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Old 07 Jan 2016, 05:23 pm
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Default Front end Damage, Need guidance

My fiancee recently rear ended some one, causing a bit of damage. I'm willing to admit i'm a good parts changer, and have a bit of mechanical background, But 0 experience in trying to straighten out metal.

I'm not sure if I should just find some one or a shop to perform the work, or with a bit of help learning what tools and methods I may need to get the job done to hopefully save several hundred bucks.

Ive already compiled a parts list of the things I need and can install myself,
D-headlight assembly($50)
Driver side fender($80 bucks, cant complain)
Hood($150ish)
Air cleaning lower housing($80-120ish)
Plastic grille($50-100)
upper radiator support($50)
Radiator($120)
Radiator fan ($70)
Bumber cover foam insert(?)

Tools needed to straighten out engine compartment(???)
What it might cost to have shop straighten out ^^^^(????)

Here is some photos to show you all what i'm working with, any advice is appreciated.

pt cruiser - Album on Imgur whole album with and without fender/bumber cover
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Old 07 Jan 2016, 05:50 pm
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My fiancee recently rear ended some one, causing a bit of damage. I'm willing to admit i'm a good parts changer, and have a bit of mechanical background, But 0 experience in trying to straighten out metal.

I'm not sure if I should just find some one or a shop to perform the work, or with a bit of help learning what tools and methods I may need to get the job done to hopefully save several hundred bucks.

Ive already compiled a parts list of the things I need and can install myself,
D-headlight assembly($50)
Driver side fender($80 bucks, cant complain)
Hood($150ish)
Air cleaning lower housing($80-120ish)
Plastic grille($50-100)
upper radiator support($50)
Radiator($120)
Radiator fan ($70)
Bumber cover foam insert(?)

Tools needed to straighten out engine compartment(???)
What it might cost to have shop straighten out ^^^^(????)

Here is some photos to show you all what i'm working with, any advice is appreciated.

pt cruiser - Album on Imgur whole album with and without fender/bumber cover
Send me a PM. We just completed a woody with this same type of damage.
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Old 14 Jan 2016, 09:19 am
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Default Re: Front end Damage, Need guidance

Just wanted to post an update, Managed to get everything straightened very well, everything lined back up except 1 bolt on the upper radiator mount.
4lb shop hammer, 6ft steel bar, a bunch of grunting and cussing, and now the pt is all back together.

Ended up finding a almost electric blue pt cruiser to use as a donor, Told my fiancee we should find some white doors. Go with a red/white/blue theme. Ill post up pics in a bit.
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Old 15 Jan 2016, 03:50 pm
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Good to see your nearly sorted...nowt worse that getting a damaged car
well done on sorting things out so quick.
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