For those of you not in the know, I smashed my Saab 9-3 Viggen around 4 months ago, whilst participating in a driver training event at a track here in Hobart.
It’s been sitting at my mechanic’s workshop ever since, but I finally bought the Viggen home a few days ago. So here’s where we’re at.
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This is the Viggen’s new home in the garage at my place. It’s a tight fit, but it’ll be safe here, which is more than what I can say about where it’s been for the last four months. It was out of view, but publicly accessible – yikes!
As you can see, below, the front bumper was ripped off and in a pretty violent fashion, actually. The right-front wheel took the initial impact as the car hit the embankment. Both front and rear wheels on the driver’s side ate a fair bit of dirt, which flattened the front wheel instantly and caused a slow leak in the rear.
I’ve still got the mesh grille in the front bumper, but the foglamps are wrecked.
The back is where the fun starts, though. This is where the real impact was made.
As you can see, the rear bumper will need to be replaced as well, and yes, the rear wheel’s not supposed to be sitting like that….
Here’s a photo look directly down on top of the wheel arch. That wheel’s supposed to be 1) invisible from this angle, and 2) pointing straight ahead. The next shot should give you a better idea as to the bend in the axle.
This photo’s taken at ground level from the rear. The rear axle is fine on the other side of the car, but on this RH side it’s quite bent, resulting in this weird angle. A replacement axle shouldn’t be too difficult to find, but I’ll need a few other bits as well, including wheel bearings for both the front and rear.
The photo below is of the LHS rear wheel. What you’re looking for here is the contour in the wheel arch panel. There’s not supposed to be that much contour there. That’s your indicator that the car’s going to have to go in for some physiotherapy.
Below is the same wheel arch but photographed from the rear. If you look down you can see the gap between the side skirt and the rest of the car. Again, this shows you the twist that’s taken place.
It can all be fixed, no problems. It’s just going to take some time.
And finally, a shot of the wheel that’s off the car. These were painted earlier this year and were quite pristine before the accident.
They’ll most likely be replaced with some 17-inch Hirsch six spokes, which are much stronger.
So there you have it. A sad state of affairs, but one that’s of my own doing.
Hopefully the ongoing battle with the insurers will work out OK. Time will tell.