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Old 09-05-2002, 20:18   #1 (permalink)
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mad Bloody Volvos!!!

Thanks to a bloody Volvo with no brake lights abd wet weather, I am now up for a new radiator, new radiator support, new headlight, new indicator, new bonnet and new fan!!!!

I am thinking of putting an EB bonnet on it, I've decided to fix everything myself as the insurance excess is $800 and I can get out of it A LOT cheaper if I do it myself!

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Old 09-06-2002, 03:37   #3 (permalink)
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You shouldn't drive so close to people... especially in wet weather.

I've seen SOOO many back-enders on the road to the university where I live because everyone always wants to drive up everyone elses ass and the traffic is so dense... whenever I drive on that road I make sure that I'm way back from the person in front of me.

Driving further away from the person in front of me gives me both rear and front end protection because while everyone else is slamming their brakes like utter dickheads, I can brake early and slow down at a steady pace and the person behind me(who's usually up my ass as well) will have time to react and slow down at the same rate as me.

There isn't really much of an excuse for rear-ending people as long as you are driving a decent distance away fromt hem, even if their brake lights aren't working. Just my 2 cents worth.
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I was a safe distance away from him!! It was the fact that he had no brake lights and by the time I realised he was stopping, I had no hope of pulling up because of the wet weather. I tried to swing out onto the shoulder of the road, but the wheels had locked up and the car just kept going straight ahead. Also the fact that the Volvo was older than me and still had big thick chrome bumpers, I got the worst of it all. I know I can't put all the blame on the other driver, but the fact that he had no brake lights was a huge contibutor in the cause of the accident.
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you CAN put the blame on him; legally his car was unroadworthy.
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I had a similar situation, where a car in front of me (a Fairlane no less) had no brake lights at all, and nearly ended in tears. The thought that occured to me is how to prove the lights weren't working after you've smashed them up with your bonnet. "They were working before you hit me".

At any rate, what's happened has happened... I had a similar accident with my old Ea, ran up the back of a little Pulsar that pulled out in front of me. Are your headlight assemblies actually broken, or just the glass? I was able to simply buy new glass for the headlights from Ford quite cheaply, polish up the assembly and just re-fit them.



Do you have clear front indicators on the EA yet, and if not, do you want them? Now would be a good time to upgrade to them, if thats what you want...you can get them for 50 bucks each from Ford, ask for the GT indicators. If not, then the cheapest way is to simply go for a tour-de-wreckers with some tools and go hunting for what you want... otherwise search the usual auto places, and always check Fords prices too, sometimes they'll suprise you and be cheaper than the aftermarket gear.

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