Same, now that I think of it, may have been cause I was on the work computer that there was an issue.
Hoping to God that's the problem lol.
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This past weekend, work was cancelled for me because of fixes / renovations being done to the building I work in. With no work, I decided to get in my car and just drive around Kansas. It’s something I like to do when I’ve got a day to myself, with no obligation to do anything or be anywhere. I’ve put a shitload of miles on my daily driver over the years because of this.
My driving around last weekend took me to a small town called Independence, KS which is in the southeastern end of Kansas and about 3 hours south of where I live. I was minding my own business, driving around, admiring the scenery of the town and everything. Just as I was about to drive out of Independence, this thing sitting near a little run-down motel-like apartment complex caught my eye.
“HOLY HORSE SHIT!!!” I thought to myself. “A black Mustang just like mine! Looks like it’s been sitting back there for years!” I pulled up to the car, looked around / inspected it, and learned a few things about it:
1) The car wasn’t originally black. The underside of the hood, the rest of the engine bay, and the insides of the doors were yellow, so the whole thing was probably originally yellow way back in the day.
2) The car was a 1995 V6 auto Mustang with 138,000 miles on it. Supposedly, it was parked due to transmission issues.
3) The body was pretty beat up, the windshield was smashed, and the paint job was pretty shitty.
4) The interior was filled with junk, and quite a few of the interior parts themselves were missing.
5) Like the interior, there were also quite a few under hood parts missing too.
6) The plate had a 2014 tag on it, so the car itself hadn’t been on the road in over 2 years.
So yeah, that 1995 Mustang I found was pretty worthless sitting the way it was. However, it had one part on it that wasn’t missing or messed up in some way, and it’s the only body part that my 1994 Mustang is missing. THE FRONT BUMPER!!!
I never got a good picture of it, but that bumper I pulled off of my car 2½ years ago was torn and fucked up due to a little deer hit-and-run. For some stupid reason, I decided to junk the thing instead of fix it. Ever since junking that ripped up bumper, I’ve DREADED the day that I’d have to go out and try to find one that looked like the rest of my car (old, worn out, shitty black paint), but wasn’t structurally damaged somehow.
As luck would have it though, the front bumper on that 1995 Mustang I found in Independence was PERFECT. The black paint on it was shitty. The clear coat on it was shitty. The paint itself had all sorts of chips, cracks, scratches, scrapes, and scuffs on it from years and years of abuse. Yet somehow, even though it was pretty beat up, the bumper itself was completely intact (structurally speaking, that is).
With that in mind, I set out to find the owner of that 1995 Mustang. Thankfully, I found the car’s owner in the apartment complex where I found the car. Oddly enough, this 1995 Mustang owner lady had the exact same first name as the name of the lady I bought my 1994 Mustang from back in 2014. Weird. Anyway, I offered to pay her for the bumper, but to my surprise, she said that I could just take it for free since I offered to pay for it instead of stealing it. Plus, the car that the bumper was attached to was just worth absolutely nothing, so she saw no point in making someone pay money for a simple little body part off of it. That was too nice of her.
With my limited amount of tools on hand, I had that bumper off pretty quickly, and made sure to put the headlights and everything else back exactly how I found it. I would’ve taken that headlight panel off too, but the middle part of it where the little pony emblem mounts to was broken off. Plus, I kinda destroyed it by taking the front bumper off of it lol.
Loaded the bumper up in the old daily driver Volvo, and made my way back home.
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Some better pics of the bumper itself and the condition it’s in.
These little studs use nuts to secure the sides of the bumper to the front fenders (you can also see that this bumper was neither black nor yellow originally WTF).
Most of the time (like when I took the torn bumper off of my car) those bumper-to-fender studs are all rusted up and snap in half when you take the nuts off. Thankfully the studs on this new-ish bumper weren’t all too rusty and didn’t snap off on me (having WD40 with me didn’t hurt either).
The baked clear coat on this bumper looks exactly like the baked clear coat on my car.
The pic might not show it too well, but this bumper’s got plenty of wear and tear on it, which matches the rest of the car that it’s going on to.
Another shot of the exposed original paint on the bottom of the bumper.
Seems like the bumper was patched sometime in the past. Oh well, doesn’t matter to me.
After getting the bumper, I bought a new headlight panel and the little pony grill emblem to complete the front end of my car (minus the headlights).
The headlight panel, from Late Model Restoration, didn’t have the nice fit and finish that I remember the OEM headlight panel having. But, that’s to be expected with pretty much any aftermarket body part for any car.
This pony grill emblem is also from Late Model Restoration (sold under the name of Daniel Carpenter Restoration) and it looks very nice. It even came with the torx screws needed to mount it to the headlight panel.
Should be able to put this front bumper and stuff on some time soon.
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Got around to putting the front bumper on yesterday.
As I expected, the headlight panel I bought from Late Model Restoration didn’t fit quite right on my car. Sure, the pony grill emblem bolted right on and the attachments on each edge of the headlight panel to the fenders lined up.
But the problems I had were where the headlight panel bolts onto the core support. The bolt holes (or slots I should say) there just didn’t quite line up right. They took a little bit of “massaging” to line up, but even then, the bolts just didn’t completely go on exactly perfectly.
As for the bumper itself, it went on without too much trouble. The tabs / tongues that go into the bottom of the headlight panel were right on. The studs that go into the fenders were right on. The push pin holes that hold the bottom of the bumper to the bottom of the core support were right on (bought some new push pins for that too).
Couldn’t find any of those plastic body pins that were big and long enough (lol dat means two tings lol) to fasten the top of the bumper to the top of the headlight panel. So I put through-bolts through it.
The plastic nuts that help fasten the back ends of the bumper to the bottom of the fenders were missing from my car, so I through-bolted them as well.
Did my best to put the inner fender liners back in (dusty since they’ve been in a barn for 2 years lol). You can also see where that through-bolt is at the back end of the bumper (left end of the pic).
Another thing to be expected with probably just about any bumper replacement. The bumper-to-fender gaps aren’t quite straight on both sides of my car. But then again, the whole thing looks like an open autopsy, so who gives a shit?
And just like that, my car’s got a (ugly) face again! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the wear, tear, and shitty-ass paint on that front bumper matches the rest of the car PERFECTLY!
This is a HUGE milestone for my car! Because as I mentioned before, I thought that finding a front bumper like this (black, worn out, and beat up without any rips, tears, or holes) was going to be a COMPLETE PITFA for me to do. Probably about 90% or so of the 94-98 Mustang front bumpers in junkyards are either structurally damaged somehow or completely missing altogether. Plus, there are never really any people in my area selling 94-98 Mustang front bumpers on E-bay or Craigslist. So finding that perfect black front bumper in Independence, KS FOR FREE was an EXTREME stroke of luck for me.
Still waiting and saving up money to bolt the engine and transmission together.