Yes, I still can't believe it, but she's gone guys.
Going around a bend at night I hit a patch of ice, slid into a roadside rut, skidded sideways into a tree, flipped onto the driver's side and slid to a stop.
Amazingly, I walked away (scrambled was more like it). The medics on the seen saw the demolished rear end of the vehicle and could not believe I walked away. Part of my rear suspension flew across the road into the woods on the opposite side. I'll post a few pics if I can get any.
I have to say I'm glad I was wearing my belt, but I'm also glad I was in the ZJ. That damn thing held up really well considering what had happened. The entire front end of the truck was basically unharmed. It was too dark to assess the other damage but the firefighters said she's demolished on the back end.
So here I sit wondering what to do next, counting my blessings that I'm even able to sit here and write about it.
I had thousands in new parts on her...and I'm going to see if they'll let me remove them tomorrow. Damnit, I just had the brakes flushed too! Then, I'm hoping I can find another ZJ with the insurance money...though it just won't be the same. I'm going to miss that truck...so damn reliable overall. Well, if I can I'll part out what's sellable that I don't need like interior leather parts which should all be in excellent shape, as well as drivetrain and such. I'm keeping the custom stuff in hopes that I find another ZJ quickly. If I can't I'll have to sell that stuff too.
First I'll take a good look later today to see what can be salvaged.
If anyone here in New England has a ZJ for sale, particularly a black limited...I'm interested.
12 Wrangler Sahara JK8 conversion, <10 miles (FOR SALE, $56,700)
01 WJ Limited, 4.7, 247, black on black, 157k miles (sold)
96 XJ Classic, 4.0, 242, black on grey, 267k miles (sold)
00 XJ Sport, 4.0, 242, fern green on grey, 76k miles (sold)
90 XJ Wagoneer, 4.0, 242, burgundy on tan, unknown mileage (sold)
97 ZJ Limited, 5.2, 249, black on black, 138k miles (wrecked 12/15/05)
98 ZJ Limited, 5.2, 249, burgundy on black, 197k miles (sold)
damn joe very sorry to hear that ... it was as slippery as i've ever seen a road here in CT tonight, my friend was just in a 25 car pile-up on I-95 (she's ok, car totalled) once again very sorry joe, your zj was one of my favorites.. good luck finding another one soon, glad you are ok... JEEP ON
my buddy owns a used car lot and i ran into him the other day at the parts store and he was driving a black zj with a V8 and its for sale im sure. its not a 5.9 though. let me know if interested and i'll swing by his place. its in providence R.I.
Glad to hear you're ok. The ice from that stupid storm is all the way down here in Wash, DC also. I've heard of people doing "buybacks" from their insurance companies. If you can find out what that is, you'd be able to get the whole jeep back and sell the mods individually to get back some of those thousands that you put into her.
good luck finding a new one - i'm sure they'res plenty out there.
That's devastating...Such a nice ZJ, one of my favorite on the forums. Last night was absolutely brutal here in NE. My mom hit the brakes in my driveway about 10 feet back going 3mph and slid into my hitch arm. Don't sweat it too bad, tons and tons of people will be feeling empathetic after the conditions last night.
Joe,how devasting.So glad you are okay. What a loss such a stand out truck. I'm in northern Michigan and for once it was not bad driving last night. I would imagine you will start feeling pretty sore by mid afternoon and find out how many hit's you actually took in that crash.Take it easy.
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