In Reply to: Mick to make you feel better.... posted by Tom M. on February 09, 2000 at 18:00:35:
Last year my brother was selling his pristine '87 Mustang GT convertible with about 38K miles on it. He bought it from a guy who only took it out on weekends.
When my brother got it he did some of the standard mods (exhaust, Hurst, intake, roll bar and such) to the car as well as converting it to Mustang Cobra R brakes and wheels. This is a BIG job but is very desirable. He never got around to putting the emergency brake cable on the car.
So anyhow last year he decides to sell it and puts a message up on a board. A guy in South Carolina (car in RI) decides he has to have it because of the low mileage, condition and the Cobra R brakes. He asks that the emergency brake cable is installed before he picks it up. He is due to fly in on Saturday to buy the car and drive it down to SC. He figured he would take it to the local shop to get the cable put in as it would be a $50 job with a lift... this is Friday morning.
Friday afternoon he gets a call that there has been a slight accident and could you come over to the shop. Turns out the monkey that was going to pull the car into the lift decided to punch it in reverse. The car took off of course (V-8 with loads of torque) and hauled a$$ right into the lowered loading ramp of a parts truck. It destroyed the rear lighs body panel, dented the trunk and rear fender... to the tune of over 5K in damage. This was the day before the car was to be sold... I'm amazed there wasn't a homicide that day.
It would have been justifiable.
Luckily after some work the place did make good and paid my brother for the damage. After sending the guy some photos of the damage he decided he still wanted the car (minus the repair cost of course) and he flew up and bought the car, drove it down to SC and had it repaired.