I'm alright. The slight pain in my left hand/forearm has worked its way up to my shoulder as the day has progressed, but it's still mild. Especially considering that I was in a car that was hit hard enough to spin around 180 degrees. I don't recall details; I assume that I had just that hand on the wheel and the other on the shifter, as I had just started out. The arm probably took a good tug from my body being thrust towards the passenger side. Either that or I bashed the door pretty hard as the car spun. Maybe both.
I went over the shop to clean out the car this morning and learned that the woman in the other vehicle had been there earlier. Drove herself. She has a bruise on her stomach and that's it. I feel like my soul has been given a reprieve.
Here's the wreckage. That piece sticking out is the bumper beam, which was completely torn off the frame rail on one side. My Subaru indy wizard/mechanic says it's likely that the passenger side frame rail contacted the front corner of the engine, stopping the camshafts on that side and basically bending everything inside into pretzel shapes. 2005, 117K miles; I'm anticipating that they'll total the car.
Damn that sucks. Glad you're ok and that you can walk away from something like that. I'd consider yourself lucky at this point. Hope the arm heals up, maybe just some muscle pulling from impact. As for the car, I'd side with you on that one being a total loss.
Best of luck going forward. Health first, car second.
Sorry to see this and glad you are OK. I will surely miss the periodic updates from one of the few remaining originals. I still have my 06. 67k miles and still doing great. My son, who used to ride in the back in booster seat, is learning to drive a manual transmission in the STI.
I did go back to stock front sway bar following some of your comments earlier in this thread. Very happy I did. However, I never was willing to give up my 1.5 degrees of camber as breaking was an issue for me.
Anyway, its nicely documented journey. Thanks for sharing it with us. Best wishes on your next chapter.
The car is now officially with its new owner. I bought it back from the insurance folks and resold it to my local Subie guru. He also bought a bunch of the parts I had at the house. What I have left to sell:
Custom in-car camera mounting bracket. Bolts in behind rear seat cushion. Brand new, never used. $20
Genuine Subaru JDM water spray pushbutton. Brand new, never used. Push on / push off, stays on unlike stock button. Used with the mega-tank intercooler water spray system that came on some Japan-only models. I never got the boost pressure switch to rig up the boost-reference system, so this never got used. $20
Genuine JDM STi V-Limited front lip. They put these on S204s and rally-prep cars. This one is used and scratched. $100
There were also a lot of bits still on the car, not all of which are necessarily salvageable. If anyone is interested contact me and I'll put you in touch with the fellow who bought the car. Why didn't I strip them off you ask? Because the insurance company increased their payout based on the presence of those parts, that's why! Should anyone else's car suffer the fate mine did I strongly recommend pushing for increased value for certain mods. STi's are not Honda Civics, and some modifications genuinely do make the car more valuable at resale time. My adjuster found 2 dealers who agreed with me on this. Anyway here's the list.
Defi boost gauge & controller
JDM STi Duracon shift knob
Mines replica rear spoiler
Samco radiator hoses
Cobb stainless steel exhaust
Two-piece front brake rotors, upgraded rear rotors
Cobb short shifter - two-way adjustable, very clever piece
So this is weird. Rich from Flat Four Specialties bought the car after the accident. It languished in his shop for a couple of years before he got around to attacking it. Once he got into it he decided it was worth saving. So he did just that! IT LIVES!
Rich graciously let me take the car for a spin. It was a real treat. The car drives perfectly, runs like a top, and put that same smile back on my face that the car always used to put there. The repair job is very, very, VERY good.
Oh and the car's for sale. Reach out to Rich if interested but I think he has a strong buyer already so don't waste time.
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