Quick spray job on the golf, didn't turn out 1/2 bad... Good enough for a dally beater
Allot has been going on with the car.... Replaced the wheel bearings, then 2 days later I was involved in a accident. According to the police report it is no fault. I am waiting on the insurance adjuster to look at my fox, then I can begin fixing it. The other vehicle, and 05 Taurus came out with around $1,300 in damage. The grill is cracked, the bumper cover is junk,the rebar is tweaked, minor damage to fender.
So this brings me to this question... Who has a neat idea for a grill and bumper combo? I was just going to grab another Buick grill, and locate a fox bumper, but im open to suggestions you may have. I was thinking about a rabbit bumper, dodge omni, or a mkII small bumper. As far as grills go, a cut down s-10 billet grill hiding the lights, (or cut to accommodate them) or a cut rabbit, or cabby piece, any other ideas? On another note, checkered the golf...
thanks for the input!
to be honest, that is not a retarded idea at all... kind of a cool one... As a matter of fact one of our regular customers at the garage is a cabinet maker. He recently had cataract surgery, but when he recovers he is making wood slats for my roof rack. I forget the type of wood he is making it from, but its a wood that is naturally water proof. It would take allot of time to get a bumper that didn't look 1/2 assed but I like the wood idea, maybe a metal bumper with a inlaid wood bump strip... hmmm...
While out for a drive I found a MK I GTI complete, but in haggard shape in a guys yard. I stopped and talked to him, and ended up purchasing the front bumper, and all 4 flairs for $40. Striped the bumper down, re conditioned the trim, painted the bumper, bent out my German plate as best as I could, and installed that. Installed the front flairs, they are a near perfect fit for the fox. Not sure what im going to do about the back ones, I currently have Rabbit 1/4 flairs on now. I want to run the GTI flair, but I have to decide if I want to A. Hack up the flair to fit the bumper B. Hack up the bumper to fit the flair C. Install full flair, modify rear GTI bumper to fit... Once I get back down to the shop ill fab up some custom brackets for the Rabbit bumpers. Im also going to weld up the bumper clip holes in the fender. Radiator was also damaged during accident, I have one on the way (Thanks beauff)
Rien: Any tips on making Rabbit bumper to fox brackets?
Sick of it looking like this.....
How does the car drive? I got hit by an Acura MDX in one of my Foxes and it damaged the rad too, which meant the frame bent into the rad. On my Fox, it's quite easy to see that the frame bent. I would have a frame shop check it out.
Originally Posted by 90quattrocoupe
Thank you for the concern/ tip. It was a little different in my situation. I had replaced the cardboard cover in front of the radiator with a somewhat thick gage sheet metal ( I traced the cardboard onto steel and made a duplicate). When I was involved in the accident, the front of my hood hit the car before my bumper, causing it to bend in around 1/4", because of the solid connection between the hood and the core support (hoodpins),this was enough to move that metal plate (bolted to the core support) enough to puncture my radiator.
put the bumper on... I did not like the looks of the bottom 1/2 of the fox core support showing, it just didn't look right so I put the air dam on to hide it. Now the air dam sits up higher, and makes the car look high, so imp not real pleased with that. Un sure if imp going to keep the plate on or not, or if im going to re install the bumper overiders. Overall meh... it needs work but it looks better than a crashed front end. and just disregard that ugly disaster of a POS grill, its just there to keep stuff out of the engine bay until I can find a new one... ( I think that could be part of why im not really feeling the car at the moment)
Thanks for the comments, good points and suggestions. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] Took the bumper back off and re did the brackets. Brought the bumper in closer to the car, as well as brought it up some, made a nice improvement (PITA....). As far as it looking to skinny for the car, I think bringing it up some helped with that, it flows better, and the addition of the over riders fattened it up a little. Time to retire the plate (had it on my last 3 Volkswagens) looking a little haggard .
Doesn't look to bad with out a bumper, but im sure the cops will not see it that way.. Take a close look, you can see the extent of the damage to the front, both ends are pulled down, nothing aside from replacing the sheet metal with fix it....
As of now:
Once I get that horrible grill out of there i think I will be in good shape. I think a nice grill and a set of rounds, or MKI Jetta quad squares would set it off nicely...
Installed a rabbit grill, Glad to **** can the grill that was in there... It needs an emblem though,, anyone what to send me one cheap?
Well I have been kicking around the idea of doing a boser for a long time, so I figured heck, why not. Far from being finished, just have the middle section welded in (lots of body work to go). Im undecided if I want to do a 3 piece and make separate eyebrows, or do it all as 1 piece.
starting to look better...
I usually just work with what I have, and what is around me... (the goal of the car is to have an original stylish reliable driver for the least amount of $ possible) After the accident I did not have access to fox parts to replace the damaged ones, so I took the opportunity to go in a different direction. Design changes on the car happen when I come across parts for free, and have some spare time.
Sorry to hear about your motorcar accident! You had your little Fox all fixed up then this - glad to see she wasn't down for long! With an owner like you she's back on track in no time - the last picture here we like with the black top and yellow plate GR8 job!