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Guys,
After getting all the parts together and hand sanding and priming my bumper cover. (Thanks for the tips Kevin!!!) I finally put the car in the shop to get the real work done.

A little history

The car was in EXCELLENT shape. 110,000 miles, Zero Mods when I bought it. It was hit on the Drivers quarter panel and rear when I bought it, which knock the door off track and made it hard to close. But it had waaaaaaaaay too much potential to pass up. Perfect carpet, excellent seats 1 tear, perfect dash, perfect vert top, engine unhorsed, zero rust, no frame damage, etc etc. So I bought it and have been working on it for about 2 1/2 years now. All the seals leaked so I repaired & replaced EVERYTHING. Very pleased with it now but as we all know there is always so much more work to do.

I'm going to be posting up pics of the car coming back together bodywise as well as any other progress I make on the car.

I'll start with pics of the body damage when I first bought the car
 

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Here is a side view of the quarter panel. It was knocked pretty good. The door was off by about half inch. Quarter was pushed up. And a few dings within the damaged area

 

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This is where the most force hit the car. Knocked the bumper cover. Knocked the trunk off pretty good. The bumper reinforcement took the damage. Once the cover was removed I saw the bumper re-enforcement was banged up and I felt much better about the frame which was fine.

 

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Here is a front side view.

 

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Here is the "before" passenger side. Nearly flawless.

 

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For the record. This car is a daily driver. There is no garage queen to it at all. I have enough "queens" in the way. This car is to drive everyday. I have changed the exhaust system twice since buying it. I need to weld in some subframes & redo the rear upper control arms. I have to get stock bushings pressed into the axle because I hear bad things about the poly's in the upper control arm can ruin your torque boxes or what not so I'm not taking any chances there. I am looking to do TrickFlow H/C/I swap this fall. Sooner if I can find all the parts I want for the right prices. I'll take 300-320 HP and be very happy with it.
 

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Here are a few pics of my hand work on the replacement bumper cover. Hand sanding is no fun at all!!!!!! You must be patient to get good results. It is a very slow process. Thanks for all the tips guys.





 

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Heres a couple pics of some of my beggining underhood refreshments when I first got it.





 

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Here is a look at the beggining of the body work repairs. Grinded clean and the begginings of the drivers side quarter panel reshaping and repair.

 

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Here is the rear view of the body reapair. As you can see the car is dirty under there but not rusty at all. Very solid. Here the door is lined back up and can properly close!!! (AMEN) and the trunk is settled down some. But of course much more alignment work to do there. Remember I bought the car with this damage so I have never seen it straight. I'm very excited to finally be getting this work done.

 

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Here it is on the rack. But it didnt need any framework.


 

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Awesome.
I love this sort of project!

Details on your sanding procedure are appreciated.
What grit did you start with, and how did you proceed? (800, 1000, 2000?)
 

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Awesome.
I love this sort of project!

Details on your sanding procedure are appreciated.
What grit did you start with, and how did you proceed? (800, 1000, 2000?)
Thanks bro!!!
I havent been getting much interaction with the thread.
But I'll keep the pics coming to catch up to where the car is now.

Sanding procedure for the bumper cover was 180 grit by hand

Then primer. Wet sand wtih 400 grit. Primer wet sand 400 grit
Then wet sand with 600 grit. Then your ready for base /clear
The bumper turned out nice and smooth. Which you will see in the next pics.
 

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Here is the damaged drivers quarter (the worst area) all straight and primed. Trunk is lining back up more and more. My bumper cover work is looking quite nice. Not bad for a first timer if I must say so myself.

 

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Trick Flow Track Heat intake with spacer, 75mm Eddie TB, spacer and fox throttle cable set up all on the way. Yesszzzziiirrrr.
 

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More body work pics.

 

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Here is the driver and passenger side body work.





 
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