View Full Version : my exhaust + body work story (not related to the recent accident!).

El Gato Liso
04-04-2008, 03:17 AM
my car is horrible in terms of body. (a bit more worse because of the accident recently)
but thats just body work, and the body doesnt affect the way my car drives (and im talking about normal street driving, handling etc. nothing with drag or draft or shit like that)

no way in hell it would pass safety. so i had to get shit done.

got it quoted @ 900$ with a "maxbimmer" discount included.
i didnt know what to say but thanks, and i decided bun that ill take matters into my own hands.
i went to canadian tire that same day, got metal, rivets, and buddy.

it was cold outside and i had a cold. but it had to be done if i wanted the car on the road.

it was done. it looks like it was rushed. and really i just wanted it done because i was feeling sick and i didnt want to be in the cold.

so i got it done and painted too. hmm it looked rather decent considering my inexperience and the conditions i was doing it in.

there was more body work on the back valence. silly me though that it was its own part attached to the car. well that hole went straight into the trunk, and the mechanic told me thats a nono and that it has to be a metal job.

i bought me some galvonized metal, more rivets, and more puddy. (i got the stronger metal because it was the battery well i had to cover up, there was a hole right through the entire compartment!)

i got that job done, and it looked pretty decent. again it was chilly and i was sick, so i never bothered to sand it down and paint.

it was really hard working witht he puddy (bondo) in the cold. it didnt even harden so i had my moms blow dryer on it. it just needed a lot of time really to harden.

after all my work, it passed safety. then i thought "Damnit robin you're damn good!" *mee thinking to mysefl*

heres the original damage.

a working progress. new metal put in

another view of the metal in

the puddy (which never actually hardened till the following day)

the end result! (going to re puddy this and smooth it out this time.)

AND me being my obnoxious self after doing the job. i felt like being an import model..................

after all this craziness, i did a quick clip of my ehxaust on the bim
dual pipes that for a Y shape at the end, going into the muffler.
please mind the noise from under the bonnet. i think my water pump needs replacing. and the squeeling...dont mind those battle cries.

04-04-2008, 03:38 AM
Nice work, looks a hell of a lot better now than the first picture! Sometimes it pays off just to try n do you own thing! If you spend more time on it the next time you redo it, I think it results will be a lot better.

and uhhmmm, if I need a model for my car I'll... keep you in mind :huh?:

04-04-2008, 09:09 AM
good job homie..............the pose is killer though.....lol.

now that you have some expierance your gonna have to come over for sure when i do my car!!!!

04-04-2008, 10:00 AM
Sorry dude.. but that looks horrible. You should have atleast cut out the rusty areas and then sand down to bare metal, Putty, sand and then por15 the snot out of it. So the rust doesnt come back.
"do it once, do it right"

04-06-2008, 10:54 PM
If you're going to spend an afternoon doing it, you might as well do it right and remove the rust. No sense doing all that work only to guarantee that it will be back, and in greater numbers.

No, I did not just quote Obi Wan Kenobi....



OK, so I did.

04-07-2008, 01:17 AM
good job on trying +1 for that.. but like others have said at least cut out and sand the shit out of the metal.. i had the same situation with my old civic. the shop quoted me somthing redicules and i just hit up home depo and did an at home job myself then painted the whole car tremclad flat black

04-07-2008, 01:59 PM

Nice try for a first attempt! At least you're busting your knuckles and trying to learn.

I gotta say though, $900 is CHEAP if that includes repairing all that rust!

04-07-2008, 03:00 PM
nice work, it looks better than before, thats for sure

it should be a killer ride once everything is done