Greasy wet road surface didn't help.
I'm ok and driver and 3 kids in the Toyota just shaken up - ever so relieved about that. Toyota could be a write-off though - front wing, door, suspension, bonnet, front panel.
Got the front panel off to weigh up what's needed. About the only thing that I might be stuck for is an indicator lamp - rest is tin bashing, a lick of paint and maybe bring forward fitting new headlamps and supports if the Cibie headlamp support won't straighten out and adjusters click back together.
Popped welds in the seam above the front panel lower mounting point will need re-welding but as it is it might make it a bit easier to pull the corner straight -
I might have struck lucky with an indicator lamp: one on greedbay described as offside but picture is of a nearside one; we'll see when it turns up.
Meanwhile a few problems: lower mounting holes for the front panel about 8mm out sideways and outrigger twisted, bonnet fouling wing edge and passenger door not closing properly.
Home made body puller: 6ft anchor bar bashed into the ground 4 ft deep with a straining rope to prevent the bar from moving attached to the base of a handy fence post -
Starting at the bottom, twisted outrigger section pulled straight with a bit of help with a big rubber mallet -
Red lines indicate how much twist came out; straight stick of wood and a tape measure to make sure outrigger front matches offside.
After lots more pulling using every hole available (more time figuring out where to pull and in what order than actual pulling) -
No tin bashing as such yet; wing needs to be pulled out at the top to open up the gap along the bonnet edge and it might be best to weld up the popped joins around the outrigger before going much further.
Door closes fine now though and front panel is back on temporarily to confirm bolt holes are where they should be.
Next day involved dodging showers ... but managed to do the welding around the outrigger, bash the wing into shape, skin some filler over the ripples that wouldn't flatten out without stretching the panel and throw some paint on for flatting off to disclose the imperfections -
Also dealt with the surface rust around the edge of the wheel arch and a pre-existing dent at the front lower corner of the arch.
Front panel didn't take much to straighten around the headlamp support and panel edge -
A good job that the panel doesn't show when the bumper and grille are on ... a case of as long as the headlamp sits right the rest doesn't really matter.
The bumper and brackets might take a while to sort out tidily because they took the brunt of the impact that did this to the Toyota (mashed the suspension too but it doesn't show in the photo) -
Also shoved the van sideways about 2ft.
Bumper was a pain to get tolerably straight to get the van back on the road ASAP -
How the corner sits now, a bit too far back but at least it's on -
Gaffer tape isn't doing anything useful but it'll avoid anyone whingeing about sharp edges where the corner bumper is split.
Spare grille glued up where it was broken around the nearside headlamp aperture (how it came), finisher strip below grille sort of straight and Wipac headlamp plastic bowls installed -
The Wipac bowls (with the backs cut off) are for new headlamps but they haven't arrived yet so the damaged Cibie lamp, support and adjusters got a seeing to, along with a spare (broken) indicator lamp that I'd forgotten about until it appeared when I was looking for something else -
Took a whole 5g bottle of superglue and nearly half a pot of bicarb to fettle the Cibie stuff and the indicator lamp ... but they're on, sort of, and working.
Street legal now though and a ToDo list to work through to make it tidy -
- Bumper really needs the welded brace at the end grinding off to ding out the buckle where the corner bumper fits over then a new brace welding in.
Wing still not quite right - too tight on the grille edge and too high at the bonnet line - but it only needs a pull of 5mm or so and I can live with it like that for a while.
Front panel needs a tweak too because the grille pulls in too tight at the bottom.
Finisher strip needs a dolly making to fit inside the top edge where it's rolled over 180 degree to get the ripple out under the headlamp.
Replace headlamps, hopefully before the damaged Cibie lamp falls out (the adjusters are on their last legs).
Replace indicator lamp (only 2 studs in the lamp and b-all holding them in under the superglue + bicarb).