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Unread 12-16-2005, 01:34 AM   #1
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Totaled the ZJ last night

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.

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Unread 12-16-2005, 01:51 AM   #2
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Good thing you walked away. It is still your Jeep so you can take what ever you want from it. Insurance claim won't go down by much if you remove aftermarket parts.

Best of luck finding a new ZJ
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Unread 12-16-2005, 01:54 AM   #3
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I'm really sorry for your loss. Atleast you are ok and that is all that matters in a situation like this.

Hopefully you can get yourself back in a nice ZJ, there are plenty of them out there for the taking.
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Unread 12-16-2005, 02:14 AM   #4
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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
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Unread 12-16-2005, 06:39 AM   #5
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Glad to see that your ok. Sorry to hear about your ZJ. Im sure you'll find another one.
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Unread 12-16-2005, 08:05 AM   #6
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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.
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Unread 12-16-2005, 08:33 AM   #7
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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.
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Unread 12-16-2005, 08:37 AM   #8
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Yeah, it was nasty here in Mich last night too.

I was following an Explorer that did the same thing...hit a patch of ice, slid off the road, and then flopped on its side.

Glad you're okay.
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Unread 12-16-2005, 08:48 AM   #9
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Joe,

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.
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Unread 12-16-2005, 08:50 AM   #10
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glad your ok sorry to hear about the jeep
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Unread 12-16-2005, 09:30 AM   #11
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Make sure you get checked out by the doc Joe - You never know if there are injuries lurking there.

Good luck getting the mods out of your rig, especially that hood. I agree with Matt and Mike - yours is one of the sharpest rigs around.
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Unread 12-16-2005, 09:38 AM   #12
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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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Unread 12-16-2005, 09:50 AM   #13
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Sorry Joe! Glad you're all right!
You just never know! Well, it'll work out!

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Unread 12-16-2005, 09:51 AM   #14
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Sorry to hear that !

Glad you are OK and walked away from the crash !
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Unread 12-16-2005, 10:09 AM   #15
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JOE!! I love your truck and what you have done to it. The black-out look is so sweet. No white letters on the tires go perfect with those black wheels. FFFFF dude.
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