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turbospoolin23 Offline
Senior Member
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I took the bird for a drive today, first time out of the garage this year. The roads were dry and the snow had been melted for a couple weeks. When I was out and about it started snowing so I tried to baby it home and was rear ended by another driver.

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87 TC 5 spd... 17X9 Cobra R's, .60/.63 SVO T3 Turbo, Large NPR, Manual Boost Controller, AEM Wideband, BPV, K&N Cone, Walbro 255, Kirban AFPR, 3G Alternator Conversion, Short Throw Shifter, Stinger 3" Exhaust, Magnaflow Catalytic Converter & Muffler.
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vinnietbird Offline
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#2
Holy Crap !!! Insurance IS going to fix that.........right?
1988 Thunderbird. No details will be given or spoken of.
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Jeff K Offline
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#3
^^^^ +1

OF course, the other guys insurance company will initially say TOTALED. Dont take that crap from them. Show them ads from Ebay, Autotrader, etc showing what these cars are worth, show them proof of all the $$ you have in it, and make them fix it.

Back in 2010, my showroom condition 86 Tbird 5.0 got hit in the front when I was stopped at a stop light. 100% the other idiots fault. $5K worth of damage. I bitched enough that the guys insurance company agreed to fix it, especially when I told them that a day after it was hit, both me and my daughter, who was with me, were having back pain.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
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Pete D Offline
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#4
Sorry to see that. Like others have said, hang in there for getting the insurance co. to fix it. It isn't that bad from the looks of it. And yes, a little back pain can go a long way.
Pete Dunham


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turbospoolin23 Offline
Senior Member
#5
Guys, I hope it can be fixed but I think the damage is worse then it looks in the pictures. The driver and passenger side doors open and close fine without any binding and the door gaps look good, the trunk lid opens and closes too. The diver side rear quarter panel (opposite side of pic) is rippled and the hood and front fender are out of alignment.
87 TC 5 spd... 17X9 Cobra R's, .60/.63 SVO T3 Turbo, Large NPR, Manual Boost Controller, AEM Wideband, BPV, K&N Cone, Walbro 255, Kirban AFPR, 3G Alternator Conversion, Short Throw Shifter, Stinger 3" Exhaust, Magnaflow Catalytic Converter & Muffler.
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Nsw Offline
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#6
in August I was rear ended and I thought my car would be a write off also. My bumper struts were seized so the car's uni body buckled above the rear wheel, based on your pics it looks like I had quite a bit more damage than you.

There was around 3-4k worth of damage estimated. I brought in every receipt i had for the car plus many top end listings of TC's for sale across north america. The adjuster I worked with was a car guy too and was extremely helpful ICBC offered me 3800 for the car which was way more than I figured and they said if I can find a body shop to do it for 3800 minus the scrap fee they will fix it. long story short it got fixed and looks pretty good.


I poured on a sob story also(it helps) something like,I spent ten years finding a black tc with the two tone leather, have always paid my insurance premiums and drive responsibly. What do I get in return.... a car thats "not worth" fixing and a very sore back. Now I have to find a new car, a doctor and possibly a lawyer for my back pain, ect.

best of luck with the insurance, remeber if you got rear ended your the victim.


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1988 5speed black every option. 3inch single turbo to tail(stinger), manual boost control. k&n cone walbro fuel pump

1986 xr4ti project car..... way to many mods to list.
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Nsw Offline
Senior Member
#7
also my car was not in great condition, it had no rust and the interior was in good shape, but with 265xxx km's it was far from a show car.
1988 5speed black every option. 3inch single turbo to tail(stinger), manual boost control. k&n cone walbro fuel pump

1986 xr4ti project car..... way to many mods to list.
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Not B Anymore Offline
Administrator
#8
Man this is a sad thing to see. Sucks even more that it was on the first trip out. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!
Brian Leavitt
'86 TC 5-Speed -- MS2x w/COP | 83 lb. injectors | T3/T4 50 Trim Stage 3 .63AR | Full 3" Exhaust - No Cat | Motorsport FMIC | Ranger Roller | Ported E6 | Walbro 255HP | Kirban | 20psi | 120-amp 3G | 8.8" 3.55 rear | '03 Cobra Wheels
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jmthunderbirdturbo Offline
Posting Freak
#9
i think ill go against the grain here, i actually wouldn't go for fixing it. id go for replacement value totaled, with a buyback for scrap. then find a lower mile TC, and transfer your engine/suspension goodies and interior if need be. nothing sucks more than a fixed uni-body. it will always creak, it will never align right, the trunk will ALWAYS be hard to close, and will never seal out water again. the tail lights wont ever fit right, even the rear suspension may be difficult to remove/work on. i dealt with these issues and more with a 'fixed' 87 TC, and the issues constantly got worse, until i finally saw 5 years of work go away on a flat bed truck.

you can do what you please, but i'd use the above listed methods to get more money, and then i'd use that money to get a non-wrecked example.

-J0N
APRIL 2018 - LOOKING FOR A NEW CAR. PM me if you have an 87-88 roller or cheap TF for sale.
1988 TC 5MT-Blue/Blue check-off car. resto-project.
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turbospoolin23 Offline
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#10
Thanks for your input guys. It drove home straight and braking was fine, etc, but I wasn't going very fast either, only about 50 kph tops. These cars are extremely rare in my area, you just don't see them around anymore, and that makes it very hard to even find one for sale. The ones I've seen are rusted out very bad and that's expensive or impossible to fix, or the few decent ones I've seen are way overpriced. I'll try to keep positive and hopefully the damage isn't as bad as I think. I might also know someone who owns a body shop which might help but I just need to talk to a friend first.

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87 TC 5 spd... 17X9 Cobra R's, .60/.63 SVO T3 Turbo, Large NPR, Manual Boost Controller, AEM Wideband, BPV, K&N Cone, Walbro 255, Kirban AFPR, 3G Alternator Conversion, Short Throw Shifter, Stinger 3" Exhaust, Magnaflow Catalytic Converter & Muffler.
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