Just a quick update! Bodhi is back and all fixed up. I thought I posted an update a few days ago, when I picked a shop, but I must have lost it in the mayhem at work, heh. I took it to a local shop that does both collision and restoration. He was able to straighten the doors instead of replacing them, and they look pretty darn good. He also fixed the rust on the rear door and repainted the whole side, put on the used trim I have him (and cleaned up the pieces I didn't have replacements for) and put in a used window regulator I gave him (Mine had not worked for years, seemed like a good chance to replace it). It mostly looks terrific and cost me less than the insurance check. There are a couple minor imperfections in the paint I've noticed, but I think that's a detailing matter. Basically I'm pleased to have come out of all this with a car that looks nicer than it has in a long time and without losing any money (not that the money matters that much, but I won't have a job after mid-June, so it's a help). It's good to have my old friend back during a not-very-easy time for me.
As always I appreciate all the support here, and I'm looking forward to showing off Bodhi at Chad's GTG in the fall.
Pics are limited, as my camera kicked the bucket, but here' s a couple "before" shots, and a cellphone "after" shot:
Also, here's the bent steering arm. I couldn't tell by looking at it, but it was enough to throw the alignment way off
1987 300D, artic white/palomino--294,000 miles, "Bodhi," my faithful friend
1978 240D 4-speed, Euro Delivery, light ivory/bamboo--366,500 miles, "Chase," my next best thing
1975 240D, maple--169k miles, in a 20-year (?) coma, "Stubby," my lost cause
2005 Jeep Liberty CRD Limited, light khaki/slate--68,000 miles, "Bronson," my bailout
1995 S320, black/parchment--20,000 miles (Dad's car)