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Old 05-01-2023, 01:29 PM
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I will not knock someone for having a great business strategy - and a monopoly is a fantastic business plan...

My opinion soured on them the first time I went there in the late 1990's - when I felt I got suckered...

They can be a great resource if in a bind, but otherwise I stay clear of them.

As an example, the last time I reached out for pricing (because on occasion, I think to myself "oh, they have to be reasonable on this part - every car has this!"), I was inquiring about buying a rear package tray - the metal rear dash;
To be clear, I did not care which year it was from, because I only cared that the speaker areas were not cut.
They wanted $550cnd for that part out of a car (that was just to buy the part, shipping and tax was extra);
I bought one for $122usd shipped off ebay.

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A no-engine, no-transmission, no-wheel option car.
Quite likely one of few '70 Muncie three speed Formula 400's left.


1991 Grand Am: 14.4 @ 93.7mph (DA corrected) (retired DD, stock appearing)
2009 Cobalt SS: 13.9 @ 103mph (current DD; makes something north of 300hp & 350ft/lbs)

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Old 05-01-2023, 04:05 PM
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jinkies...there can't be that many people restoring f-body's - I wonder how they stay in business

Maybe they hiding bodies for the mob...lol

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Old 05-01-2023, 05:36 PM
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nope, they stay in business because they are the only game in the Edmonton area - if you are fixing an F-body, you HAVE TO go to them.
It's either go to them, or you have to go way out of your way - like to Calgary/Red Deer to find another person (or business) to sell you stuff.

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Quite likely one of few '70 Muncie three speed Formula 400's left.


1991 Grand Am: 14.4 @ 93.7mph (DA corrected) (retired DD, stock appearing)
2009 Cobalt SS: 13.9 @ 103mph (current DD; makes something north of 300hp & 350ft/lbs)
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Old 05-02-2023, 12:56 PM
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found them...two hidden inside the bumper accessible from underneath

That's alotta bolts...jinkies

Now on to the rear...
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Old 05-11-2023, 05:03 PM
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Default got her off..only broke one bolt 😆

that'sa lotta bolts...
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Old 05-11-2023, 05:07 PM
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It was supposed to be an inexpensive DIY project but buddy talked me into sending it to a pro 😚

Calihornia car, after he media blasted the front it had hundreds of cracks filled with old school bondo.

Using the 3m material aforementioned, he was able to get it looking rite again:

Getting it on will be harder than getting it off but that goes w/o sayin...
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Old 06-12-2023, 04:11 PM
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Default after pics...

Just to close this off...looks way better but the front "ears" already cracked a bit again as the wife was holding the bumper as I bolted it back in...natch 😫
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Old 06-12-2023, 06:25 PM
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Looks pretty good.

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Old 06-13-2023, 12:16 PM
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Ya, the black is much blacker - always like that contrast on a white car

He doesn't think it will stand up (because all the cracks) but I'm parking in the shade and hoping for the best...

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Question Bumper ears question

I am in the middle of restoring my 75 front bumper. I used the 3m 05887 I think flexible filler. Not too happy with my new skin job, but time to keep moving on.

The question is, regarding the ears that wrap around the front fenders, I am thinking of shooting some low-expansion foam into them, to add in more stiffness. They seem to want to crack there, and I think this would be an ideal solution to add some heft to those ears.

I would like to know what you all think of this idea. I am not sure if the foam will have a detrimental affect on the poly bumper material

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It's worth a try. Mine has already re-cracked just due to the sun and especially around the "ears" because my two helpers were holding it that way when we were trying to re-mount it.

Sigh...still looking for a better pair but they are unicorns as you know

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Old 06-10-2024, 07:24 PM
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I am in the middle of restoring my 75 front bumper. I used the 3m 05887 I think flexible filler. Not too happy with my new skin job, but time to keep moving on.

The question is, regarding the ears that wrap around the front fenders, I am thinking of shooting some low-expansion foam into them, to add in more stiffness. They seem to want to crack there, and I think this would be an ideal solution to add some heft to those ears.

I would like to know what you all think of this idea. I am not sure if the foam will have a detrimental affect on the poly bumper material
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Looks good from here.

Was it a southern car like mine?

How is the dash?

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Rear qtrs were rotted out, now replaced. Bought a nice bumper from a dude in IL years ago with an amazingly new bumperette as well. Still has shiny steel in it.

The bumper turned out decent, with some scratches, and was chasing high spots and making low spots, amateur!!! LOL

Dash is a 73, car was stolen from me, and got torn up by the perp, F'er. The stealer put in a broken-up used 73 dash into it. Did not know this until I pulled apart my dash. Cut-out for stereo, can't see it, but anyway, broken grab handle, lots of broken screw bosses, and ripped/broke my vacuum to outside vent line (reason I had water in my pass floorboard and hence rotted out, as it always stayed open). Fixed all of them. I used Polyvance to repair sun damaged top, and also the console. Next will be SEM treatment for new back to black. Work to be continued. Awaiting car to go to paint in the shop now. Final primer and sanding are done, waiting for the paint guy to get to it.

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Wait, the car was stolen and you got it back?

That's crazy!

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