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Author: Subject: someone just smashed into my striker :( so peed off :(
striker-4age

posted on 15/2/13 at 11:15 PM Reply With Quote
someone just smashed into my striker :( so peed off :(

friday night and i thought i would go out for a drive in the striker..........................

going round a roundabout and some idiot pulls out on me cant belive it did he stop er no !!!!!!! i now have a striker with a bent steering arm/rack bent chassis on passenger side where the idiot drove into me

so now what do i do

police turned up as i was phone to the police call centre they did ask all police cars in local area to keep an eye out for a damaged car (did not get the make or reg) and told me to report it to my local police station tomorrow

what the bleep do i do now i love my little striker

crash was in chelmsford in essex near a12 roundabout at boreham.


thanks
stirker-4age

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wilkingj

posted on 16/2/13 at 12:25 AM Reply With Quote
Either claim on insurance, and take the hit on increased next year premium / loss of NCD etc.

Or... rebuild it youself.

Depending on the age of the car and the damage, the insurance Co might write it off, and leave you with no car and a payout less than what the car meant to you (I'm not talking car cash value here)

If you do go down the insurance route, DONT agree to anything, as the car belongs to you until you accept the Ins Co offer.

Just my 2d's worth.








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rodgling

posted on 16/2/13 at 12:28 AM Reply With Quote
:-( Steering rack is not so bad, bent chassis is more serious though. Likely fixable though, just a massive pain that it has to happen as the weather starts to get nicer.

Main thing is that no one was hurt.

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JC

posted on 16/2/13 at 05:58 AM Reply With Quote
Many years ago I was sat in the passenger seat of a friends striker when he decided to park it in a ditch. The front corner of the chassis was bent quite badly, but he said that they are easy to repair - so many of them get bent racing that to cut off the damaged bits and replace them is a well trodden path!

I wish you well with what must be an awful situation.

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AndyW

posted on 16/2/13 at 09:01 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rodgling
:-( Steering rack is not so bad, bent chassis is more serious though. Likely fixable though, just a massive pain that it has to happen as the weather starts to get nicer.

Main thing is that no one was hurt.


Dont worry about the weather, wait til next week and you will be shivering in the garage and thankful your not out driving! Hope you get it fixed ok.

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striker-4age

posted on 16/2/13 at 09:48 AM Reply With Quote
would love to be out in it i use it at least once every week think there has only been about 8 weeks in the last year when i have not been out in it

spoke to steve at fury today so hopefully i can get it sorted

fingers crossed

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posted on 16/2/13 at 10:07 AM Reply With Quote
NTDWM but if you need to move it, I've used a bloke in Chelmsford with a low-loader to shift mine who was REALLY cheap!
Braintree to Brentwood - 20 !

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striker-4age

posted on 16/2/13 at 10:43 AM Reply With Quote


the damage not too bad but i love my little striker

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tomprescott

posted on 16/2/13 at 02:19 PM Reply With Quote
Seem to remember somewhere in the second edition R.Champion book that he suggested whacking a tube which was fouling the diff with a rubber mallet to get it out of the way, even had a quote something like "...if it's good enough for rolls Royce..." (could be different, I'm working from a dodgy memory here).

Hope you can get it fixed without too much trouble, and hope even more that the ar$e that hit and ran gets their just desserts!





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Peteff

posted on 16/2/13 at 05:35 PM Reply With Quote
That should push out with a piece of 3x2 and a scissor jack no bother. The track rod would hammer straight as well proper locost repair





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I went into the RSPCA office the other day. It was so small you could hardly swing a cat in there.

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johnwilders

posted on 16/2/13 at 05:59 PM Reply With Quote
jus it it wiv a big ammer an a lump o wood, be alright an the mudguard ul polish
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motorcycle_mayhem

posted on 16/2/13 at 06:07 PM Reply With Quote
Visually, that damage looks extremely light. It really does.

Last time I had an 'off' at Combe, I had to cut the rear bulkhead-chassis section off in it's entirety, welding on a new rear half......

Fix it!

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striker-4age

posted on 16/2/13 at 07:17 PM Reply With Quote
I do hope I can fix it I really love that little thing how hard is it to repair the damaged to section ?

Thanks for all your comments

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loggyboy

posted on 16/2/13 at 07:54 PM Reply With Quote
If it was me would bend the chassis rail back, borrow/hire one of these 4 TON 4000kg HYDRAULIC HEAVY DUTY POWER CAR VAN JACK BODY PORTO REPAIR KIT NEW | eBay

Then replace the track arm and maybe all the joints and the bolts just to be safe.

Id also consider making up a brace to go between the top of the chassis rails just to strengthen the bent rail.

[Edited on 16-2-13 by loggyboy]





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Strontium Dog

posted on 16/2/13 at 08:14 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by loggyboy
If it was me would bend the chassis rail back, borrow/hire one of these 4 TON 4000kg HYDRAULIC HEAVY DUTY POWER CAR VAN JACK BODY PORTO REPAIR KIT NEW | eBay

Then replace the track arm and maybe all the joints and the bolts just to be safe.

Id also consider making up a brace to go between the top of the chassis rails just to strengthen the bent rail.

[Edited on 16-2-13 by loggyboy]


What would you use to jack it out against? If you use the rail the other side you will bend that too. I would just pull that minor bend out with a ratchet strap attached to a tow hitch or post etc or give it a good hard clout with the big hammer and a length of 2"x4" wood! Pull it as close to the opposite direction to the impact possible.





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loggyboy

posted on 16/2/13 at 08:25 PM Reply With Quote
I would place large panels of wood as a spreader on the other side of the engine bay and jack off the wood.
Attaching anything to the other side and pulling will just drag the car, you would need to brace against something.





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mark chandler

posted on 16/2/13 at 09:48 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by johnwilders
jus it it wiv a big ammer an a lump o wood, be alright an the mudguard ul polish


That's what I would do as well, no need to be stressing the other side.

You just need to work out where the impact was, then hold a block of wood at this point and a decent sized sledge hammer, a couple of deft blows and it should come out.

As you have plenty of space infront of the engine a removeable cross brace would be a good idea anyway.

Regards Mark

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loggyboy

posted on 16/2/13 at 10:16 PM Reply With Quote
I wouldnt want to wack it, even with a wood protection dolly I would be affraid of deforming the rail and weakening it further. A smooth application of force would be better IMO.





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scudderfish

posted on 16/2/13 at 10:24 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by loggyboy
jack off the wood.



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striker-4age

posted on 16/2/13 at 10:34 PM Reply With Quote
That would be a nice and easy fix but the front inboard shock has twisted round as well from where the top rail has pushed it off line ? Would this still be ok If I was to brace it ?
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gavin174

posted on 16/2/13 at 11:19 PM Reply With Quote
Kev give me a call tomorrow,

I can borrow a porta power if you want to have a go at it....





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striker-4age

posted on 16/2/13 at 11:28 PM Reply With Quote
Gav u r a top man !!!!! Thanks m8
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matt_gsxr

posted on 16/2/13 at 11:55 PM Reply With Quote
One interesting thing is that my chassis is a STM Phoenix (square tube) so is a close relative to Striker, already has a top chassis rail behind the front suspension. You might consider replicating this once you have massaged your chassis straight again as it could only help to add rigidity and you do seem to have the space for it.

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GOJO

posted on 17/2/13 at 08:15 AM Reply With Quote
I would take the side panel off and attempt to jack it from the other side if it doesnt want to come back i would slit the bent chassis rail in the outer edge at the point where the bend is worst ( just the outer side of the square tube but through the radius of the top and bottom face) then jack it out and weld the slit up u could just do this bit with the engine in and use a car jack bottle or sissor jack and some heat on the rail, id then brace the chassis from the side rail to the front panel (triangulate like a mk indy r )
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striker-4age

posted on 17/2/13 at 07:52 PM Reply With Quote
Do mk2 escort racks have removable track rods ????
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