e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straight?

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e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straight?

Postby dsc201knoc » Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:00 pm

so i dont want to buy a new front panel for the car because i dont know how i plan on going with the body. But mine is a little mangled front the previous owner or the owner before that i guess they decided slamming the front end into the little parking block was good for the resale value.

any good ideas? Im not apposed to pulling it off to bang it out either.
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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby Yoshi » Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:53 pm

pix of damage?
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Postby dsc201knoc » Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:59 pm

Yoshi wrote:pix of damage?


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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby ponycarman » Sat Jul 23, 2011 6:17 pm

I think harbor freight has a body work hammer kit for $20-$30. Ive had one for years. Used it to get my front valance pretty close when I got rid of the db's. You can get stuff close if you take your time.
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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby dsc201knoc » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:33 pm

ponycarman wrote:I think harbor freight has a body work hammer kit for $20-$30. Ive had one for years. Used it to get my front valance pretty close when I got rid of the db's. You can get stuff close if you take your time.


So just the good old bang until it looks right... i mean thats too easy...

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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby ponycarman » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:37 pm

Wow that is pretty bent up. Might be easier to just find a replacement. Check around in the local junkyards. Buying off the forums can be costly because of shipping.
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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby dsc201knoc » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:40 pm

ponycarman wrote:Wow that is pretty bent up. Might be easier to just find a replacement. Check around in the local junkyards. Buying off the forums can be costly because of shipping.


yeah it is, i dont want to waste money if i plan on replacing the front end anyway... thats why i just wanted to bang it out straight a little..
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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby ponycarman » Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:06 pm

Oh ok well just a hammer will do hehe.
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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby Yoshi » Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:22 pm

get the cow catcher from lip. It covers over that valence anywho.
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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby ponycarman » Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:15 pm

Yeah I've got one too hehe. But it needs some work.
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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby M20_fever » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:05 am

yeah, it would take a ton of time to get that thing straight. Mine was nothing compared to that and it took me a good 4 hours of working to get it near perfect. PM Blunt on r3v, he can get some pretty goo deals on OE parts.
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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby dsc201knoc » Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:03 am

M20_fever wrote:yeah, it would take a ton of time to get that thing straight. Mine was nothing compared to that and it took me a good 4 hours of working to get it near perfect. PM Blunt on r3v, he can get some pretty goo deals on OE parts.


I am probably going to find one, hopefully cheap... i looked under the car and it is destroyed... Ill just get another one, get one of them volvo lips and tuck the bumpers.
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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby dsc201knoc » Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:24 pm

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It is a little straighter now, not great... A little rough up close, but i just need something to draw the attention away from it... I dont know, maybe like a volvo front lip or something :wink:
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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby M20_fever » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:10 am

I'll be hitting the parts yard this weekend in search of more, but your going to need to get that valance a lot straighter than that to mount one.
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Re: e30 Front panel: Easiest way to bang it a little straigh

Postby dsc201knoc » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:27 am

M20_fever wrote:I'll be hitting the parts yard this weekend in search of more, but your going to need to get that valance a lot straighter than that to mount one.


its hard because i have nothing to go off of.. i am picking up another valance but no luck locally. i really dont want to pay a fortune to have one shipped. If i get a lip maybe i will be more motivated to get the front end taken care of.
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