This afternoon was spent at a couple yards in the area. First was Vans Auto Salvage in Mankato. They have a pretty dirty and poorly run business going, but that usually means the best deals. They don't even have an inventory! The guy says it all in his head. They had a green 94 SSE with a slipping trans that wasnt missing to many parts. I grabbed a bunch of stuff off it. I started by asking him how much he wanted for each piece separate as we pulled them off, here is what he told me:
Door cladding $30 (need to order the clips from the dealer unless someone has a better idea)
Radiator cover $10
Radiator cover $10
Maxifuse cover $10
headlight bracket $10
speaker grill $5
washer fluid cap $free
cigarette lighter plug $free
front radiator bracket $10
Power antenna $30
Console armrest $10
I was trying to calculate all these prices in my head, and I knew it was starting to get up there, but I needed everything, so I kept going. Then after we got to the counter, he looked at everything and looked at me, looked at everything and then looked at me again and said, $50
SOLD! Then I had to run to an ATM since he doesn't take CC'*
Tomorrow I am picking up a near MINT rear bumper cover, exhaust shield and coolant reservoir for $40 since he didn't have time to pull that today.
Next was St. James Auto Salvage where I knew they had a hood for me. We pulled one off a 95 SE in pretty fair condition. It does have a small paint chip about the size of a dime on the edge of the hood near the grill. A little touchup should work great. I was a little disappointed with the price of the hood since I had my hopes up for the $75 one, but I paid $175 for this one, as that is the best I can do locally right now.
Marty, I wish I would have thought about what you said earlier, I have to get rid of that hood now!
Now for the bad news. After installing the hood, it would not latch. I found out that the radiator support got pushed in more than I originally thought. It will need to be pulled out on a frame puller, which I have no idea how much it will cost. It is pushed in about 1-1.5" inches. This will delay me drastically as I can't put the front end together anymore until that gets fixed.