25 March 2013

Losses and Lessons: ’68 Camaro loses wheel, leaves F-150 tired

VEHICLE COVERED: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro

WHAT WENT WRONG: When it comes to classic car stories, this is a wheel disaster. Literally. The owner of a 1968 Camaro was cruising down the highway – fortunately at moderate speed – when his left front wheel fell off. The tire flew backwards, hitting a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck, before crossing the center line and striking another car.

DAMAGE/LOSS: The good news is no one was injured, and amazingly, the Camaro was travelling at a slow enough speed that the lost wheel didn’t cause significant damage to the unprotected brake drum, as might be expected. The other two cars didn’t fare as well, however. The F-150 suffered damage to the grille, hood, windshield, roof and interior (from the shattered glass), and the third vehicle’s windshield was broken. Cost of repairs to the F-150 came to $4,200, which Hagerty paid. The other car owner did not file a claim through Hagerty.

LESSON: Regularly check the wheels of your classic and make sure the lug nuts or knock-offs are secure. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to look at the tires for wear or cracks in the sidewalls that indicate dry rot. At the very least, make this inspection part of your annual spring tune-up routine. It only takes a moment and may save you from a costly accident.

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