May 12, 2005

Just to keep you updated

I wanted you to know how things are going since last I posted.

The Spousal Unit has ordered the parts for the brake repairs on the old Toyota pick-up that was snugged all safe in the backyard while Automotive Armagedon was happening in the driveway. Apparently the entire assembly comes as one unit, from the pads, to the calibers, the rotors, even beyond that into something called a "Tulip Joint," which I always thought was Dutch slang for some sort of cannibis.

He has also salvaged the battery from the Tempo's carcass and transplanted it into the little truck. A quick trip to the parts store for replacement cables, starter fluid, and line/carb cleaner, and that puppy will be ready for a fresh tank of fuel and a test ingnition. I'm thinking an oil change and round of fresh filters is in order, so I'm going to start that subliminal campaign tonight.

If he will remove the back wheel tonight (subliminal, subliminal), I'm sure we could get it to the shop before my shift at work Friday and back onto the truck sometime Saturday. The tire for sure will need replaced, and I'm of the opinion that the wheel may need it too.

Now, as to a timeline on this...

The brake assemblies should be here in a few days, just a matter of shipping if I understood things correctly. The transfer of funds from Paypal into my checking account should happen overnight tonight and as soon as it does we will have the Pilgrimage to NAPA for all our Under-the-Hood needs. Well, it might not be NAPA, but that was the only one that came to mind. I expect the initial ignition to occur as early as Friday Afternoon! How's that for quick?

With the replacement of the back tire/wheel by Saturday afternoon and a trip to the BMV on Monday, it looks really good for being back on the road behind the wheel in less than a week.

You, all of you, from those who have jingled the tipjar over there under my awful picture, to those who have emailed me their good wishes and cyber hugs, to those who have tracked back to this little House of Automotive Horrors with prayer or donation requests, there is no way you will ever know how grateful I am. It just can't be expressed on a blog or in an email. In some states that level of gratitude might even be illegal, I'm not sure.

I do have a question, though... About the old cars, because we now know the make, model, color, trim and year of the car that savaged ours (Thank you, FractalJ), would it be prudent to retain the mouldering heaps or get them removed? At such time as they might at least find the car owner, whether he was the driver or not, would his insurance company need access to the cars for the claim? I certainly want to make any claim as easy as possible, trust me. I want no obsticles in any adjuster's path.

Tow'em? Leave'em? I don't know... Any ideas?

Posted by Mamamontezz at May 12, 2005 05:09 PM

Is there a problem with your PayPal link?

I just got an e-mail from PayPal saying that a payment sent to mamamontezz {ta} aol {tod} com is still unclaimed.

If the address is incorrect, please let me know - I'll get things straightened out.

Posted by: aelfheld at May 12, 2005 09:51 PM

I went ahead and cancelled the previous transaction & re-submitted it to the sbcglobal address.

Posted by: aelfheld at May 12, 2005 10:06 PM

My instinct would be to leave 'em for now--they're evidence. If they're really getting in the way of live, the investigating officer should be able to give you some advice.

Posted by: Victor at May 13, 2005 10:16 AM

Ask the guys at the Indiana department of insurance:
Indiana Department of Insurance
Consumer Services Division
311 W. Washington St. Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2787
(317) 232-2395

Posted by: Nony Mouse at May 13, 2005 02:11 PM

Hey mama,
It will depend on the home insurance you have but the EXACT (only one car though) thing happened to me 10 years ago. Homeowners completely covered it but it was USAA expensive but oohhh so sweet. That is a MUST call to make.

Be well.

Posted by: MytendersMaster at May 13, 2005 02:22 PM
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