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#1 Old Feb 4th, 2013, 02:38 PM
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1988 KC body work.

For some reason, I decided to pull the front bumper. The driver's side end is bent, guess I was looking to bend it back.

Here is the damage I found. The driver's side is solid, but this side is toast.


Anyone see this before and know how to fix it?


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#2 Old Feb 4th, 2013, 04:07 PM
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that used to be your radiator support! and it is, was structural... I would try to replace that asap! (if its a daily driver) might check with aftermarket for a replacement (call a local body shop and ask who they use)
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Not my daily driver. I use it a couple times a week to take dog to the beach, and to tow my 400 pound boat.

I was thinking about patching it together with steel sheet and some bolts.
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Here is a look at the driver's side. All solid. Must have something to do with the radiator overflow tank.

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check the aftermarket for a radiator support, drill out the old welds, square up the front end and weld in the new supt or.... if you use a patch, weld instead of bolts, but square the frt end..
#6 Old Feb 5th, 2013, 07:25 AM
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Ok, but how do I "square" this beast?
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body shops have all the spec's, but I would go from a fixed point back by the hood hinge to the opposite side of the rad supt (criss cross) get the same measurement from both sides and its square..
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Update.




#9 Old Feb 8th, 2013, 04:14 PM
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New tail lamps.
#10 Old Feb 9th, 2013, 10:15 AM
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I am ready to order a couple of fenders from Amazon. Any suggestions?
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Anyone have some experience with after market fenders?
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if you want more of a bulge in the fender, get 4wd fenders, they mount up the same etc.. The (a/m fenders) fit & finish will not be the same, read all the small print etc Might check with a local body shop to see where they buy their a/m parts, then you can see before you buy...
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Thanks, I am going to visit an auto body place this morning.
#14 Old Feb 12th, 2013, 01:12 PM
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Ugg! Body work stuff is impossible to find. The shop I went to this morning, turns out they specialize in paint.
#15 Old Feb 13th, 2013, 07:32 AM
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This bumper was bolted on extremely tight. I had to go to Sears and get another 1/2 inch drive ratchet, and another 18mm socket. The first three bolts took a huge effort, the third one I cut away with a Dremel.

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