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Cars > MonzterRacing’s Garage > Blog > Louie The Lizard is down !!! Bad storm 70 MPH winds !!!


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Louie The Lizard is down !!! Bad storm 70 MPH winds !!!

By MonzterRacing

I am a sad guy today. Mother Nature was not nice to us here in Lincoln, NE yesterday evening. A bad thunderstorm brewed up very quickly that had 70 plus MPH winds. In the scramble of getting everything in the garage as I was working on Louie at the time, we left the front clip outside thinking it would be ok there until the storm passed. Well needless to say, we were quite wrong, not expecting the 70 MPH winds. The front clip that was a removeable factory one piece unit was lifted off the ground, flipped over, and slammed back onto the ground so hard it busted the headlight bezel on the right hand side and basically broke the fenders from the nose piece. I was devistated when I seen it. The winds actually lifted the garage door up that was in front of Louie and we had to close it again and actually lock it. It looked like it was going to blow the garage door inwards. Pretty scary moment. The clouds were moving rapidly and swirling. Thank God there was actually no tornados as I was starting to think we were going to get one. There were many power outages and broken trees and limbs. About a block away a huge tree broke off a 2.5 to 3 foot thick limb and it blocked the road. Right next to it another tree was on fire as the power line hit it and ignited it. Trees were down all over town. The same for power lines. Crazy storm. It all happened within half an hour or so. Then it sort of cleared up.
Now Louie is going to have to be fixed and the worst part about it is the Alpine Green Pearl paint cannot be matched easily or at all. The headlight bucket or bezel may not be an easy find either. The fenders are fixable but creased badly in the wheel wells and the paint is scratched up from them falling on the patio and sliding to a rest from the storm. I have to find another coupe or station wagon that is a single headlight unit. My spoiler and lower valance took a bad hit too. They are broken as well. I have a friend at work that already mixed some paint and sprayed a sample piece that some of my other friends liked so Louie may be a different color next time he is seen. I have already started the stripping and sanding. Now the test will be getting the extremely rare parts for the car.
I may need some assistance in finding a front clip or pieces so if anybody knows where one may be PLEASE contact me so Louie can be fixed soon and brought back out. I can use Monza Coupe, Monza Town Coupe, Monza station wagons, Pontiac Sunbirds, possibly the Chevy Vega, the Firenza, Skyhawk, Olds Starfires, and other types of these h-body type cars. They have to be single headlight cars (2 total) instead of the dual headlight (4 total). Thanks if anybody can help me out.

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lizardbird98’s Profile Photo
May 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm
CudaChick1968’s Profile Photo
May 27, 2008 at 11:35 pm
After going through 2 tornadoes in 10 minutes during Hurricane Katrina, I know exactly how you feel right now. I'm glad to hear you're safe. Cars and parts can be replaced, but YOU can't.
Billy's 76 Astre (the Canadian Vega) and all its many many extra parts are still for sale on racingjunk.
Best of luck with a speedy recovery Louie!!!!
angel_2004’s Profile Photo
May 27, 2008 at 7:16 pm
Sorry to hear about Louie too. Hope you get it up and running soon. I am going to miss Louie but I am glad no one was hurt. Hope to see him again as good as new soon.
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May 27, 2008 at 6:17 pm
about a month ago we were hit by a bad storm also that had high winds and such. it blew a campershell we had just unloaded from the moving truck all the way across the yard, smashing into my girlfriends Geo Storm, flipping over the car and winding up entangled in the barbwire fence across the road. the place we moved from was hit by the winds also. we now ive in Tekamah, NE instead of Blair, NE. i will keep an eye open for the front end parts since farms around here have some cars sitting.
chevy66babe’s Profile Photo
May 27, 2008 at 1:57 pm
That is just sad. Midwest winds can be cruel. Tornado sirens went off here about an hour ago, but it was a warning for north of us. Two years ago, a big storm whipped thru, tree limbs smashed a friend's car windows parked in front of my house and toppled a tree onto a house down the street. We'd been up to Springfield, IL on Amtrak and train was held up for hours by damage, finally had to shuttle bus us home.
But glad no one was hurt and in your expert hands, Louie will get fixed up and ready to roll again.
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May 26, 2008 at 9:56 pm
Sorry to here about Louie. Hope you can get it back together soon. Glad to know that knowone was physically hurt, although I know you have to be heartbroken at the moment. Good luck and hope to see Louie soon.
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May 26, 2008 at 8:59 pm
darrel’s Profile Photo
May 26, 2008 at 8:51 pm
hi sorry to hear about your car ,
66caprice’s Profile Photo
May 26, 2008 at 8:42 pm
sorry to hear about the accident, i know what it like to have things busted up by mother nature, my car was crushed by an ice storm 3 years ago. took 6 months to rebuild. if i can find any parts i'll pass the info on to you.
FlashBack’s Profile Photo
May 26, 2008 at 8:18 pm
Sorry to hear of the carnage over there! We had a town 30 miles north of us get hit by an F3 tornado yesterday evening...1/3 of the town gone! My buddy's house is OK but two blocks away it looks like a bomb went off!!
We had some wind and rain...a tornado went pretty much around my place thank GOD.
I hope ya can find the parts your needing quickly and reasonably priced...once again, sorry to hear the news.

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