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So my car burned to the ground this weekend:

Parafly 1,135 July 2, 2007 at 04:14 AM
Yep.

I had it fixed fifteen days ago by a porsche / VW specialist in MA. We had replaced all the fuel lines, etc. I have been driving it now for about 400 miles since then. Today was the fifth day I had taken it out. I had been checking oil / fuel after every drive, things were going great. My wife and I were going to take it windsurfing today. I strapped the windsurfer onto the roof of the car and we took off.

We were 300 yards down our street and there was a "pop" in the engine and then smoke started coming out. I immediately turned off the car and my wife and I got out of it. WE walked up the road a little to look at the car and we could see dripping flames coming from under the engine. I immediately ran to my house which was again just up the road. I had no way to get in though because the keys and garage door opener were in the car.

I then ran to neighbors house too see if they were there and had my wife run to the main road and flag down a car to call 9-11. I had a fire extinguisher in my house but it was too late - the car was completely up in flames.

FIve minutes later the fire deparment shows up and hoses down the car.

The tragedy for me is that I inherited this car from my dad, who bought it new in 1973. I have memories in this car of going with my dad to the beach. Five seconds before the car caught fire, I was telling my wife how happy I was to have the windsurfer on the car and to be going to the beach with her in it and how much I loved the memories of this car.

All gone. I just feel so depressed about the whole thing. My dad just died in November and the 914 was one of the most poignent memories I have of us and him. THat care represented the kind of guy he was. When I was in that car, I was back with my dad. Now its a pile of ashes.

I can't believe this happened two weeks after having all the fuel lines and everything replaced. I just cant get over this.

To boot the windsurfer is gone as well. SO there goes that too.

I could buy another 914, sure. But it won't be the same. It won't be THAT car.

At least I had four nice rides in the car that I thoroughly enjoyed. I don't know what the flock I'm gonna do now.

At least I didn't put the $8k for a paint job into it that.

Here's some pics to get an idea of the damage:
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weenie roast?
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Back from the Abyss
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sorry man.... what a shame that car had to go
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Man, that sucks--I am so sorry to hear about it. hug
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Oh my goodness!! Glad you are okay.
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Are there any parts of the car that are salvageable? Something that you could save out of it at all?
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Why is that one firefighter laughing while looking at your poor ol car?
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Quote from KimbersTimber View Post :
Are there any parts of the car that are salvageable? Something that you could save out of it at all?
I really don't think so. Literally the entire thing is competely demolished.

So friggen depressing.
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Quote from Parafly9 View Post :
I really don't think so. Literally the entire thing is competely demolished.

So friggen depressing.
That uhm... thing the tire goes on... the metal thingie... That could be turned into some sort of weird potter.
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Oh man!!! Frown That blows!
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hug :nohomo:
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Quote from Parafly9 View Post :
My wife and I were going to take it windsurfing today.
Even if it hadn't caught on fire, you wouldn't have had a vehicle anyway - that car certainly wouldn't have floated!

Seriously though, that sucks. Sorry to hear.
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Boy... not that it's going to help with the remorse of losing such a great memory of your father... but I hope you have some choice words for the guys that just replaced your fuel lines.
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wow that sucks. Glad you got off safely
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Quote from emelvee View Post :
Even if it hadn't caught on fire, you wouldn't have had a vehicle anyway - that car certainly wouldn't have floated!

Seriously though, that sucks. Sorry to hear.
oh whoops

no we had a windsurfer (also from my dad) that pretty m uch just vaporized in the blaze.

Wish I had pics of the blaze but my camera was in the vehicle and part of the carnage.

Literally flames were 40+ feet high.
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