Ha, I bet that made you sit up straight. No need to worry though, unless you were reading the UPOC thread last October, you wouldn't even be aware this happened. I felt like making a thread about it since I'm bored, and also to introduce my new car. The accident happened on Saturday, October 18th. I had wanted to go on a little drive up the canyon and take some pictures since it was a nice day...
First, I'll say this was completely my own fault. I decided to pass a slower moving van going up a long, straight hill where passing was allowed, but I simply got going way too fast and didn't see a sign that showed a sharp curve was coming up. In addition, the curve was right at the peak of the hill:
I could feel the car float as the ground suddenly dropped away, and I simply couldn't stop fast enough. Thankfully no other cars were coming around the bend, or else things would have been MUCH worse.
I hit the barriers and pushed them at least 2 feet. The front bumper tore off when I backed the car up away from the barrier. Luckily I hit the joint and not the flat face of one barrier, which I think saved me and my car from more damage.
Still, it pushed the front passenger corner a good 4-6 inches in. Where there was about 3-4 inches between the radiator and the turbo, there became none. The passenger side cross member was shoved upwards and bent the power-steering pulley, jamming it completely. That's what initially caused the engine to die in the impact, though it started up again obviously.
The hood was undamaged, so this should give you an idea of how far the passenger corner was pushed in. In the end, the officer that showed up gave me a $150 ticket for 'needless collision' or something retarded like that... I couldn't really argue against that one since the skid marks showed I had obviously been going too fast. A flatbed truck showed up and took my car home for an additional $100.
I was devastated by this to say the least. It happened barely a month after getting my new turbo installed after I had waited and planned and put so much into making it just right. I seriously considered selling what I could and just giving it all up for a geo or a civic.
The day after, I started looking for another MX-6. Not a probe, not a 626, an MX-6. It had to be an MX-6. I did entertain thoughts of shoehorning my engine into an MX-3, but really I just wanted to get my engine into another car and make sure it was okay. Visually it was hard to be sure without removing the engine, but since it ran I could be fairly sure it was okay.
Unfortunately, there weren't any for sale in Utah. I looked on craigslist, Autotrader, dealer websites; I called dealers and went to car lots, looking for one good MX-6. There simply weren't any good ones in Utah. I saw ones in California, New Jersey, New York. Even our own MX6.com didn't have anyone selling one close enough to me. I did find a black GT in Las Vegas, but the seller never called me back.
Sure, it'd only been 2 days since the accident, but I was feeling like I would be totally out of luck. Who knew how long it would be until someone with a good MX-6 put it up for sale?
As I was scouring Autotrader, I saw one for sale in Phoenix, AZ. The seller wanted $3000 for it, and it was an automatic. But it only had 118,000 miles, and being in the desert it was almost guaranteed to have very little rust. The problem was getting there to check it out. When I told Ryan about it, he said it would be better to wait and see if one would pop up for sale closer.