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Originally posted by 72GTS351CJ 72GTS351CJ wrote:

Is this person still alive?
 
+1.  I would have lost my mind!  I am sorry for your luck Paul.  Hope you can find the parts.
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I flat out would have killed them. That sucks. I would own that business when I was thru with them.
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L-i-t-i-g-a-t-i-o-n Angry Paul~

Was it a tow company, or did the shop have their own flatbed?
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That is simply horrible!
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L-i-t-i-g-a-t-i-o-n Angry Paul~

Was it a tow company, or did the shop have their own flatbed?

It was a towing company that I had used before with good results.  The driver was however someone I had never dealt with.  He bragged about his seven years of towing experience, "love the car"...blah, blah, blah...and then he let's this happen.  Just unbelievable.  Ouch
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Originally posted by picon3 picon3 wrote:

Originally posted by Power Surge Power Surge wrote:

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L-i-t-i-g-a-t-i-o-n Angry Paul~

Was it a tow company, or did the shop have their own flatbed?

It was a towing company that I had used before with good results.  The driver was however someone I had never dealt with.  He bragged about his seven years of towing experience, "love the car"...blah, blah, blah...and then he let's this happen.  Just unbelievable.  Ouch

It's better that it was a tow company than the shop. Tow companies have ridiculously high insurance policies, so covering the damage should not be an issue. 
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I know the car will be made whole again, but this is the 4th "accident" that Old Lazarus has sustained since I started this project in 2007.  Frankly, I'm just a bit exhausted with the drama.  Paul~
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they should have powered it down with the winch!!! a lot of guys doing the job that have no business even doing it!!! bragging about his experience tells me he has none! if you're good your skills will do the talking without a word spoken! yes i was a tow truck operator for many years.. loved it! among many other careers in my life, miss it. this should have never happened Angry
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Sorry to hear that Paul. I witnessed one of the incidents in person...it was terrible. In fact, we were all sick to our stomachs when it happened.
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Stupid is as stupid does...damn that was stupid move on his part.  Hopefully, he was very sorry about that dumb mistake.  

Reminds me of a time while at the Scottsdale Pavilions car show, I witnessed a dumb chick driving a Lexus or Mercedes (can't remember) in the parking lot while texting on the phone.  She jumped a parking lot medium ripped through a bunch of bushes and ran straight into the side of a beautiful and rare 1967 GTO.  Crushed the whole side of the GTO and deployed her air bag.   She hit it hard.  She was to stupid, she didn't realize the magnitude of the mistake and acted as if it was no big deal, just get it fixed.   That owner about strangled her...with good reason.

All you can do now is pick up the pieces and move on...I'm sorry this happened to you.  I've seen your excellent work and attention to detail with your build.   Its still a beautiful Torino.  Its worth fixing it again.   I will keep on the lookout for NOS tail lights for you.     
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When I was looking at my 4 speed '72, the owner allowed me to test drive it. His driveway was very narrow with very little line of sight going down to the street. While backing it up, I was so concerned about not driving off his driveway, I failed to realize the driveway doglegged the last few feet. Sportroof inherent blind spots, tiny Ford sport mirrors and that blasted driveway and then it happened. I backed into his mailbox in the same spot yours hit. Horrified, I jumped out to survey the damage knowing that I had just bought the car, lol. No damage except to my pride.

If we can help with any other parts, let us know.
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paul, that is ridiculous...  i too have been sometimes hesitant to drive stacylynn as much now as i did before i restored her.  you fix this pretty lady.  and sue the crap out of these people.

do you have another deck lid and bumper?
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Thanks for your thoughts and offers of help.  As this has turned into a "tar baby" (befitting Lazarus' color), I now have attorneys involved, insurance company adjuster, appraiser, body shop...

The body shop is sourcing the parts for me.  I think they have the decklid, bumper (and I picked up the tail lights and assembly from Matt) so I think I'm well on the way.  

Of course the car will have to be completely repainted/striped yet again and who knows the time frame to actually get it repaired.  

At the end of the day, all I've got is time so it will take however long it takes.  I'll keep everyone updated as to progress (or lack thereof).

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Paul I have a pristine 1976 decklid.
Let me know if you can use it.
It's rust free. Came off a 67,000 mile car that had a carb fire that was stored indoors for years.
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