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Fixing My Car

Old 06-30-2004, 10:32 AM
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Ok, I'm trying to think about the best way to fix my car. The green circle is what needs to be pulled out, I think I'm going to get Maaco to do it, they said $150 to straighten. I can replace the blue circle support thing from a parts car, I think just 4 bolts hold it on. The red arrow points to a bent support piece, I'm going to try and straighten it. Any tips on the best way to do that? I'm pretty sure hitting it with a hammer isn't going to work. Maybe the Maaco guys can straighten that?



Now the part I really want to know. The red cicles, those parts seem to only hold the bumper and fender in place. They are welded in place, and I can see where they have been bent and rusted from something the previous owner hit (the same goes for the passenger side, but not as severe). I want to remove those (cut them?), and replace them with something else. Should I try to find the same pieces off of a donor car, and drill holes and bolt them on? Rivet them on? Would it be worth my time and money to have someone weld them on? Could I use cut sheet metal rather than the same pieces from a donor car?



Your help is appreciated, I'd like to get this thing looking mediocre again.
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Old 06-30-2004, 10:35 AM
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Have someone weld it on. Use the donor pieces
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Old 06-30-2004, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by banzaitoyota' date='Jun 30 2004, 10:35 AM
Have someone weld it on. Use the donor pieces
What would be the best way to remove the donor pieces from the other car? Drill out the welds or something to that effect? Cut around where they attach?
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Old 06-30-2004, 10:56 AM
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Drill out the spot welds, and a steady hand w/ a plasma cutter should get the rest out easy and not damage the surrounding sheet metal too much.
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Hmmm, I might not be able to borrow a plasma cutter and drag it into a junk yard, but I'll think of something. Thanks for your help!
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I suppose you could use an oxy/acytelene torch or a sawzall but those are kind of crude tools to use if they aren't ones you use everyday.
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Old 06-30-2004, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by 89 Rag' date='Jun 30 2004, 11:59 AM
I suppose you could use an oxy/acytelene torch or a sawzall but those are kind of crude tools to use if they aren't ones you use everyday.
I'm talking about removing the donor pieces. I could always cut way around what I need. For removing the bent stuff on the car, I'll have the shop do it properly.
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Originally Posted by Baldy' date='Jun 30 2004, 10:12 AM
I'm talking about removing the donor pieces. I could always cut way around what I need. For removing the bent stuff on the car, I'll have the shop do it properly.
Well that changes everything, take a torch and a 20 lb sledge, and you're good!
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sounds good to me!
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