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a little baody work help

Discussion in 'Body / Exterior / Interior / Cosmetics' started by 95preludetypes, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. 95preludetypes

    95preludetypes Member

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    my buddie rear ended a truck and it damaged his front driver side i im going to help him fix it
    the worst of the damage is to the radatior support area it is tweaked bad is bent back about 3 inches can that be replace or is it better to get out the slug and just beat the hell out of it thank you
     
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    hcivic.com Senior Member

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    buy a replacement and weld it in
     
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    :werd: Thats the only way your going to get all of your crucial points (latch,headlights etc. ) to the correct meausrements. Your going to need a spot weld drill bit (its flat and not convex like regular bits) to drill all the spot welds out, vice grip the new one in place and make sure you have identical measurements from 1) left hinge bolt --> right front fender bolt hole
    2) right hinge bolt to left side front fender bolt hole and make sure your length from your fender bolt hole on the upper rail to core support is the same distance .
     
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    Kajed Kreation Junior Member

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    Well chances are that if the support is 3 inches back it definately needs some frame machine time and as for what xyswany posted:



    well lets face it - it's just not that easy. this is precision shit youre talkin about and is by no means a do it yourselfers project. my best advice...swing the car by a body shop that does free estimates and see what they say...you dont have to go with them but at least you would have a professional outlook on it. and also take by a couple sops, not just one
     
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    taking these measuremsnts is going to get you relatively close to where u need to be but it is NOT a guaranteed way to get everything to line up. First off if the radiator suppost is pushed 3 inches back it is definatley going to need to be pulled before you ever even begin to strip the parts off of it. So unless you have a way of pulling it and the knowledge of knowing how to pull and where to pull it to, i would not adbvise trying to attempt this on your own. If you did have those following things i couldnt imagine you would be on here asking about it. Anyhow if u get crazy and decide to try and do it yourself the best way to do it is to get it pulled back out where u "think" it needs to be and the put your radiator support on with some self tapping screws where it looks like it should fit. Then proceed to put eveything back in like the radiator, headlights, fenders, hood, bumper cover, etc. now make sure everything lines up the way it should. Once you have all the correct body lines and everything fitting properly u can then proceed to take it all back apart and weld the radiator support on. Now once you do that you can take your self tapping screws out and weld up those holes to. you should be good tpo put it all back together and have a straight front end again ;)

    oh and also if the radaitor support is that far back chances are its gonna need other structural parts either replaced or pulled back to shape
     
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