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cmm324
09-16-2010, 07:44 AM
Hey guys, I have to straighten out the radiator support on my Subaru Legacy in order to get the headlights and hood to sit right. I don't have experience doing this nor do I have the tools, but it needs to get done. I was hoping someone would have metal working hammers and dollies that I could possibly borrow. If you were willing to help too, I would be glad to offer beer and food.

I am in Prairie Village right near 75th and State line. Thanks, Chris.

VF34RX
09-16-2010, 09:26 AM
A block of wood and a small hammer should do the trick unless you have some major bends in it. Post up a couple pics so we have an idea of what you need.

cmm324
09-16-2010, 10:52 AM
When I go home for lunch I will upload some pictures, I have moved it enough to get the hood latch to match up with the hook, but the hood does not sit flush, in fact its higher on the passenger side than the drivers side. In the process of trying to move it, I twisted the support a little bit and need to reshape it some.

Crispy
09-16-2010, 11:14 AM
http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Hand-Tools-Hammer-Mallets-Sledges/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xjlZaqub/R-100387770/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

VF34RX
09-16-2010, 11:23 AM
http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Hand-Tools-Hammer-Mallets-Sledges/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xjlZaqub/R-100387770/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Yes that fixes a wide variety of things from a stubborn nail to a woman who burnt dinner. :hiding:

cmm324
09-16-2010, 11:28 AM
http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Hand-Tools-Hammer-Mallets-Sledges/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xjlZaqub/R-100387770/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Yes that fixes a wide variety of things from a stubborn nail to a woman who burnt dinner. :hiding:

LOL Thanks for the community support. :lol:

Crispy
09-16-2010, 11:40 AM
How much work did you have to put in to get it straight enough for the latch to line up? That think looked pretty tweaked when I saw it out at Pete's. Good work getting that far. As that car gets more of the love it needs it's going to become more and more ridiculous how cheap you got it.

cmm324
09-16-2010, 01:54 PM
How much work did you have to put in to get it straight enough for the latch to line up? That think looked pretty tweaked when I saw it out at Pete's. Good work getting that far. As that car gets more of the love it needs it's going to become more and more ridiculous how cheap you got it.

I wrapped a tow rope around a tree and put the car in reverse to get it that far... :lol:

The car is coming along. Got the windshield replaced, the bumper attached so it is more flush with the fenders. Was tipped off of the arrival of a 97 outback with the same paint color at the junkyard and got the headlights, grill, hood latch, radiator fans, hood and rear leather seats for $170. :D

Here is a pic of the radiator support.

VF34RX
09-16-2010, 02:53 PM
That should be fairly easy to get the radiator support to straighten out. Now the drivers side headlight would be a pain. It looks like there are creases in the metal.

cmm324
09-16-2010, 03:11 PM
Yea it was the section that had the most damage. I think I need some real tools or know how to get the rest of it as close to correct as possible.

Zero1
09-16-2010, 03:15 PM
It's a shame you don't have a BP cause I'm selling my front end :P

ndwolfwood
09-16-2010, 06:43 PM
get you a small hand torch...heat up the metal a little...straighten away, i would only imagine it was way worse before you started...usually in that case its almost easier to buy a new core support if you can find it but it looks like you are working some voodoo magic...keep it goin lol

cmm324
09-16-2010, 07:09 PM
get you a small hand torch...heat up the metal a little...straighten away, i would only imagine it was way worse before you started...usually in that case its almost easier to buy a new core support if you can find it but it looks like you are working some voodoo magic...keep it goin lol

Ooo a torch, thats a good idea. From what I can tell it would be an extreme amount of work to replace the support as it stretches from top to bottom and is welded on the sides behind the quarter panels. Considering I paid $600 for the car, thats not the type of job I want to tackle... :D

ndwolfwood
09-17-2010, 10:51 AM
i hear ya...when using a torch make sure not to leave it on too long or you will bubble paint

cmm324
09-17-2010, 11:05 AM
i hear ya...when using a torch make sure not to leave it on too long or you will bubble paint

Heh, I would rather have the hood sit straight than worry about bubbling the paint on a part under the hood ;)

But I will certainly keep that in mind.

pnasmith
09-17-2010, 03:39 PM
i hear ya...when using a torch make sure not to leave it on too long or you will bubble paint

A heat-gun might be a little easier to control the heat with, as well as discoloring/charring the parts less. I know you said under-hood paint is not a concern, but just a thought.

Pete

cmm324
09-17-2010, 03:42 PM
Anyone have a heat gun or torch I could borrow for the weekend? The bulk of my tools are still in Buffalo :(

pnasmith
09-17-2010, 03:56 PM
I have a torch head and MAP gas if you want to go that rout, I'll be home tonight.

Pete

cmm324
09-17-2010, 04:35 PM
I have a torch head and MAP gas if you want to go that rout, I'll be home tonight.

Pete

PM'd.

pnasmith
09-18-2010, 12:31 AM
I have a torch head and MAP gas if you want to go that rout, I'll be home tonight.

Pete

PM'd.

PMd back.

Pete

cmm324
09-19-2010, 07:37 PM
Hey guys,

So I am done and want to know what you guys think.

Pete: I ended up poking into harbor freight on the way to my daughters gymnastic class Saturday and found a heat gun for $12, but I ended up not even using it. :P

Before:
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Ew9xGKu0PJE/TJaq_euN34I/AAAAAAAABZE/HoGUeZ456Bc/s800/scubi%20004.JPG

After:
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Ew9xGKu0PJE/TJaq_77ScdI/AAAAAAAABZI/71wX775nHz8/s800/2010-09-19_18-47-29_84.jpg
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_Ew9xGKu0PJE/TJarAHmiXgI/AAAAAAAABZM/X9habUOE-k0/s800/2010-09-19_18-47-42_347.jpg
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_Ew9xGKu0PJE/TJarA2LCFTI/AAAAAAAABZQ/7rL0F6QQ3q0/s800/2010-09-19_18-48-10_714.jpg
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_Ew9xGKu0PJE/TJarBEUDAiI/AAAAAAAABZU/27OOVEIOUes/s800/2010-09-19_18-48-35_949.jpg

scooby_rex
09-19-2010, 07:40 PM
booo for small pics! 800x600 pixels is fine and not too big

cmm324
09-19-2010, 07:43 PM
booo for small pics! 800x600 pixels is fine and not too big

I fixed it and put the 800px images in. I accidentally grabbed the link for the 144px ones. :(

scooby_rex
09-19-2010, 07:51 PM
booo for small pics! 800x600 pixels is fine and not too big

I fixed it and put the 800px images in. I accidentally grabbed the link for the 144px ones. :(

much better! :)

the lines dont look too bad either, the headlight could be lined up better, but it's a big improvement from what it was before

who needs perfection on a car that was less than a grand anyways :lol:

cmm324
09-19-2010, 08:08 PM
My thoughts exactly. I bought the car for $600 and invested $400 into it. It drives well and gets me to work and back again. :D

Crispy
09-20-2010, 09:48 AM
Well done man. Doesn't even look like the same car.

VF34RX
09-20-2010, 10:47 AM
Awesome! Glad you got it worked out.

pnasmith
09-20-2010, 03:30 PM
Well done!

Pete