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Old 03-22-2017, 10:29 AM   #1
RedDawn
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Custom Bodywork

Whats up everybody? I'm new to this forum, and so I thought I'd share my first build, which is an 99 323i, and knowledge which such like minded enthusiast. I bought this car with a few dings in it, but I studied auto collision and repair technology at New England Institute of Technology, but I only finished a little more than half of school...which should be all I need to know anyways...the fundamentals. So here I've posted the dents and the front bumper I've been working on and I'll be adding daily (hopefully) the work I'm doing and how to do such work. Along with the bumper, after I get it on, I will be widening the front and rear fenders along with cutting out the rear wheel well to make it match up with the front wheel well. Has anyone seen how ugly this car looks from the side? The rear wheel wells should be same size or bigger and then have a rear diffuser! Well anyways, enough talk here's what I've been doing.
In the first attachment is the section I'm going to cut out and move up for a bigger wheel well, The others are the small dings and blemishes I will be fixing, and I think I'm going to paint it single stage black and give it ...I forget what it's called but the chameleon affect accents...i.e. grille,...not sure what else yet but next post will be the bumper
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Old 03-22-2017, 10:55 AM   #2
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Bumper

So what I did hear was I cut along the line in the bumper with a sawzall blade by hand and then taped measured pieces of cardboard to the inside rear of the bottom piece. I then cut pieces of fleece and glued it to the cardboard before applying the resin and letting it cure. After letting it cure I reinforced the backside (where the cardboard was before I removed it) with fibers and more resin, I'm going to head downstairs and check it out now, and hopefully put this bumper back to one piece.
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Old 03-22-2017, 11:31 AM   #3
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Re-Attaching the bumper

So I used an object (not pictured) to hold the bottom piece (its on top in the photos) up while I took cut out 4"x4" squares of fibers and used resin to reinforce the back part. Once the backside is reinforced I will then go ahead and start the front, creating a strong bond, just doing one side isn't good enough...well not for me anyways. Do this reinforcing for both sides, but don't worry about sanding it, no ones going to see it anyways, unless you want to, but the front part, well obviously that needs to be sanded to perfection, I will keep you guys posted as soon as I get this thing attached and start getting this thing ready so I can prime it hopefully tomorrow, maybe the day after, we'll see how things go, and soon as the bumper is back on I can start the dents and the widening of the fenders.
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Old 03-23-2017, 05:37 PM   #4
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So now that both sides are firmly attached I just mount the bumper back up, no bolts to see how she looks, I think she looks pretty good, so now I'll start fiberglassing the front to sand it all down and make everything flush before priming.
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