The return of the love wagon (Part 3)

by Paulo Rafael Subido | Feb 16, 2010
<>Guys, thanks for the comments and insights. As Budoy said in the comments box, those rare parts and trim are priceless. A paintjob can be done anywhere, but finding those parts can (and will be) a bitch. So, be obsessive-compulsive. Who cares if you are laughed at for wrapping nuts and bolts in plastic bags and labeling each one? Peace of mind is hard to come by nowadays. Moving on... While waiting (trust me, there will be plenty of waiting) for the tasks at hand to be accomplished (like bodywork which does take a while), it is a good idea to work on things that can be done outside of the shop. I managed to score a rear bumper for the Love Wagon at a surplus shop. These things rot away really quickly, hence the difficulty in sourcing them. [caption id="attachment_364" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Those are holes. We stripped away the putty covering the extensions. Is there still hope for these? Hell, yes."]Those are holes. We stripped away the putty covering the extensions. Is there still hope for these? Hell, yes.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_365" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Talk about beaten up! If you notice, plenty of old cars with chrome bumpers have black extensions. That's because underneath they probably look like this. Putty and paint are a practical fix."]Talk about beaten up! If you notice, plenty of old cars with chrome bumpers have black extensions. That's because underneath they probably look like this. Putty and paint are a practical fix.[/caption] Despite the state of the rear bumper, I opted to get it anyway and take my chances in having it rebuilt by a tinsmith. Galant Wagon bumpers (and the extensions at the ends) are a pain to find, believe me. [caption id="attachment_366" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="What the extension looks like from the inside"]What the extension looks like from the inside[/caption] Here's how they look after the repair. I felt the surfaces and they felt level enough. I was advised not to have the bumpers chromed, but, I want chrome bumpers dammit! The job turned out okay. Not perfect, but the whole piece looks much nicer than the old Toyota Corona (?) bumper that was on there. [caption id="attachment_367" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Check these out! Don't forget to rust-proof the rears of these with undercoating."]Check these out! Don't forget to rust-proof the rears of these with undercoating.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_368" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="If you know this guy then you've gone to an excellent chroming place."]If you know this guy then you've gone to an excellent chroming place.[/caption] I was also lucky enough to find a brand-new front bumper. [caption id="attachment_369" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Jackpot! I can't wait to see this mounted on the Love Wagon."]Jackpot! I can't wait to see this mounted on the Love Wagon.[/caption]
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