A little more progress on my bird this weekend. I chopped off the damaged area of the bumper and welded on the new section, as well as shortened my bumper brackets. I found that I couldn't move the bumper back far enough to where I want it to be, so I shortened it.
I also had a little time this afternoon so I started to install more of the front end. I also got out my stash of front bumpers and decided that I'd try combining the two damaged ones I have to make the one I want, as opposed to cutting up a good usable one. I can always use one of them if I fail in my attempt to combine the two. 2 of them are original 400 bumpers, the other two aren't, but they are original non 400 bumpers. The one has been rechromed and has been drilled out to hold a 400 bumper. The shame is without removing the arrowhead emblem one would never know. Original 400 bumpers have two stamped holes in them for the arrowhead emblem.
I started to assemble the bumper and parts- and will need to modify the holes to make them fit further back so I can get a flush fit.
This weekend I made a little more progress- I was able to finish up trimming my cowl panel by lowering the middle section. It sits pretty well now, and I also installed my bottom most panel (not exactly sure of the name) I didn't like how the factory had it attach on the outside of the lower valence, so I re-engineered it to install on the inside. I also filled in the original bolt holes & redrilled them to fit, as well as widened the panel to fill in the triangular shaped gaps that were there. Then I added a flange to fit along the inner edge and finally welded some nuts on the panel for ease of installation.
So I finally have the hood and fenders in a decent spot, and am onto other panels now. I still have some trim work to add to the passenger fender. I don't like the gap by the rocker panel. I also worked on fitting my cowl panel. I had to fill in some areas on the sides to fill in the gaps. The middle are is still high, I'll need to lower that some and then onto other parts.
These past few weeks I've been messing around with trying to align the body panels to get them to fit easily. who knew it would be so difficult. I think it's worse for me as I'm dealing with all different parts (nothing came form my car) and everything is modified. so many variables...
During all this I distracted myself and drilled out some holes on the underside of my engine hood. I went through several drill bits, hole saws itself, and a lot of sweat (I laid my hood in the back yard and worked under the sun)