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Stupid Dumb Accident or Poor Design?

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Has anybody managed to damage their Bullitt (or other late model Mustang) simply by brushing by it just a little too closely? My teenager was walking thru the garage and past the Bullitt when one of the loops on his painter pants caught the edge of the quarter panel just in front of the driver's side rear wheel. In a matter of seconds, he ripped the plastic (rubber?) piece away from the body with the loop of his pants leg. I've had problems with both of the side scoops warping loose, but nothing like this! One side of me says it's all my kids fault, but in all honesty, I'd like to think the thing is screwed together a bit more solidly than this. What do you think my Ford dealer's body shop will tell me?
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I feel your pain!! With any luck, you'll be able to reattach it so it's just like it was. Since misery loves company, I'll share a recent mishap of my own.

This was just my own stupid fault, though. I deserve to be punished by the Bullitt gods on multiple counts:

Count 1:
Through gambling more than I should have regarding weather conditions, I wound up driving my Bullitt home from work on wet, mildly salted roads last week. I have a "winter beater", I had just been charmed by the recent sunny, dry weather.

Count 2:

Being too lazy, and/or not wanting to freezy my widdle fingers, and/or not making the necessary time in my schedule to do it myself, but wanting the salt off, I took it to an... (dare I say it) automatic car wash. (Soft cloth, reputable location, but still.)

Count 3:

I did not even think to unscrew the antenna, nor did I ponder how my small antenna mounted american flag might affect the relationship between the spinning cloth strips washing the sides of the car and said antenna.

As a result, I watched in complete horror as, near the end of the wash, the flag became entwined in the spinner, pulling my antenna over at a VERY unnatural angle.

I was expecting it to snap off, but finally the flag untangled itself and it all bounced back. Still, it required 45 seconds of careful, creative bending to properly reorient it, and the interface of the antenna base and my fender now has a small dimple/depression surrounding it. It's not noticeable if you don't know it is there, but it sticks out like a sore thumb to me.


Dark Highland Green #1934

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<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: DHG-1934 on 2002-02-15 08:12 ]</font>
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