it---instead of the normal stuff it hard in front



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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 12, 2011 10:35AM
In the immortal words of John Lane, spoken whilst upside down on instruction 1 of stage 1, "Well that didn't take long, did it?"

Pull the dent and bondo it and spray it and rally it, man.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/12/2011 06:05PM by Jay.
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 12, 2011 12:36PM
Nice placement (really), you missed:

the door
the wheel
the cage (I hope)

You broke a bit of glass, looks like you drove it out, you could have finished the stage.

No worries, mate.

press on,



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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 12, 2011 04:43PM
Hell I have that piece o' side glass, y'all can have it free fer nuthin.
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 12, 2011 05:16PM
First of all, get some decent tires that aren't almost completely bald. No wonder you went off, no corners at all on that right rear.

And yeah, that's completely fixable but you'll be cutting out and sectioning in that quarter panel.
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 13, 2011 08:59PM
Get that fixed and get to Hood! If you can't find glass, get some polycarb and stick it in.
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 13, 2011 11:34PM
I'd say you're more of a doofbag....that damage isn't bad for most of us, that'll wax out compared to Seans tree hit..

Lexanish window will be fine, wrinkled 1/4 panel is fine, get the friggin door to open and close securely and you'll be ok for rally. Be sure and check the alignment and suspension bits, end links, ball joint and whatnot.
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 14, 2011 05:47AM
Im not sure you could have placed that better.
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 14, 2011 10:55AM
Haven't heard a peep for the kid.
Wonder if he went and hung himself or sumpin horrible?

Hey kid, don't do it!
Just kick it out!

And kid, you going down to Mt Hood?



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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 14, 2011 11:35AM
go to mt hood I'll bring that glass with me!
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 14, 2011 02:19PM
doesnt look too bad. the challenge would be in keeping the passenger door closed securely. Also thats where the rear trailing arm mounts to the chassis, that will have to be fixed/changed/welded as well.
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 14, 2011 04:42PM
actually my dad basically kicked me out of the house, i then proceeded to lose my job, and then spent all my mt hood money on clothes and a computer for school. now im about to leave to burien to go to highline community college as soon as i have a huge party for my 20th birthday, which would be on saturday. i guess ill be aiming for oregon trail?
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 14, 2011 06:38PM
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actually my dad basically kicked me out of the house, i then proceeded to lose my job, and then spent all my mt hood money on clothes and a computer for school. now im about to leave to burien to go to highline community college as soon as i have a huge party for my 20th birthday, which would be on saturday. i guess ill be aiming for oregon trail?

I asked before, where will you be in Burien?

(You don't seem to respond to questions real well do you?)



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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 15, 2011 12:19PM
its near the fred meyer, up the hill, past one of those used car lots. unfortunately my trip to burien is going to be a bit delayed. just got a DUI last night...
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 15, 2011 12:50PM
Oh for fucks sake...

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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 15, 2011 01:24PM
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its near the fred meyer, up the hill, past one of those used car lots. unfortunately my trip to burien is going to be a bit delayed. just got a DUI last night...

It doesn't seem you really want to do rally or you'd prioritize things a bit differently. You said you lost your job which means money must be tight. You know drinking costs money, and that where you are the chances of local cops getting you in traffic for anything is high.

Drinking and driving is unacceptable.

You might want to give some thoughts to quit fucking up.



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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 15, 2011 02:19PM
Do they pull your license for an underage DUI?

Sell your car to someone who will compete with it. Your rally driving days are over for at least a decade. Get a HAM radio license and volunteer for some events. The organizers will put up with your not being able to drive if you can work the radios.

Pull your head out of your ass!

Good luck!



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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 15, 2011 03:15PM
I see..a slow learner with self destructive tendencies..I'd guess you're not really someone we want to have on stage just yet anyway. Tough being 20 but if you want to see 21 you might want to (as Robert said) Get your head out of your ass!!!

Sell the car and move on for now.
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 15, 2011 04:19PM
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You might want to give some thoughts to quit fucking up.

yep.


Next thing is you will tell us your girl fucked your best friend and stole your bass boat.

Let's see if I follow this correctly: Your dad bought you this car and within the last week you wrecked it, lost your job, got kicked out of your house, got a DUI and fucked up your chances of going back to school. Did I miss anything? I think you should go down to the local armed forces recruiters and see if they will take you. You might get deferred judgement on the DUI if you can get the right lawyer to convince the judge because you are a dumbass kid, they should give probation if you sign up for 4 years for Uncle Sam.


damn......
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 15, 2011 06:37PM
Agreed. Stop driving cars before you hurt or kill someone.
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 15, 2011 08:42PM
Man. Ya'll're harsh. Or just forgot what it's like to be 20.

Get a good lawyer. Sell the GTX to pay for it if you have to. Seriously. A DUI will cost you thousands upon thousands upon thousands. Just the increased insurance premiums you'll pay will add up over time. If you can get it down to something a little less serious and felonious that'd be good, but like I said, get a good lawyer. Another good idea would be to pre-emptively start doing as much volunteer service that you can. Go volunteer at your local hospital, thrift store, hospice home, etc. Anything you can do to make yourself look like an outstanding citizen who's just young and made a poor decision in the eyes of the judge will help.
Hope you don't have any desires to go to Canada.

I almost got one at 17, but turned out my dad and the officer had worked together in the early 80s. I've always said that it is our imperfections that make us unique and our mistakes and how we learn from them that shape who we become.
Do not go running off into the armed forces. Not saying it's not something to consider but do it because you want to, not because you feel you have to.
Oh, and make amends with your family. And realize you fucked up and what you have to do to recover from that.
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Re: wrapped my GTX around a tree.
October 16, 2011 03:14AM
You cant race open class under RA, now you cant get into Canada to race up there, thats out of the question. There is really no Nasa races close to here, might as well sell the car as your not going to be able to race it, not like you will have the money to anyway.
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