skiski329 wrote:Wow! glad your ok! it looked really bad with the tin's on. But after you took them off, it looks reasonable. As long as your not having major mechanical issues then it shouldn't be that bad. Especially if you check the junk yard and get lucky with a pathy that was junked because of the strut corrosion recall, then you would get good mechanically sound parts and nice tins.
Thanks - its the brush guard that crumpled all the sheet metal so much making it look worse than it is. The brush guard at the same time damaged the sheet metal and rad support more, and evenly distributed the load across the front, and... bent itself (flexible) which resulted in less damage to the unibody frame which didnt even get bent somehow!
My game plan now is to remove the oil cooler - tow it to a body shop to have them straighten anything that may be required, put a new rad support in, new fenders and to tow it back to my place using aaa.
I'm then going to order the rest of the replacement parts online and change them myself, much like I removed the damaged ones today. I am going to find a used door at a scrap yard and will hope that it will just fit in place of the damaged one.
Not planning on paying for painting, due to the added cost, but will try to find colour matched parts from a scrap yard.
Thanks for the heads up, I hope there is some of them to find as OEM is always better than cheap aftermarket parts.
I only plan on having it last another couple years so I don't really want to spend a fortune on it.
In this picture you can see that the grey line that runs at the bottom of the support is crimped on the right side in one part. Is that a coolant line or an ac line ? Anyone know? Where could I get a new one ?