It’s Alive!

A tow truck brought my baby home today, and it started, no problem. Aside from some serious toe-out, it’s totally drivable. So, I’m going to keep her and fix her up. It will be a great learning experience, since I’ve never done body work.

And now, pics:

Bumper Damage
Bumper Damage

The highway has a long series of cables instead of rails or barricades, which was great. The cable absorbed a lot of the impact, but on the other hand, it also slingshot the truck back over 2 lanes of traffic. The driver-side front tire hit first, then I think we spun around counterclockwise and caught the passenger-side of the bumper on the cable. It did not want to let go.

Bumper Damage
Bumper Damage
Side Damage
Side Damage

The whole side is crushed, and the door window is completely shattered. Surprisingly, the extended cab window only suffered a few scratches.

More Side Damage
Side Damage
Tailgate Damage
Tailgate Damage

I have no idea how the gate got scratched so high up. The guard cable is only about 3 feet high.

Tailgate Damage
Tailgate Damage

From the side you can really see how badly the tailgate was damaged.

Rolled my Toyota Pickup

Driving carefully on the highway in a winter storm last night, a huge gust of wind sent my truck sliding. I hit the center guard rail made of cable which acted like a giant rubber band shot my truck back across the highway. Then as I hit the shoulder going sideways, the truck rolled.

My 3 passengers and I got away with only a few scrapes and are lucky to be alive. Thank goodness I had roll bars.

Now it seems my dream is dead. I fell in love with this model of truck when I was a teenager, but couldn’t afford one until now. And now she’s gone. Seems pointless to rebuild it.