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So I posted a couple of weeks ago about my new project. I was looking for the entire radiator core support assembly. This is a 2005 GT which my boss gave to me after it sat in his driveway for 5 years under a tarp. He rear-ended an SUV so the front end was damaged but the engine still ran. Well, up until about 3 years ago. Here is my progress so far:
New injectors, fuel pump, fuel filter, got radiator, core support, and fenders.
I removed all spot welds to get damaged core support off and I'm currently prepping salvage yard support to be welded in.
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Nice to see a car get saved. I repaired an '04 convertible with basically the same damage a couple years ago. Not particularly difficult but hugely time consuming. Keep up the good work!
 

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So I posted a couple of weeks ago about my new project. I was looking for the entire radiator core support assembly. This is a 2005 GT which my boss gave to me after it sat in his driveway for 5 years under a tarp. He rear-ended an SUV so the front end was damaged but the engine still ran. Well, up until about 3 years ago. Here is my progress so far:
New injectors, fuel pump, fuel filter, got radiator, core support, and fenders.
I removed all spot welds to get damaged core support off and I'm currently prepping salvage yard support to be welded in.
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Nice to see a car get saved. I repaired an '04 convertible with basically the same damage a couple years ago. Not particularly difficult but hugely time consuming. Keep up the good work!
How did it come out!? I’d love to see a pic. And yes, very time consuming but for me, that’s what makes it fun.
 

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It turned out great. Had less than 60k on it when the previous owner drove it under the back end of a pickup. The driver's side front corner took the brunt of the damage. I bought a parts car and transferred over the rad support, left inner fender apron, some under hood parts and all of the front end body panels except for the right fender. Fortunately, the damage was all above the bumper beam so I didn't have to mess with the frame rails. I probably didn't earn much more than minimum wage for my time but I learned a lot. If I can find a nice S197 GT500 or Boss 302 with similar damage for the right price, I would definitely do it again.
 

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Curious. Was this vehicle declared a total loss by the insurance company? Or there was no insurance company involved, and your boss just park it after the accident?
 
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Please do paint that red radiator core support before you put it in. It clashes real bad against the silver. For a quick/easy/cheap refinishing I would give it a washing and then take a scotch bright and go over the whole thing with it, wash it again, and then spray it with gray primer and a rattle can or two of color match paint. They sell the color match in larger rattle cans not just the small ones.
 

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Make sure that you drain the fuel tank and flush out the fuel rails, supply and return lines. Old ethanol gas absorbs water then turns to shellac- will destroy the engine. Don't ask me how I know...
 

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Curious. Was this vehicle declared a total loss by the insurance company? Or there was no insurance company involved, and your boss just park it after the accident?
No insurance company involved. My boss knew he was at fault and paid out.

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Please do paint that red radiator core support before you put it in. It clashes real bad against the silver. For a quick/easy/cheap refinishing I would give it a washing and then take a scotch bright and go over the whole thing with it, wash it again, and then spray it with gray primer and a rattle can or two of color match paint. They sell the color match in larger rattle cans not just the small ones.
Yes sir. Absolutely. That is the plan. I was just mocking it up to make sure everything lines up. Trust me, I do plan on cutting corners. Again, this is my first real project (I’ve built motorcycles before but never a car) so all comments are more than welcome.

Make sure that you drain the fuel tank and flush out the fuel rails, supply and return lines. Old ethanol gas absorbs water then turns to shellac- will destroy the engine. Don't ask me how I know...
Thanks Yadkin, that’s the first thing I did. And yes, the fuel smelled terrible. What was a pain is that it had almost a full tank. I purchased a harbor freight fluid pump and emptied it out and did as you said. With fresh gas, it fired right up.
 

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So I posted a couple of weeks ago about my new project. I was looking for the entire radiator core support assembly. This is a 2005 GT which my boss gave to me after it sat in his driveway for 5 years under a tarp. He rear-ended an SUV so the front end was damaged but the engine still ran. Well, up until about 3 years ago. Here is my progress so far:
New injectors, fuel pump, fuel filter, got radiator, core support, and fenders.
I removed all spot welds to get damaged core support off and I'm currently prepping salvage yard support to be welded in.
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Best of luck! Hope it’s coming a long fine. It’s gonna be a treat once you’re done putting it back together
 

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Thank you. I’m learning a lot about the car as I go. Since that radiator mounting bracket isn’t welded in yet, and I have the radiator out I have access to the whole front of the engine. So, right now the plan is to replace the timing chains, guides and phasers and a performance cam. I just need to figure out what I can get, along with a tuner that keeps me CARB compliant since I live in CA.
 
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