Is it worth it to have bumpers repaired when money and effort can be spent elsewhere? What tasks are important and what can wait?
I find myself asking those questions because sometimes I find parts that I think I need, or jobs that I think have to be done. When I encounter a dilemma like this I usually just go for it. I'm not saying that it is smart to shell money out for emblems when mechanical work is pending. What I'm trying to say is, well, everything is essential.
The best way to go about this is to have money stashed away for those surprise expenses.
But it is when you look at things from a practical perspective that you begin to wonder whether or not what you are doing is worth the time, effort, and money. However, once you start the project, abandoning it is not an option. And who ever said that restoring an old car was a practical endeavor?
Here is what happened so far: According to my files these photos were taken in May 2009.
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The black passenger-side fender is a brand-new piece that I was lucky enough to score in Banawe. Too bad there was only one piece! It even has holes for a fender mirror, and holes for where the fender emblems should be. Swerte!
Do note that everything must be aligned. The hood, if you look closely, has also been repaired. It isn't perfect but, until I find a fresh hood, it will have to do.
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At last, the rusted sections of the doors were replaced. When undertaking this, make sure the dimensions don't change. Right now I am having issues with the fit of the front passenger door because when the weather strip is attached, the door won't close properly.
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This looks okay, but the measurements taken were for the old taillamps. The new ones don't fit perfectly. Adjustments must be made. However, had I left my brand-new taillamps at this particular shop I have feeling they would have been damaged.
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Make sure the bodywork includes the fit of the trim. This looks okay considering the left fender is no longer original. Down the line the painter covered this section in so much bondo the garnish didn't fit any more. That's just freaking stupid. This is evidence that the painter and the latero aren't communicating--a very bad sign. I should have taken steps to remedy this, but my trust and faith in this shop was pretty strong. Big mistake on my part.
It looks like there is finally decent progress. Until the next post!