The subject of this thread was purchased from an online auction. It lived a long and happy life out west before being sold to someone in NY state who wrecked it shortly after purchase. Its quite obvious that the last owner didn't do much to maintain the interior of the vehicle as I found melted candies, animal hair, stains of unknown origin, cigarette burn holes, lots of trash, over $1 in loose change etc. This car was rusting away on an auction lot in NY destined for a gloomy future. I thought it would be perfect for a little project I had in mind.
An abused 2005 GG MR
What is that under the hood?
Well it appears to be a Honda SOHC POS, what a surprise!
Step one was obvious, remove the turd from the engine bay and wash the New York off of her.
Rad support is toast. Nothing says 'abused' more than the 3 different types of wheels.
Lame-ectomy and bath complete, tucked into bed.
In a word: $hit.
Even with the carpet out it still smells like hair gel and fist bumpin
Destined for a thorough cleaning
A testament to the 'fragrance' in the car, my cat couldn't get enough of that stank
Seat on the operating table
Looking a bit cleaner
Passenger frame rail bent about 1" up, in front of the strut tower thankfully.
Physics can be fun!
10,000psi of ramming, days of hammering and a bottle's worth of propane torching later...
Next step is to remove that nasty radiator support.
New rad support arrived from Mitsu! Here it is mocked up. I'm awaiting fender, headlights and front bumper so I can make sure all body panels line up before I tack it on there.
Ever wonder what those super cheap (~$190) FRP OEM replacement bumper covers from Extreme Dimensions actually look like? I hesitate to call it an OEM replacement. It is more like an 'OEM inspired' replacement.
There are no mounting holes, none. The two slits above the main FMIC inlet are not inlets they are depressions and the 'high quality' mesh that came with the piece was very optimistically attempting to redefine the term 'high quality,' so I ditched it.
On the positive side, it does look just like an evo 9 front bumper cover from about 10 feet away. It is MUCH more flexible and resilient than fiberglass and about 30% the cost of a urethane polymer variant.
Big thanks to SSMCL9!
Its much more fun if you can do it on the couch with a beer
(as is most anything else I suppose).
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