Ok... So first the story:
I was stopped at a stoplight Friday, on Main St. in Springfield, Oregon, when a Nissan Sentra decided that it REALLY wanted to be wedged underneath my rear bumper. She hit me going about 45+, pushed her radiator all the way back to her windshield, and pushed me into a VW Jetta in front, which then hit a T-bird. The Nissan was trashed, the Jetta's back seats were pushed to the back of the front seats, and the T-bird took some rear bumper damage... I drove my heep home. That made me puff my chest up a bit with pride. Thankfully, noone was seriously injured, although I've got a pretty bad case of whiplash... Now, on to my poor YJ.
My insurance company is going to appraise her on Monday, and I think I'm going to have to beg and plead for them not to total it. Being old and high mileage and all. If they do total it, I fully intend to keep it anyway, but having a branded title kinda sucks. Not that I'll ever sell her. Here's the list of broken stuff, any advice on how to fix it/best solutions is appreciated:
1. Rear bumper. Need a new one. Bent my receiver all the way to the gas tank shroud, and quite possibly dented the tank. It appears that the frame is fine, and just the brackets bent/broke.
2. Driver's seat.... I slammed back into it so hard that I permanently bent it so that I have to drive "Gangsta style" and the base feels like I could just rip the seat off the floor with some good leverage.
3. Blinker paddle... (You know, the switch thingy on the steering column...) I broke it off with my knee. Already got the stub out, just read that there's a cheaper GM replacement than the OEM Jeep part? Need more details.
4. Front bumper... It's tweaked enough to pinch that little plastic plate that says "JEEP"... a good half to 3/4 inch... Again, close inspection of the frame doesn't show any warp or damage, just the front bumper/brackets again.
5. Now for the worse news of it. I had the doors off and the top off when all this happened. It seems that she went so far under the *** end of my jeep, lifting it up, that the body right at the front bottom corner of the door frames tweaked a little. More on the driver side than the passenger, but enough that my driver door is a major pain to close when I put them back on. I need a body guys advice for this, can I just prop the tub near that point and winch down on the back? It's not creased, just bubbled in/out a bit. I can deal with it if necessary, it's just that I had an almost pristine YJ before this, (No rust, no body damage other than the "redneck pinstriping" that I've installed
and a lot of freaking dirt/mud/bits of trail) and now I'm pissed.
If you guys know of any shops that you'd recommend in the Eugene/Springfield Oregon area that I can make my insurance pay for, that would be appreciated, as well as any DIY knowledge on these issues. I'm going to look at this as an excuse to dump a bunch of money into the thing heh...