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Fatharris' bargain basement barge (HermanTheGerman)

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#61 OFFLINE   mrbenn

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 05:30 PM

What a horrible sight :(

Glad your wife is ok, but that's really sad to see.

#62 OFFLINE   DVee8

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 05:47 PM

Oh shit that sucks.

 

Won't make up for it but

http://www.autotrade...make=BMW&page=1


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Posted 12 December 2016 - 05:52 PM

Great Fred, wot I have missed 'til now.

Just read from the beginning and I didn't expect it to end like this! Plot twist to rival M. Night Shyamalalaramalamadingdong!

Hope you get a satisfactory outcome after all the work you've put into Herman.

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#64 OFFLINE   fatharris

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 01:41 PM

Oh shit that sucks.

Won't make up for it but
http://www.autotrade...make=BMW&page=1

I did see this one, it's a good spec and colour and reasonably priced.

Because everything got changed around, yesterday I took the SAAB instead. Went well.

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Eagle-eyed viewers will notice the cable ties holding the mirror glass in place. This had a limited success. Still, so far it's averaged 33mpg.

Meanwhile, our courtesy car arrived. Little bit tactless from the company.

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Yep, a newer version of what smashed into Herman. To top it off, MrsH can't work out how to move it forward so it had to stay on the driveway until I get home tonight.

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 01:46 PM

My guess is a shitty electronic parking brake with the release button hidden somewhere stupid.



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Posted 13 December 2016 - 01:59 PM

I asked the internets. Apparently, the door has to be shut, seatbelt on, handbrake off along with foot on the brake. What a bloody ballache. MrsH can't get in it comfortably anyway so it's staying where it is for the minute.

Luckily, a friend has volunteered to visit MrsH and move it for her so she can get her Rover on the drive. She's been to minor injuries today and been given bloody Tramadol! Poor girl.

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 02:50 PM

That's strong stuff the old tramadol. Hope she is ok.



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Posted 13 December 2016 - 07:37 PM

That Merc looks like it's had paint on the front wing, especially since it appears to be wearing nasty Khan wheels.

Please don't tell me it's factory fresh with a handful of miles on it.
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#69 OFFLINE   fatharris

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 08:58 PM

18k on the clock. I've moved it during the driveway shuffle and it's bloody horrible. Too chintzy and cramped, and for an executive car, it doesn't even have parking sensors. I'm still going to be using it as I've piled the miles on the SAAB these last two days and I'm on a mileage limited policy.

To top it off, I missed a call from the insurers today. Joy.

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 11:03 PM

A smoll update.

They're not collecting the car because by my description, it's going to be written off, so Herman remains on the driveway, with an assessor coming out on the 3rd. I had a body shop quote for repairs, and I got a quote of £3.5k, which is depressing.

Meanwhile, MrsH couldn't get on with the harsh ride and the low seats in the Merc, so we've sent it back, and spun the roulette wheel for another courtesy car.

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Sometimes it pays to gamble, it's excellent. Only negatives are the fact it takes Adblue which I didn't realise was a passenger car thing these days, and the spare wheel well houses the battery. First time I've seen that too.
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Posted 23 December 2016 - 10:11 AM

Nicely played game of Rental Roulette there.



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Posted 23 December 2016 - 11:14 AM

An assessor - expecting to write it off - coming out on the third?! If you were due them money, would they be happy with you telling them that you were on holiday for 10 days and you'd be in touch afterwards. They do anything to avoid or delay paying. To be honest, he doesn't even need to see it. One photo of the rear shows it to be a write off.

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 11:27 AM

3.5k seems expensive to get it fixed. 



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Posted 23 December 2016 - 11:28 AM

We all know it to be the case that he'll be written off, but an extra set of eyes will help assess whether or not the chassis itself is ballbagged. If that's the case then I'll have a long think about my next move.

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 12:02 PM

I hope it can live on and keep moving, even if its never back to pre accident standard again. Theyre tough old boats compared to stuff half the age.
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Posted 23 December 2016 - 09:42 PM

The assessor will just take pics, mumble about hidden damage and will fook off inside 10 mins.

You won't have an extra set of eyes.

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Posted 24 December 2016 - 09:15 AM

If it was me I'd be scouring ebay for a cheap 7 to transplant anything decent from yours into. That's not going to be cost effective to repair

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Posted 24 December 2016 - 11:45 PM

No need to scour eBay.

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 12:23 AM

I had a body shop quote for repairs, and I got a quote of £3.5k, which is depressing.


A new boot floor assembly from BMW is £1430 on it's own.

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 11:31 AM

I've only just caught up with this. Much sympathy, that's a shitty thing to happen.
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Posted 25 December 2016 - 12:02 PM

I'm so sorry for you I hope it works out OK and the insurance don't try it on as you will be hard pushed to find another low mileage example 7 series.

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 12:12 PM

It looks like straight low mileage original examples are starting to fetch good money.
https://www.ebay.co....tm/302118952469

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 06:55 PM

£3.5k sounds right, remember a body shop won't spend all day hunting down the cheapest part or phoning CoPart to enquire after a similar vehicle

Phone main dealer, add profit margin, send large number to insurer.

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 04:40 PM

Well, another small update!

I've had the assessor out, and he agreed it was very much worth top book value, plus a little bit more for the low mileage.

He reckons Cat C, £1780 value and he agrees that it should be bought back!

All of this means that I will be repairing Herman and returning him to the road at some point!

So, so chuffed with that.
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Posted 03 January 2017 - 05:04 PM

Good news, best you could hope for in the circumstances.

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 06:55 PM

Excellent news ! Are you hoping to do the repairs yourself ? If so, we expect dramatic pictures of the rear chassis legs chained to a tree, being pulled back into shape using Herman's own power  :mrgreen:



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Posted 03 January 2017 - 08:37 PM

Tree would have been a good shout if the MOT hadn't run out today! Professional* kit of good* reputation from a well-known*, established* eBay seller has been purchased. Unfortunately, this has come at an inopportune moment as I'll be balls deep in work matters for a while, but he's tucked away in a corner of the driveway ready for my next move.

I did get sad whilst Herman sat there and picked up the tools on this after two years of ignoring it:

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That's on the back burner again, but I will still chip away at it occasionally.
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Posted 30 March 2017 - 09:19 PM

An update.

I've been busy with a porta power pressing out the spare wheel well. It's by no means perfect, but i can get a spare wheel back in so it'll do for now. Two pallets worth of parts are inbound from BavarianRetro, including a replacement boot floor, which i will look into replacing when the weather improves. Plan is to replace the bumper, de-kink the exhaust and punt him through an MOT to get him moving again for now.

Some pictures of yesterday's straightening attempt - luckily the alloys didn't end up egg-shaped!

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Rope looped through the grommet holes. They did end up elongated slightly after this so I'll patch them up for now.

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Chocked and locked!

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Not by any means perfect, but liveable for now.

Big update coming soon, hopefully.
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#89 OFFLINE   mrbenn

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 09:47 PM

Glad to see some progress on Herman, looks far too good to give up on.



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Posted 30 March 2017 - 09:56 PM

Gr8 work doc. You may have saved him.




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