I picked up this red Bmw in october of 2012, it was the first European car that I have owned. Ive only owned American vehicles prior.
I swapped a 1987 F-150
Apon driving it for the first time I fell in love with its power and maneuverability, Its fast with its 5 speed manual gearbox. The 3.0L V8 runs great.
(As you can see by the skid marks ^^ )
The car however did have a few issues. Its radio refused to have its security code entered, so I replaced it with an aftermarket.
The power seats adjustment cables were shot and had to be shortened using a technique I found on this site. Once that was fixed, my attention turned towards its rear end.
For such a nice car, it had been involved in an accident prior to my ownership, the rear of the trunk had been smashed in due to a rear end collision.
I don't have a picture of the original damage, those "Bullet holes" were there because we had used a pickup truck with a leaf spring ubolt going through the steel to pull it out to its relative shape, plus alot of rubber hammering and even bigger sledge hammers and a few car jacks. sprayed some cheap red spraypaint ( Its the exact same color) and then it ended up looking like a fat girls bottom. Psshhh
IT felt so WRONG taking a hammer to a BMW.
So after all that, winter came and I brought it into the garage to work on it.
Im not new to the car repair scene and have done a bit of wrenching. I have done some body work before, but nothing this serious. Oh well i'm gonna go all in on this one. So after a trip to the store for some bondo and sand paper. ( And dust masks!, safety first. )
YIKES. "You like this" That's how I rolled for the few months before winter
So down to the nitty gritty, apply bondo, sand, apply, sand, sand, sand. ~6 hours later...
Still looks like ****e.
After ~9 hours, its starting to form together quite nicely
Thats where its at for now, I have new lights on order, should get here in ~two weeks. And im going to be looking into getting a new trunk, this one is warped beyond repair, but it will have to do for now.
Whats your guys opinions on my work so far?