The black paint was peeling on the edges of the grille, making it look yellow in those places. I also decided i did not like the stock chrome look of t... Show morehe middle part of the grille, and I also did not like the gold bowtie.We sanded the whole grille down and repainted it black, using satin black krylon fusion paint. The center part is chrome plated plastic. We sanded the chrome a lot, but it was still a little tricky getting to the paint to stick to it. The bowtie is the only part that was removeable. It is made of clear plastic and we painted it black.This grille looks kind of like the S-10 extreme grill, except for they still have the gold bowtie, plus the body kit. Show Less
We removed the gold "CHEVROLET" letters from the tailgate, and removed the S-10 emblems from the doors. I then took the one S-10 emblem that ... Show moresurvived the removal process, and changed the bowtie from gold to white, and stuck it to the tailgate. Late 90's S-10's have a "chevrolet" emblem in the same location. Show Less
I got this 1994 Subaru Legacy wagon for free from this girl I knew. the car was in excellent shape, except for the engine made this horrible rattling and kn... Show moreocking sound.
What happened to the car was she let some kid change her oil, and he decided he should fill the crankcase up with automatic transmission fluid instead. He also changed the gear lube in the automatic transmission to ATF, just to be consistent.
The car looked pretty good when I was done with it.
The engine had a spun connecting rod bearing, and all the other bearings were also scratched. I lived in this crappy dorm room at the time, and decided to rebuild the engine in there. One of my buddies decided he should also be part of the picture.
I purchased a gasket set from AutoZone, and got new bearings online. I ordered a remanufactured crankshaft set from AutoZone, but after waiting over a month for it, gave up. I returned all the stuff, and bought a good engine from the junkyard for $540. That was about $100 less than fixing the old one. Moral of the story - it may not be worth it to fix your engine... I also replaced the transmission in the car.
After that, everything was good.... The car was like new. I made my girlfriend sell her 2005 Corolla, which she was paying way too much money for. I gave her the Subaru, and she drove it for a few months. Then SMASH!!!!! She wrecked it. So far she has wrecked every car she's ever driven, and she did not treat this one any differently.
One morning, as my girlfriend was leaving our apartment complex, she decided that rather than yielding to traffic, she would just run right into a truck instead.
They were going to tow the car away, but I told them not to, and rented a small garage to park the car in until I figured out what to do.
I took a look at the car, and it was probably totalled. I did not want to take it to the body shop and pay them thousands of dollars and wait months to get the car back. I also didn't want to buy another car. I figured I could probably fix all that.
We went to the junkyard and got a front clip for the Subaru. We also got a hood, fender, radiator, and condenser. I fit what I could inside my Geo Metro, and tied the rest to the roof.
I started by cutting off the mangled part of the car with my sawzall. I cut a similar piece from the donor front clip.
Some more welding...
This stuff actually came out looking ok...
This is the final product. The hood, left fender, and bumper need paint, but the car is no longer smashed. I've never done any collision repair before, so I think I did pretty good for a first time.
I fixed this car in only 4 days. She crashed it on Thursday, and drove it to work on Monday.
I did mess up a little when I first inspected the car. The frame was bent in front of the engine subframe on the passenger side. I did not notice that this had also pulled on the driver's side and bent it a little. As a result, the gap around the driver's side headlight is a little big and looks funny on close inspection. I think if I would have replaced the front clip from strut tower to strut tower, it could have looked like new. Oh well, practice makes perfect... Show Less