I dropped the jeep off at the allignment shop earlier today. After I pick it up tomorrow I'll be mounting the 33s I used to run on my TJ, which will stay until I add a real lift (I dont like the BB) and buy some 35s. That isn't gonna happen until I get around to selling my TJ though. I should also be getting my MetalCloak parts back from powdercoating within the next week (its taking so long because of the holiday).
So I was working on the jeep earlier and went to start it and I didn't know it was I gear. When I let off the clutch (i was outside the jeep) it shot off in reverse, the door knocked me down, and the jeep proceeded to crawl over my leg, smash through the garage door behind it, and cruise down the road until it smacked into a building. Now I'm sitting in the emergency room. Happy day.
Haven't updated since the accident. Started on the body work yesterday. Should have it finished and painted AGAIN in the next couple of days.
Also picked up my metalcloak parts from the powedercoating place a couple days ago. They look really good. I wish they had been done a week sooner though. That corner armor could have prevented the damage to my Jeep. Oh well.
I'll post pics of the damage and everything else later tonight when I get a little bit more time.
Time for a more in depth explanation of what happened. That morning I picked it up from the allignment shop, and the first thing I did was mount my 33" Mud Dawg tires that I used to run on my Sahara (great tires btw). I did a few other things, but the main thing I was working on was the lights. I was planning on driving it home at the end of the day, so I wanted to mount the tailight and wire up the turn signals. First thing I did was mount the tail lights. Then, while I wired up the front turn signals, my dad made sure the tail lights were working correctly. Without telling me, he stuck it in reverse to check the back up lights. We finished everything up around 5:00. The battery died because we had left it sitting with the lights on for so long, so I stuck the battery charger on the Jeep and went to fire it up. When I had parked it there I had left in in neutral, as I always do with a straight drive. Assuming it was still in neutral, I stuck one foot in the Jeep, pressed the clutch, and fired it up. Then, I just dumped the clutch. Any other time the Jeep would have just stalled and died, but not this time. It shot off in reverse. The door hit me and knocked me down, and then I watched as the front tire ran over my right leg. Then, the Jeep smashed through the garage door behind it. Scary thing was, Ryan, my dad's employee, was standing right outside the door sanding a fender. The open door came about an inch from his face when it smahed thorugh the door. If it had run over him it could have killed him. By this time my dad was running full speed towards the jeep, but then he pulled a hamstring and collapsed. The jeep reached the road right outside of the shop and somehow turned and headed straight down the street towards the highway. Luckily, it ran up a slight slope where a telephone pole was located and turned down in front of the shop. It actually came so close to the pole that it hit the door, broke the strap, slammed the door flush with the hood, and broke the window reulator off, peg and everything. So by this time my dad was chasing after it again, and he got to it and shut it off about a second before it slammed into the building... My dad didn't even realize I had been hurt until I limped up to him with my jeans shredded in half. So my dad called my mom to have her carry me to the hospital (and scared her to death in the process), while he stayed at the shop and plugged up the giant hole in the shop that had just been caused by my jeep. After several hours at the hospital, all I found out is that I was perfectly fine. Yay. Happy New Years Eve for me. Not a very good way to end 2010.
Here is what it looked like with my old tires and rims (I refer to them as old because it is what I used to run on my TJ. They are actually nicer than what I run now).
Here is where it was parked about half an hour before it happened.
Here is the damaged. It caved in both quarter panels when it hit the builing, and the garage door damaged the hard top. Suprisingly the tailgate was untouched, I quess the guards on the taillights took the brunt of the force.
Here is some of the progress with fixing it. Got both panels pulled out flat and some bondo on it. Actually a bit farther than that but this is the most recent pic I have.
Here is all of my MetalCloak peices powdercoated (the corner armor and rock sliders are to the far right just outside of the pic). I had them done in a smoothe gloss black so they will clean easier.
I also had my bumpers powdercoated at the same time. The LJ had these bumpers on them when we bought it. The rear bumper is a Tuff Designs tire carrier. The powdercoat on was chipping and rusting pretty bad, prompting me to powdercoat it. I'll most likely replace it later, but it will be good enough for now.
This is the front bumper that was on it. Its a FourReal Steel front stinger bumper. It wasn't powdercoated, just painted, and had multiple scratches, so I had it powdercoated too. I really want the new or-fab stubby stinger, but just like the tire carrier it is good enough for now. That money can be better spent elsewhere.
I had it mounted on my TJ for a while and liked it okay. I think it will look better with a winch mounted. This is also one of the few pics I have of the TJ with the ion alloy rims mounted.
Wow what a great thread and story.
I also rebuilt an Unlimited last year, but I never had a garage door jump out behind me like yours did.
I'm glad you and the Jeep were ok.
I did unhook the drive shaft while not thinking the driveway was on a bit of a slope. I never got out from under a vehicle faster in my life, but I was able to stop it before it hit anything.
Good looking Jeep.
A rebuilt '05 Unlimited w/ 6 spd, 4.0, 3" BDS springs, front locker, warn front bumper, PS corners, rock sliders and the list goes on and on.
Former Jeeps: 79 CJ7, 81 CJ7 Renegade, 85 CJ7 and a 95 YJ.
Project car: Big Block 4spd 69 mach 1 (it's back on the rotisserie for the final time).
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