View Full Version : Ghosty was busted... but look!

09-15-2007, 02:39 AM
btw 56k warn... but is anyone still on that?

When your parents are getting a divorce, when you're rushing to get back to your hometown to straighten things out, and when you're itching to get back to your girlfriend to do something Rated-X, the last thing you need is an accident in your beloved celica.

But when I pulled up to a stop sign, lost track of the car ahead of me that ran past the white line but stopped for traffic (conveniently out of view), and gunned it right into their rear bumper, well... it sucks.


... the headlights still popped open, parking lights still glowed, and indicators still blinked. But what's to do about this exposed metal? Can't just let it rust away. But also can't afford a new fender. You've got 48 hours to make the best of what your garage has to offer. What to do...


Crappy Auto Zone stuff to the rescue!


I figured I probably didn't have the time, funds, materials, or the skill to pull off an entire fender. My primary purpose was to get the bare metal covered, while aesthetics were secondary.

So, I masked off a section that seemed like it would make the most sense. I masked off the front bumper, and I also masked it off at a point where the metal bent.

Ironically, this bend seemed to section off the fender to where an operation such as this would look half-decent.


There were a lot of sharp corners created from the denting, not to mention a surface unsuitable to paint. But body filler can help.


You've really got to watch what you're doing with the filler. Dries fast, and if you're trying to work it over corners, and all the divots just make it hard to get the filler on- didn't have the right tools to adapt to the tight corners, it created pinholes. You can't sand out pinholes, because you just end up sanding it down to the metal. And that defeats the purpose of the filler.


But I marched on, because there's no turning back. I finished covering the section with filler.


Then there was sanding. Lots of sanding.

A lot of sanding.

And more sanding.

And even more sanding. First with a power sander (probably had too fine of a grit), to get the valleys and hills on a level. Then, by hand, with decreasing coarseness of sandpaper. I don't remember the exact grit, but I think the operation went something like 80 / 300 / 700 / 1000 / 1500.

Don't have pics of those results, but the next thing I did was lay down the primer sealer, then after an hour, the primer itself.


Then, sanding of the primer, fine grit, and then the real stuff...


Let it dry, and it's done.


Ok, so maybe it's not the most attractive paint job, but that really wasn't the point. Like I said, I had 48 hours to get this done. Didn't want to take fender off and try to hammer it out, because I didn't have experience in that, and didn't want to bend it out of shape.

So, $50 in materials and 32 hours after starting, a car that's not going to rust as bad. And if you can see it in person, it's definitely looking better than it was before.

In the future, there will be a new fender. And a CS front bumper. And a CF - GT-Four hood (vent, not scoop), custom rear diffuser, a front splitter, alloy 16s, coilovers, poly bushings, four wheel discs with 4-piston calipers, and a built 3.0L 1MZ-FE turbocharged to 20lbs.

But, for now, I have a painted fender.

In hindsight:

1) Better tools to work with the body filler, i.e. more variety of spatulas.
2) A little accelerant in the Bondo goes a long ways.
3) Make better use of the power sander, buy it a wider variety of sanding pads. It is your friend.
4) Use a block when hand-sanding. No block=uneven filler = bumpy looking paint.


5) Watch out for assholes that may park their car past the white line and out of view.

09-15-2007, 02:43 AM
lol. Looks the the spanish cars i see around here with the same body work.

But is a temporary fix and thats good in my book. Make sure you save up to get it fixed officially.

09-15-2007, 02:49 AM
lol. Looks the the spanish cars i see around here with the same body work.

But is a temporary fix and thats good in my book. Make sure you save up to get it fixed officially.

How dare you mock my Mexican heritage!!!!

09-15-2007, 02:55 AM
I would have shot coat of primer.

Chaos met a guardrail in a rather violent manner over a year ago. I have driven her complete with NASCAR style smashed nose since. When I can fix it right, I will.

IMO you used too much bondo. That will weigh a lot and eventually crack and fall out. But I understand you don't want your fender to rust away while you are waiting for a new one.

Sucks to hear about everything. I hope everyone is better in the end.

09-15-2007, 03:14 AM
The thing is, I sanded off a lot of bondo, and in some spots to the point where it got to the bare metal. I just don't have the picture of that.

I had a tough time judging exactly how much to leave on. Is it just supposed to be a dusting?

And that sucks about Chaos- how long did it take to get everything back to spec?

09-15-2007, 03:27 AM
sucks that you wrecked it.

09-15-2007, 04:37 AM
I but several hundred in new parts under her, but I still drive her with body damage. Form over function. It has it's benefits too, you don't worry about door dings in a parking lot for instance.

I just bought a new set of corners, but I still need fenders.