The car has been in a few minor fenderbenders over the years. My dad told me that my grampa got rear-ended one time, with the use of the 2x4 piece of wood, my dad was able to straighten out the bumper out and you can barely tell unless you stand behind the car and stare hard along the bottom line of the bumper, it's a little off. Also, during the first year of my driving the nova, I hit a small pole at a gas station as I was pulling into the lot, it was quite the small lot, I should of gone elsewhere but figured I could make the turn. I didn't even know I hit the pole, but my friend Clint told me he thought he heard something. I got out of the car and yup, there's a pole in my front fender. The pole pushed in abit of the front fender just a few inches below the marker light, which again, my dad was able to fix. We removed the battery and gave her a light tap and the dent popped out.
My first accident happened one day in February of 96, the one and only day I took the car out of the garage in the winter, and I was rear-ended by a little honda civic. The honda was hit by a bus and flew into me. There was no damage to my car, but the front and rear of her car were smashed in nicely.
This picture is from my second accident on Oct 5/1996, I struck a drunken pedristian on October evening. Amazingly enough, the gentleman I hit didn't break a bone. They said with the amount of liquar in him, he was very limp and loose. I found out lateron, he spent 11 days in hospital, suffering from only internal injuries. The cops treated the scene as a fatality because of the condition of the gentlemen at the time. My car was impounded and had a safety inspection to make sure the car is sound. This car is in excellent mechanical (Thanks Dad!) shape. After the investigations and dealing with the insurance company. He was fined for the amount to fix my car. All I needed was a hood and front grill, which I had a hell of a time finding, but by March of 97, I got the car back and it was fixed up nicely.
It took almost 3 months just to find a hood, the body shop located one in Saskatchewan, and they had it shipped, the only problem now, was finding a grill. I spent every friday morning going around to all te local junkyards looking for parts, but Novas were hard to find anywhere. I met up with a father/son team who were stripping down an 71 nova, and asked them if they had any parts for sale. They asked me what specificly I was looking for. I replied I'm looking for a front grill for a 73/74 Nova. Amazingly enough, they had 3 spares kicking around in their garage and they sold me one.
Finally by March 97, my car was all fixed up. That friday as I went to the junkyard, there was a 73 Nova sitting right infront on the 'new' cars area in the junkyard. The grill was gone, but the hood was there, and in nice shape too!, so I grabbed it and I'm keeping it as a spare. Maybe I might put a hoodscoop on it or something, I'm not sure.
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This is a picture from Sept of 97, I was cutoff by a lady driving a truck. She made a right turn from the left lane, and well, I tried to avoid her, but I caught the corner of her truck. I didn't think the car would ever be fixed, due to the damage. This accident happened about 4 miles after I left my work where I had it up on the hoist and even painted to front rims.
Well the help of a few of the local scrap/junk yards, and with knowing some people at the neighborhood body shop, I worked out a deal with the insurance company and was able to get my baby fixed. Luckly the hood was alright, but my front grill was cracked in a few places. The body shop was able to plastic-weld the cracks, and did a very nice job. I didn't even noticed it was cracked till I had it off when I repainted the grill a few summers later.
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Glasgow Autobody did a FABULOUS JOB patching up my grill and fixing up my car.
A BIG thank you to Glasglow Autobody for their nice job fixing my car. They took the parts which I acquired from the junk yard and made it all work!!.