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6th Gen ('00-'05): 03 SS Front clip whipperjawed

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Old 03-27-2015, 09:53 AM
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Question 03 SS Front clip whipperjawed

I recently bought an 03 SS (cheap) that needs a little work. The car was put into a ditch hard enough that front clip/hood are out of alignment, but not hard enough to buckle any panels. It did tear up the bottom of the front bumper.

The question is, is this something I can tackle myself (I am pretty handy) by loosening fasteners? Is there a subframe the front clip bolts to that might be tweaked? Or, should I bend over and take it to a body shop?

This is the first Monte I have owned newer than 1970, so I am not really all that familiar with them.

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Old 03-27-2015, 03:09 PM
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If its not that bad and you're pretty handy it should be something you could do yourself and save some money. Personally I've not had to tackle this problem yet so keep me updated in case I have to in the future.
 
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Pictures would certainly help. Just saying, .
 
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Old 03-29-2015, 07:33 PM
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As long as the body and subframe have not been tweaked, you should be good to go. I assume it's drivable? If so, how do it drive? Does it veer hard one way or the other?
 
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Old 03-30-2015, 10:06 AM
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It drives and tracks pretty straight. Upon further investigation the front bumper is trashed. Looks like it busted some of the tabs that hold it to the core support. That is the biggest thing I see. The drivers fender is pretty much in line with the hood where it should be. The passenger side is out about 3/4" and appears to have a minor buckle. I am going to see about locating a bumper and go from there. Looks like I need some of the body panel clips as well.
It would be handy if there was someone with one of these close to me in Missouri that I could compare side to side.
 
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My monte's going in the paint booth on the weekend. me and a friend will be taking the whole thing apart and sand blasting the car. i'll have plenty of photos so maybe they'll help.
 
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Tobian46 View Post
My monte's going in the paint booth on the weekend. me and a friend will be taking the whole thing apart and sand blasting the car. i'll have plenty of photos so maybe they'll help.
That would be fantastic!!!!!
 
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