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wrapped my GTX around a tree.

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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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