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Old 07 Nov 2011, 02:00 am
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Referring back to my "Worst Day Ever" post, the whole thing is done now. My mom's PT has been restored to its original look with a brand new bumper and headlight.

The whole job took me about 3.5 hours, but I believe I could do it much quicker next time, now that I know where some of the kinks are.

The main issue I had was getting the car jacked up. You can hardly get a jack underneath that thing. Ended up using the scissor jack until it was just up a little, and then putting a big jack underneath until I was able to set jack stands underneath it.

The total cost was 312 dollars. $242 for a primed and painted bumper (that matches the color and fits PERFECT), and 68 for a headlight with a lifetime warranty.

This is the most intensive work I've ever really done to a vehicle. I've changed brakes and rotors, replaced a stop-neutral-safety-switch on my 1998 Grand Am, and a headlight on my 2003 Dodge Stratus R/T coupe, and recently completed my first oil change on my 2004 PT Cruiser Turbo, but this was the most involved work yet.

Here's some pics! And if anyone ever needs some tips on how to do this job, I've got some great ones. It really isn't hard. The youtube video for the 01-05 PT Cruiser describes exactly how to do this job. The steps are 100% the same!

Here's the inital damage


And, the final product


Thanks for the help I got off this forum. Appreciated!
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Old 07 Nov 2011, 10:33 am
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Referring back to my "Worst Day Ever" post, the whole thing is done now. My mom's PT has been restored to its original look with a brand new bumper and headlight.

The whole job took me about 3.5 hours, but I believe I could do it much quicker next time, now that I know where some of the kinks are.

The main issue I had was getting the car jacked up. You can hardly get a jack underneath that thing. Ended up using the scissor jack until it was just up a little, and then putting a big jack underneath until I was able to set jack stands underneath it.

The total cost was 312 dollars. $242 for a primed and painted bumper (that matches the color and fits PERFECT), and 68 for a headlight with a lifetime warranty.

This is the most intensive work I've ever really done to a vehicle. I've changed brakes and rotors, replaced a stop-neutral-safety-switch on my 1998 Grand Am, and a headlight on my 2003 Dodge Stratus R/T coupe, and recently completed my first oil change on my 2004 PT Cruiser Turbo, but this was the most involved work yet.

Here's some pics! And if anyone ever needs some tips on how to do this job, I've got some great ones. It really isn't hard. The youtube video for the 01-05 PT Cruiser describes exactly how to do this job. The steps are 100% the same!


Thanks for the help I got off this forum. Appreciated!
It looks great! Thanks for posting the results.
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Old 07 Nov 2011, 10:42 am
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Ignore the $$^%@#% spammer.

NICE JOB.
And I think you got off cheaply.
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Old 07 Nov 2011, 05:07 pm
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Glad the video worked out! Good to see everything worked out and the price was less than you expected!
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Old 07 Nov 2011, 07:15 pm
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This is the most intense work I've never done a car. I changed the brakes and rotors, replaced one-stop neutral safety switch on my 1998 Grand am, and a headlight on my 2003 Dodge Stratus R / T coupe, and recently finished my first oil change on my 2004 PT Cruiser Turbo but it was the most involved work yet.
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Old 07 Nov 2011, 07:47 pm
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This is the most intense work I've never done a car. I changed the brakes and rotors, replaced one-stop neutral safety switch on my 1998 Grand am, and a headlight on my 2003 Dodge Stratus R / T coupe, and recently finished my first oil change on my 2004 PT Cruiser Turbo but it was the most involved work yet.

Victorsaver. Please explain why changing the oil was so "involved work". With the other things you mentioned, changing oil should have been a piece of cake.
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looking good. i'm glad to see that everything's ok.
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Old 09 Nov 2011, 10:05 pm
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Good job man!

Hope Mom appreciates you with at least a nice big pie.
(Willing to do safe taste test on pie for you. Send pm!)
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Old 11 Nov 2011, 08:36 pm
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Good job dude!

I plowed a dear at 40 mph with Mater a few months back and fixed her/him my self. Back on the road now. Had to do way more work than you, hood, fender, bumper cover, headlights, paint job, etc. but came out perfect. Great feeling for a DIY job! Congrats to yourself and I hope your mom is happy!

Cheers!
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Old 12 Nov 2011, 06:00 am
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Victorsaver. Please explain why changing the oil was so "involved work". With the other things you mentioned, changing oil should have been a piece of cake.
I think he was referring back to swapping the bumper and headlight as being intensive, and was using the example of completing his first oil change on the GT.. just my interpretation. If you can swap a bumper and headlight on a PT, it wouldn't be a far stretch to assume you can use a 15mm wrench and pull off an oil filter.. haha.
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