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Old 10-27-2009, 01:49 AM   #1
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first off, sorry if this is the wrong section, I could not decide where to put this and this seemed the best fitting.

Well last Thursday now I was on my way to work like any other morning when going through some construction crap I ended up rear ending a jeep. he got a scratch on his bumper I got this:




Oh joy

I spent a few days looking around at prospective used cars, after getting completely frustrated at looking at different craigslist pieces of garbage I decided to fix what I already had

a few quick jumps on the hood convinced me things aren't so bad





Lets get down and dirty. first order gut the front end and old radiator suport gotta go!






Many, many spot welds later and cursing the core support grudgingly comes out


new parts


test fitting new core support seems to fit alright.

more test fitting of parts



and with the help of a crappy 110mig welder my friend Brandon stitches it in.




Random shot of painting a few junkyard brackets I got on Saturday


that ought to do.


Painted up and looking good



looking more like a car.




That'* the most I have pictures of right now, rest will have to wait till I get around to taking them. but the ol girl is back in action. drives same as always. front end lines up 100x better then it did thanks to me repairing previous bodyshop flunkies so called repairs.

Also avoid "A-1-Auto" in Crestline, OH they tried to sell me a bent radiator for $75, and neglected to tell me about the gouges in the front bumper cover I was buying from them. I ended up buying a almost new double core rad from a early SSEI at the local pick n pull for less then what they wanted.

well that does it for another mini-project, albeit it a unintended one. be safe out there.
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Great job Chris!

Nice to see you didn't give up on the old girl and got her back on the road. Way to go!!!
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Well done. Lots of work, but well worth it.
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Great work.
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"mini-project"??? I would hate to see what you would call a "maxi-project". Awesome job. Personally, I would get a front end alignment as a final check.
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Thanks everyone. The car just runs too good, and even with 166,000miles it was worth it to me to repair, because flat out I could not buy a car as good as this one for what I put into fixing it.

I still have to evac and recharge the AC system yet, and a few other minor odds and ends. but Its returned to the roads again, and that'* what counts.

All said the project took about 1 week to complete, Sunday to Sunday.

I also forgot to mention or post pictures of the rocker panel rebuild, turns out my drivers side rocker was pretty darn rusty and I had to rebuild that whole area.

as for my bigger projects, maybe at some point I'll post up the build of my z34 in the other cars section.
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Would love to see the other work you have done. Your free to do any write ups you feel might be useful to other members. I will then be happy to move them to the tech info area under your name.
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yea great to see u brought her back, same as me, my rear end was totaled 5 years ago and insurance company wanted to total it bc the repairs were more that the car was worth, my dad didnt want to buy another car bc the bonnie is so reliable, he bought it back from the insurance company and got it repaired and now its still on the road today, the bonneville is one of the few cars that i would ever buy back from the insurance company bc its not like it was unreliable, it just a little cosmetic damage
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hey, white, are you close to cincinatti, OH? bc my sister lives there and her bf works at GE makin jet engines
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