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DWA! Project Car / 1985 Porsche 944 / Front Euro Bumper

Lane SkeltonComment
DWA! Project Car / 1985 Porsche 944 / Front Euro Bumper
 Euro bumper installed and ready for paint

Euro bumper installed and ready for paint

About four months ago I hit a deer, damaging the hood, passenger fender, headlight and nose panel. I took this opportunity to pick up a 924 turbo hood, and a Euro front bumper.

 Deer Damage with 924 turbo hood and US bumper

Deer Damage with 924 turbo hood and US bumper

I purchased thw bumper from a member on rennlist.com, and bekng that the bumper came from England, all of the hardware was rusty. I was able to get most of the screws out, but three of them were extremely stubborn and I ended up having to drill them out. The bumper also had a crack, and the black bumperettes were in bad shape. I fixed the crack with some fiberglass  filled the holes for the headlight washers and decided to eliminate the light surrounds and bumperettes. To eliminate the surround, I had to fill a few holes and make a filler panel next the the turn signals. I made this panel out of some scrap carbon fiber I had lying around. I had planned to screw it on using the existing holes, but I had to destroy the threads getting the rusty bolts out, so I wound up bonding it to the bumper with expoxy, and blended it in using a fiberglass bondo.  

After about 20 hours of work, the bumper is finally ready for paint. I still need to detail the lights, get new stainless hardware and wire the driving lights, but the bodywork is done. I know that I put waybto much time and thought into this project, but these are the most satisfying car projects for me. I think the outcome will speak for itself and these little details make my 944 stand out feom the crowd.

 The way the bumper arrived

The way the bumper arrived

 Before and after the carbon fiber filler panel

Before and after the carbon fiber filler panel

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