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Old 07-05-2005, 01:39 AM   #11
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ok... I am done for the night, not a whole lot of progress. removed the bumper cover from the red one. Went to remove the first piston and found the bolt on the rail rusted to it and stripped, so I couldn't remove it. That halted progress on that for now. I think I can just get the piston off the other side and replace my bad one.

I also started painting some of the rusting/paint missing areas just to seal them up. was doing rather well til I oversprayed and turned my forearm white. sorry, no pictures of it. hoping tomorrow I can get to the junk yard to see what they have available.
Obvious which is the bad one.

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red car prior to bumper removal

After removal


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More work to be done tomorrow. My dad wants it buttoned up before I go back to Rochester cause he wants to put his truck in the garage.
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Old 07-06-2005, 02:25 PM   #12
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Ok... and the pictures from the final day of working on the car. The day started out with a trip to the junkyard. Unfortunately, they only had 3 SE, all of which had no usable parts for me (and no good grab handles). They did have an 88 SSE and an 89 SSE, both maroon and rusty, but mostly complete still. There was also this car (Pic #2) that randy might have been interested in.

Once it started raining, I left. No luck finding a good bumper piston. Oncemy parents got some and I got a hold of some of my dad'* tools, I was able to get the piston off the red car. I cleaned it up, mounted it and then painted it. Results:


While i waited for it to dry, I painted the area behind the bumper cover to seal up all the marks in the paint where it might start rusting.


Once that was done, I decided that my bumper cover was lookin a little ugly, so I decided to fix that.
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Looks much better. It is slightly whiter than the rest of the car, but doesn't look too bad. That and I was too cheap to buy the paint from autozone. When I get the new cover (thanks sse for me) it will need to be repainted anyways, so this is just to tide me over.

While waiting for that paint to dry, my dad got home from his interview (just got hired as a salesman at the Chevy dealer down the street ) and we decided to fix the bald spots on the LTZ. It looks fine from afar, but you can tell. We didn't fade it in properly this time, so there are lines from where we masked it, but there are no longer any white spots and no exposed metal which might rust.


After much work, I finally got everything back together (except for inside the trunk) and I think it looks better than it did. I will be hand painting the black stripe when I get hone next, unless my dad gets bored.



All in all I am pretty happy with it. I didn't get to bring it back like I wanted cause it still needs the Oil Pressure Sending Unit installed (thanks Bill) and the breaks and front suspension checked as there is a noise still in there, but I should have it this weekend.
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wow. I'm very impressed! You're doing some awesome work to that Bonneville. Keep it up!
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friggun awesome
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White bumper looks pretty good from here.
so do we get to see the after of the chevy.
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Bumper doesn't look too bad from here either............

Like ya said "Something to tide ya' over"
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Can I send you my front bumper!!!

Looks great!
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White bumper looks pretty good from here.
so do we get to see the after of the chevy.
The funny thing was, right after we finished the LTZ it started raining, so I will get some afters later. It looks fine from 20 feet, but you can really begin to tell after that. Looks better than it did though.

As for the white, I am hoping to get some sunshine pictures when I get it back here. Might still get the GM white spray paint and re-do it just to see how it turns out. If it is a good match, then I might even do the front bumper and fender until I can afford a real paint job. I also would like to be able to climb under it and recoat everything with paint, but that is further down the road. Also, both exhaust bezels got painted black cause we had extra from the LTZ and they were both broken so that helps. Looks decent.

Next is carpet and insulation, which I might just get dynamat instead of the stock insulation if I can get it cleaned. I also picked up a radio witing harness for a 94+ radio and just need to get a female end for a 92-93 so I can just make a jumper rather than splicing it so it can return to the stock one if I sell it. Well, that concludes this weekends fun and excitement.
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Geoff...looks awesome!, hope to see it with you next time you are down this way. Keep up the great work. It is really paying off.
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nice and shiny, just as it should be
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