February 4, 2008 at 10:23 pm #57122
I had a bad feeling. For those that don’t know, I am waiting for my Tiger to be delivered via enclosed carrier from NH to my home in KS.
Just got a call from the shipper. I had a smile on my face anticipating an imminent delivery….not.
The driver was loading a car in behind mine on the truck which had no brakes. Long story short the car hit mine. The Tiger now has two broken tail lights, bent bumper, body damage to both rear fenders and trunk. Around $3K + parts in damage. Shipping company is paying for all repairs (no kidding they are) and they will take place in Wichita, KS. I just talked to the body shop owner and feel good about the work he will do. I am being told the car will be fixed in two weeks. Car has NO history of body damage in 42 years…until now.
What a kick in the nuts!
Needless to say, I will not be paying for the shipping.
February 5, 2008 at 12:32 am #61964alpine-64Member
Sorry to hear the news, and it was such a good looking car. just be patient.. make sure they dont rush the repairs and hopefully all will be well.
February 5, 2008 at 12:48 am #61965
Not as bad as I was picturing but still makes me sick to my stomach.
February 5, 2008 at 2:31 am #61966Jeff NicholsParticipant
Hurry! Ebay # 280196664275 for two sets of Lucas NOS rear lens! Only 19 hours and $79.
February 5, 2008 at 8:44 am #61967gtsmrtMember
As you said it’s a bit more than a kick in the teeth. Sorry to hear (and see) the bad news. Just look forward to when you can drive your beautiful Tiger.
February 5, 2008 at 3:04 pm #61972mikephillipsMember
Those are the outside screw lenses currently on the car, which were used towards the end of production are are hard to get. Only the inside screws lenses are reproduced and they’re good, except probably won’t have the Lucas numbers on them. So to summarize, earlier inside screw lenses are available as repros and used/NOS, outside screw are not reproduced and much harder to fine as used/NOS.
February 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm #61974quote mikephillips:
Thanks for the heads-up. I did not see that detail.
February 5, 2008 at 5:04 pm #61976Owain LloydMember
i had the outside screw lens but when i brought the car into the UK i had to fit orange covers. they are easily converted to outside screw type by drilling the holes through and then counter sinking the outside to accommodate the screw head (with a larger drill bit).
February 6, 2008 at 3:54 pm #61980mikephillipsMember
Yep you can do that and as long as having wrong part numbers on them doesn’t bother you will work fine. If absolute originality is a concern just be aware they’re dofferent pieces.
February 6, 2008 at 4:09 pm #619810neoffiveMember
Ouch! Hey Duke! Spank that Guy, hard! The car is/was/will be a wonderful example of preserved automotive mongrel. The better ones I’ve inspected usually stay on a trailer. When you get the little kitten back, remember, there are supposed to be two smokin’ black lines, flashing lights & sirens behind you. randy
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February 9, 2008 at 2:20 pm #61986
The car that ran into the Tiger was a 1970 AMC Javelin.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………….the humanity!! I knew that one of those ultimately hideous beasts would someday have an influence on my life.
I feel so dirty.
February 9, 2008 at 3:46 pm #61987anonymousMember
Well, at least it wasn’t one of those silly little rice burners.
You did manage to keep it somewhat period, even if it was one of the least favorite of the era.
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