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calmb4dastorm
04-29-2006, 05:06 AM
I've got this 1999 Hyundai Tiburon that apparently got into a fender bender with the previous owner. I would give it to a shop but I'm a little poor. Also, I'm looking into getting into this line of work, but I'm unable to go to school. I'm poor... :( If anybody can offer some suggestions, that would be great.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/calmb4dastorm/IM000639.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/calmb4dastorm/IM000641.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/calmb4dastorm/IM000643.jpg

Thank you

calmb4dastorm
04-29-2006, 05:10 AM
Here's a pic of the driver's side fender. The passenger's side fender looks similar. Ignore the hood.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e286/calmb4dastorm/New%20car%20pics/Jasoncarpics2014.jpg

Phil V
04-29-2006, 09:12 AM
Pull the front bumper off and you will find that either the bumper reinforcement is bent downward or the front frame horns are bent down a little. What that looks like to me is the car was in a fender bender and some one/some shop cobbled the repair (did a really poor job). Apparently the hood and drivers side fender was replaced but the hood hinges were never straightened. I can't figure out why the front part of the wheel opening lip on the drivers side fender is disfigured.

MARTINSR
04-30-2006, 09:33 AM
Unfortunetly it may have been more than a fender bender. You need to open that hood and look at the inner fenders as well, see if they look like they have been worked on (notice I didn't say "repaired", this car was never "repaired, only "worked on"). Look right where the inner fenders attach to the shock towers, if they look like they were wrinkled up there, it took a pretty hard hit. How about the air bags? Does the light operate properly on the dash? It should come on when you start the car and then go out after a few seconds after the motor is running.

To me, this car was hit pretty good, all the front sheetmetal was replaced and as Phil pointed out, it is obvious the frame rails are still down.

In other words they put siding on an old rotted house to make it look good. Speaking of that, cute neighborhood you live in, looks a lot like mine.

Brian

calmb4dastorm
05-02-2006, 11:04 PM
Thanks for the complement.

As for the rest... It all bums me out. But... At the same time, I'm not entirely surprised.

Any suggestions on how I can repair the damage without taking it to a shop?

Or maybe a good reliable shop in Northern California I can take the Tib to that won't charge me an arm and a leg?

I reside in Vacaville (if that helps)

Also, (as far as automotive know-how) I only have a year of high school Auto Shop experiance (not that it includes auto body repair). I'm super willing to learn tho. I've been watching those DIY car shows since I was 12 (I'm 20 now).

Thanks guys.

---Jason

MARTINSR
05-03-2006, 12:29 AM
Vacaville huh? I spent a lot of time there about a hundred years ago, my first wifes sister lives there.

I don't know of any shops anywhere near you to recommend. But bring it by one and have them take a look at it. Tell us what they say.

Brian