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Wild Boar Strike!!!! Need opinions on body repair...


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Hello fellow FAQers...

Had a bad night last night when a wild boar ran out of front of me on a rural road. I hit him doing at least 50mph. The damage to the boar was worse than to my car (fatal).

I'm seeking opinions if the front panel is repairable or not.... It's got a pretty good kink in it just above where the driving light used to be. The radiator doesn't seem to have moved back any.

If not, I'd love suggestions on where to find a salvage 74-76 front panel in Central/Southern California....

Thanks for any help or advise you can give me. I'm so bummed.

Patman in Tehachapi

Slightly less stunning 74tii

PS: You can see the "Before" picks in the images taken by Jay at the SoCal Vintage Meet last Saturday....


74 2002tii known as "The Pickle"

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time, patience and finesse and you can reshape the front...aside from your skills and determination, a nose replacement is the only other alternative

i recently started restoring my 69 that had somewhat the same damage, at the same location...i bought a cheap port-a-power and some bondo and spot/skimming putty and after a lot of little steps, got her back in shape


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I'm no expert at all (really a novice on body work), but I have been doing some of my own minor repair and that looks repairable to me.

I would just try to reshape as close as possible by bending, beating, pulling etc. If it didn't push the radiator, I think you are probably structurally okay. Then take your time starting bondo and sand.

It seems like a lot less time and money than replacing.

Like said above, patience is the key to body and paint. It ends up saving a lot of time and frustration in the end.



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"road hog." And now I guess you actually know "when pigs fly."

I had similar damage on my '73, and a local body shop dida great job of pulling out the sheet metal--can't tell there was ever damage there. If the radiator support structure wasn't damaged, I'd pull out the outer nose panel vs replace. Look at the seam where the radiator support panel is folded over the leading edge of the inner fenders. If that flange isn't kinked, there was no movement on the rad panel.

A second option is to find a nose that's damaged elsewhere, and cut out the area that's damaaged on your car, and weld in a good piece. That's still easier than replacing the whole nose.

And BTW, an animal strike is considered a comprehensive claim (vs collision) so a claim won't affect your insurance rates.



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'73 Sahara sunroof-Ludwig-since '78
'91 Brillantrot 318is sunroof-Georg Friederich 
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