I’ve decided. I’m going to try and get the Queen ready for Radwood, and that means getting the roof holes welded shut, replacing the mismatched fender and header panel, and having the whole car repainted/refreshed.
Decided to stay inside all day Sunday, so I didn’t get a picture of the Queen then. Now that I’ve gotten the last bits of work done, she’s on newer rims.
Daylight photos of the finished job will be forthcoming tomorrow. Damage Report is below.
Tomorrow morning is the day I load up the car with everything I’ve got — new fog lamps, new headlight and corner marker housings, some pop tarts, a toolbox, and other stuff. I’m going to drive sixty miles to a friend’s where the donor Crown Vic is, and we’re going to start getting the Queen’s body panels replaced.…
Reassembled the bumper frame, replaced the left front headlight housing, and installed new bulbs, Silvana’s brightest lights for night driving. The crash had broken the low-beam filaments. The boys at Chevrolet of Everett will have the car until Thursday or Friday, so I’m not rushing them.
Right is before. Left is after. Units are in millimeters.
There’s a minor complication, though. The front crossbar of the frame has signs of prior damage where the bumper assembly mounts to it, likely from when it did a pit maneuver on some poor sap.
When I got her, her engine had already been replaced by the previous owner. Then her ECM acted up. Grabbed that off the donor car the engine came from. Then her rear axle exploded. I replaced it. Today, it has only about 5,000 miles on it. Then along comes dip-ass in an SUV with a trailer that’s wide. Crunch goes the…
Going to bed early tonight to kind of decompress. Going back to work tomorrow night. Here’s a picture of the destroyed tie rod on my car as it sits in the repair shop’s lot. Can you spot any other signs of potential damage or wear and tear that I have surely noticed, as well?
Left tie rod exploded in an accident when I got blindsided by the wheel fender of a trailer. Front right corner of the trailer railed the Queen’s front left wheel, snapping the tie rod, followed by the wheel fender ploughing into the front left corner.
Update: screw it, went on US 2 anyway. Wasn't as bad as I expected, likely due to it being on a higher elevation than the road I usually take.
So I went up to Skykomish and picked a forest road at random. The one I chose ended up being more suitable for jeeps. Proper, offroad vehicles. The Queen still managed, though, until I hit a very large washout that was deep enough to make me think that my car wouldn’t clear it. You can see the route I took here.
Just had Killer Queen’s tires replaced with brand new Blizzaks thanks to the discount this month. Also had the tie rods swapped out as part of my phased plan to replace the car’s entire suspension.
They’ve been pretty excellent to Killer Queen, and were the ones who did the rear axle assembly swap. Right now, they’re changing the tie rods and swapping the tires for Blizzaks. Going to mount one of the old tires on an extra rim I brought as a spare for the winter.
The Queen developed a short as I mentioned in my last post. I took apart the door panel to try and trace it, but I had no luck on that front. The problem area is definitely around the pass-through area, but it’s too cramped and with no way to quick-release the wiring harness to do a proper diagnosis, it’s something I…
I’m gonna bullet point this shit, and then throw articles at you.
Tried Google, CVN. Couldn’t find information on body panel and header frame mounting. I need to acquire this information so I can plan to get the body of my car realigned.
Left front sticks out more by about an inch. Right front looks fine. Bent frame? Bent control arms? What do you guys think?
Artsy fartsy picture of my car. The wildfire smoke is really bad.