I had an accident, and I lost drivers headlamp, bumper cover, grille,
and dented in the hood. I ordered all the parts new from
http://www.partstrain.com , and they came 2 days ago, and since today
was so nice here in upstate new york, I replaced the bumper cover and
headlamps and grille and it was sooo easy.
The question now is wether I should try replacing the hood myself (with
extra hands ofcourse)? I'm going to have it all professionally painted
(the bumper cover and hood came primed), so I can always just pay them
to put it on. The hood itself is still aligned, not crooked or
anything. Even the latch is still in the right spot, just the front
corner got dented in, and it dimpled just above that spot. Seems pretty
straightforward, I can take bolts off at the hinge and rebolt to the
new hood. Only question is the hood lifts where they connect to the
little balls on the hood. The new hood has the balls that look like
they go into a balljoint, and I can't figure out how to remove the
lifts from the old hood. Worse case is I can always just pay $30 and
put in new lifts from advance auto, which would be cheaper than the
shop installing the hood probably but I'd like to save 'em. Any help
would be appreciated.
I'd also like to thank those that helped me a few months ago by
confirming that replacing my grandparents alternator in their '96 olds
regency didn't require removing the engine mounts, etc, like the
mechanic told them.