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RE: Crash. Or, I've toured the farmlands....

Alex wrote:

	>Somebody please give me the straight dope:  will the rear
subframe bend before
	>or after the rest of the rear suspension?

I'm not very familiar with Quattro and it's rear subframe, but the front
one is very easy to bend without damaging the rest of the suspension.
However, it's really difficult to say what could've been damaged without

  >Can I successfully get the body restraightened? 

Yep, I live in a country where 90% of used cars were brought from
Germany as wrecks and repaired cheaply - I've seen cars tied around a
tree being repaired, so don't worry Alex - yours is just a cosmetic
damage compared to this.

	>By how far does the crankshaft clear the oil pan?

The lowest positioned part is the oil pump intake funnel - I guess it is
bent or broken, that's why you don't have enough oil pressure. 
Really sorry to hear about your accident Alex, especially you've been
one of more knowledgeable and helpful listers - hope your 5K hits the
road again soon.

Aleksander Mierzwa
Warsaw, Poland
87 Audi 5000CS turbo (mine)
88 Renault Medallion wagon (mom's)
91 mountain bike (just in case both cars broke at the same time :-)