The Z-28 Accident:
If you're anything like me, these pics make you wanna cry. On January 5th of 1999, I had some bad luck driving one winter night. A bad slip on some black ice, turned my beautiful '84 Z-28 into what most people consider a junk yard special. Since I only had liability coverage on the car, my family and I decided it best to tow it home and decide how to address it later. So with that, a tow truck came by and took my once proud Z to rest in the driveway, where my father and I tarped it off to protect from the snow fall, and then I was left with some decisions to make. I'll admit, things didn't look good. I had people that said junk it, I had others that said fix it. I voted for fix (and as we know, since this Web site is here, it was success in repairs).
In about one month's time, my father and I (more my
father then anyone) repaired the mechanics of the car (new rear axle, rear breaks and a
new rim). It was a great success to have the car back on all fours and drivin'
again (even if it had plastic for a rear hatch). For various reasons, it was many
months later until the car was taken to a body shop to make it beautiful again.
Those details (and many others) can be found on the TimeLine page.
As a matter of fact, the pics above were actually taken the day before my father and I
took the car to the body shop! At that point I had stripped off the ground effects
to inspect the rest of the body for rust (and maybe work I can do myself, since earlier I
didn't have any body shops lined up).
It took roughly six months from the night of my accident until it was lookin' sharp again. I got it back on June 29th, 1999. The pics below were actually taken a few days after I got the car back from the body shop (first Saturday I had it back). Since I got such a good price on having the work done and a paint job, that didn't include cleaning of the interior. I spent a good part of the Saturday afternoon vacuuming, scrubbing, washing, etc of the interior. But it was worth it!