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Oops, anybody know of a cheap body shop in IL?

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by affekonig, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. affekonig

    affekonig Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    So, I finally got around to taking care of a couple things on the white Bronco Sunday afternoon and was feeling pretty good about it. One of the things on the list was to replace the driver's side door hinge pins and bushings. Easy enough job, right? I dove in knowing I'd need to cut the old pins out, but not knowing if I could do it with a sawsall. Turns out that I could if I was careful, which I was until the battery died. Wait for recharge... Get back to it and cut the top pin to find out that the bottom half is rusted in place too badly to get out, so I decide to just take the door off. Everything went pretty smoothly from there, besid cutting my head a couple times on the plow joystick bracket. It's a pain in the a$$ to put a door back on yourself, so have a friend around if you ever do it, but after a bunch of swearing and finagling, I got it bolted back up and walked away for a second to relax before I lit the truck on fire. Anybody that was around Chicago on Sunday knows it was the windiest damn day ever, and it grabbed my door and closed it before I'd had a chance to do any kind of aligning. Oops. I went and looked at it and it closed nicely, so I figured it might be ok, but it only opened about an inch before the door hit the fender. Uh oh. I went in through the passenger door to see if I could get to the bolts to pull the door back off. Just the thought of having to pull the door off again had me ready to ghost ride this truck into the forrest, but it go worse when I realized I couldn't get anything in there to take it off anyway. I felt like a teenager on a steroid induced rage trip at this point and I did what I knew I shouldn't and just pushed. Oops.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/papa-bear/2981999634/" title="DSC01116 by affekonig2000, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3001/2981999634_94fd04ee78.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="DSC01116" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/papa-bear/2981142017/" title="DSC01115 by affekonig2000, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3144/2981142017_cb14bfeaaa.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="DSC01115" /></a>

    Please choose your responses wisely, as you could be the next door... Nah, but don't let me have it too hard. It was just one of those days.
  2. fordmstng66

    fordmstng66 Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    Sounds like something i would do. get impatient and just push it open, and cause more work for myself.
  3. the_mayor

    the_mayor Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    Oh you knucklehead!! I've done that before lol. If that ever happens again, instead of pushing the door open, loosen the fender bolts and slide it forward. Might be cheaper to find a door and fender on craigslist or something. Good luck
  4. Danscapes

    Danscapes Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Then what did you do, hit it with a ball pined hammer? Looks like it on the fender. LOL
  5. affekonig

    affekonig Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    Nope, framing hammer.
  6. yearground

    yearground Member
    from muskoka
    Messages: 64

    OJ called...wants to know what happened to his bronc!!!
  7. Novadiecast

    Novadiecast Senior Member
    Messages: 194

    That looks like more than a little push on the door to get it opened. Been there done that. At least you had the guts to post a picture of your mistake. We all get frustrated at times I am sure.
  8. crew cuts

    crew cuts Junior Member
    from Omaha
    Messages: 21

    Oh man that sucks. I did that with my mustang. Definitely an easy mistake to make.
  9. TEX

    TEX Senior Member
    Messages: 606

    that ---- will buff out. "joe dirt"
  10. affekonig

    affekonig Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    Yeah, it went right past little push to put-my-shoulder-in-it push. I have to teach myself this lesson every once in a while: relax. "I got a name for that car: Rusty..." I'll try the buff approach this weekend and see where that gets me. I have a feeling the part of the fender I trimmed off with the sawsall isn't going to grow back though.
  11. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,252

    I usually take all my trucks/cars to Spring Hill Auto Body & Spring Hill Ford.