Firebrid: The Prius v Powered Hybrid Convertible

Discussion in 'Prius v Technical Discussion' started by Bill the Engineer, Jul 4, 2017.

  1. Prodigyplace

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    You're an engineer.

    You can buff it out. ;)
     
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    mikefocke Prius v Three 2012, Avalon 2011

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    What about the other cars? Pictures of them? Glad to hear you are all right. Hope they and you have good insurance.
     
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    Yes, the '04 was my daily driver. Bought it new. Best car I ever owned.

    I have no idea if the other cars were insured. It happened in a really bad part of town. I do know that two of the other drivers were arrested and taken away. There were three cars wrecked, plus the instigator who the cops caught and arrested before he could get away in the 4th car.

    Chest x-ray negative for damage, just bruising from the airbag. Now down to the 2010 Prius left in the driveable fleet. It is going to be interesting until I pick up a second car. Three drivers, one car.

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    You were interested in a plugin. Time for a Prime? ;)
     
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    Assuming there are no injuries, even if they only have state mandated minimum liability you should be fully covered for this including a rental car if you can get their insurance company to accept responsibility in a timely manner. Of course that might be difficult with multiple other vehicles involved.

    I'm guessing you didn't carry collision on the car due to age but if you did, just file with you own company and let the subrogation process take its course. You can get a rental car that way if you carried that coverage.
     
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    I'm very glad you're both ok.

    I wonder if Steve Woodruff would be able to rebuild that. It looks a little more squashed than the 'before' pics of the one I bought from him for my mom, but not a whole lot.

    -Chap

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  7. Bill the Engineer

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    I did a thorough look-through of the car at the towing lot today while removing personal items. There's a big hole in the forward side of the block of the engine where everything that was mounted there got sheared off by the other car. The car is toast. The interior is well loved by raising two kids in it since it was new, and the exterior is nothing special with 141,000 miles of suburban driving. The car has not had any recent repair work. It even still had the original brake shoes on the rear since I challenge myself to brake with MG1 and MG2 as often as possible. Original traction battery in place too. I doubt there is anything Steve would want off of mine at this point.

    Working with the insurance company now. Not an adversarial relationship, since my wife has been a senior level programmer for the home office for 23 years.
     
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    It's Spring!

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    The Firebrid got quite dusty, but otherwise slumbered well over the winter. No apparent surface rust anywhere beyond what was already there. Let's see what kind of progress I can make in the next couple of weeks...

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    The new addition to our fleet, a 2014 Prius C we bought this evening. I decided we should call it Silvia, since we have always named our Prii after the first letter of their body color.

    I guess I'll need to start following the Prius C forums now too...

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    Enjoy your new baby. Time to update your profile here. ;)
     
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    I finally got out in the garage today. Sunny and warm-ish outside, but very windy. I finished fabricating the bridge plates that will go between the Firebird rocker panels and the Prius v rocker panels. That old Whitney hole punch got a real work-out. Each bridge plate is measured to fit at a specific location along each side. They need to be short segments due to the various contours that Toyota formed into the rocker panels of the Prius v. Unfortunately is was too windy to spray any cleaner or primer today.

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    I will try to maximize my time in the garage over the next couple of days. I'm starting a new job on Monday, and I don't know how that will effect my time afterward.

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    Milestone Alert!

    The Firebird body is now welded to the Prius v chassis along the side rocker panels. I have some clean-up of the welds still to do, but it is now one car instead of two halves. Interior and underbody welds will be next.

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    It was a good day!

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    The Firebrid lives! (almost...)
     
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    Very cool pictures! Love following this story. Can't wait to see the video when it finally turns on.
     
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    @Bill the Engineer Wow. That looks like a very scary crash, indeed. Glad everyone was safe and the Prius did it's job.
     
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    Slow progress today once some chores were out of the way. Removed all of the surface rust and weld splatter on last weekend's welds. Then I proceeded to empty out my last remaining can of Eastwood Rust Encapsulator on the weld areas. An order for more plus other supplies I will need was placed immediately. Tomorrow I hope to move to another area inside the car that won't require the same supplies.

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    Slow progress is still progress.

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