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Postby ten2doyle102 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:02 pm

Well, I have taken on this project which happens to be my Dad's d.d. Its a simple 1996 Honda Civic LX that as you can see was involved in a minor fender bender. My dad was quoted like 3800 to fix it at a local shop but I figure I can do a fine job with it and save him a lot of cash.

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I've picked up a new hood, cut a big chunk out of a junk car that we can weld in later to replace the bent piece as well. We will weld that in soon. My biggest thing is with the hood. its got some little dents in it and I figured we could pound them out.

Here's a pic of the dents

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Would you recommend that i strip the whole thing down first???

Dug in a bit today to see the true extent of the damage and this is what we got. Pulled the bumper, head lights, and fender liners out.

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Core support is a little bent - I would think you could pull that out, right?

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Basically, I am going to post my progress on this thing while I am working on it and ask anyy questions that we might have. My biggest thing is when it comes time to prep the hood and whatever else for paint.

Thanks,

Matt
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Re: Accident Repair - 1996 Honda Civic

Postby M20_fever » Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:17 am

I would get the dents out then clean up and prime the repaired areas. The core support can just be pulled, doesn't look too bad. Best thing about those cars are the quantity and low cost of parts.
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Re: Accident Repair - 1996 Honda Civic

Postby Court M3 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:17 am

Core support should pull out easily as Tony said. Prep is the biggest key if you plan on repainting.
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Re: Accident Repair - 1996 Honda Civic

Postby ten2doyle102 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:13 pm

M20_fever wrote:I would get the dents out then clean up and prime the repaired areas. The core support can just be pulled, doesn't look too bad. Best thing about those cars are the quantity and low cost of parts.



Any good processes for removing the dents that you might be able to share? I do plan on repainting it so I want it too look decent.
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Postby Yoshi » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:47 pm

is it bad that I'd chuck a car with that much damage?
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Postby ten2doyle102 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:55 pm

No, I probably would have too... but my dad asked me to fix it so I said why not! Might cost him a little bit of money, but its better than a car payment...
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Postby Yoshi » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:58 pm

true. I guess it only costs money to try.
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Postby M20_fever » Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:18 pm

for the little dents in the Hood you can get it damn near perfect with a body hammer and dolly, just set the dents a little low so you can skim coat with filler and sand smooth.
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Postby ten2doyle102 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:36 pm

That's what I was figuring on doing. Just wasn't sure if there was perhaps a better process. Should I strip the whole hood down to the metal and re prime it?
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Postby M20_fever » Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:07 pm

no need to strip the whole Hood, just scuff the whole thing with a red Scotch bright pad then prime the whole thing.
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Re: Accident Repair - 1996 Honda Civic

Postby ten2doyle102 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:31 pm

Sweet! I shall do that!
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Postby ten2doyle102 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:41 pm

Done a bit more work to it. Just playing around. lol!

Keep in mind, this thing does not need to be pretty, just decent.

I decided I wanted to try to "pull" the front end back into position and did so with my e30!

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It took me about an hour and a half, but over all its not bad.

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Considering where it was and where it is now, I am pretty pleased with it. Since this pic was taken, I have further smoothed it out and put the hood on. It actually closes now too...AND lines up!

On a side note, I figured I'd throw this up on here just for fun. I made a shift handle for my friend just for fun...

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I am not going to lie... It's totally dangerous to drive with so that's why I told him that it would be very wise to use it only for shows or what have you.... I'd hate to see what it would do to your hand if you got into accident...
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Re: Accident Repair - 1996 Honda Civic

Postby M20_fever » Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:46 pm

haha, that's awesome! should make a quick disconnect for car jacking defense!
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Re: Accident Repair - 1996 Honda Civic

Postby ponycarman » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:13 pm

Haha that would be awesome!

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Re: Accident Repair - 1996 Honda Civic

Postby Rick » Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:27 pm

Ha! Nice. I love the handy dand tow feature of the e30

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