[DML] Re: Death of 17167
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[DML] Re: Death of 17167

Just glad to hear your alright.  I'm sure instead of scrapping the car
or parting it out there is probably someone that can get it fixed back
up in running condition.  Good Luck!!


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Joe Palatinus" <jpalatinus@...> wrote:
> As I was driving back to Charleston, SC on a clear sunny monday in May
> on I-26, a car stopped in front of me in the left lane.  I was going
> 70 and I braked forcefully, but continued straight, I was far enough
> behind the  other car that I was pretty sure I wouldn't hit him.  I
> had driven 17167 over 70,000 miles myself, in all conditions, I knew
> that car well. I had just bled the brakes the day before and had no
> problems. All of the sudden I heard a loud noise and I began to spin
> clockwise into the right lane and off into the shoulder.  The left
> side of the car hit the bushes in the shoulder first and I continued
> to spin. If the right lane wasnt clear I wouldn't be around to tell
> the story.  It was pretty scary.  Every fender received some damage,
> and the left front fender is absolutely destroyed, and the underbody
> is significantly damaged on the left side of the car. The frame was
> relatively spared however.  It appears the left rear hubcarrier broke
> during braking.  (the bottom of the shock tower scraped the asphalt in
> a few spots before I hit the grass).  It appears there was previous
> damage to the hubcarrier from a old accident.  My right rear hub
> carrier broke 3 years ago after having my rear calipers rebuilt.  The
> car spun in a similar fashion after a hard brake but at that time I
> was only traveling 30 mph, and other damage was insignificant.  I had
> the car flatbedded home and insurance has totaled it (although, no
> salvage title in TN)  and paid out (still waiting on check).  They are
> giving me about middle blue book value which is about what I think I
> could have gotten for her prior to the accident.  This car was a daily
> driver and parked outside so I didn't have an "agreed upon value
> insurance" since I had no limit on how much I could drive it and I was
> under the age of 25, I couldn't find anyone to do that.  Insurance let
> me keep the car, so I still have it, but with every body panel damaged
> significantly and the damage to the rear suspension and fiberglass
> underbody it will probably remain a parts car.  (or maybe a candidate
> to be painted?)  I uploaded pictures to the album death of 17167.  I
> haven't decided if I will get another delorean as my daily driver.  It
> was wonderful when I didn't need to drive much, but I had put over
> 10,000 miles/year on that car with it as my only mode of
> transportation for the past 7 years.  I might get something a little
> more practical now.
> Joe P.
> Still have 6808
> R.I.P. 17167

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