SC bumper cover on LX..>SC filled in - TCCoA Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2006, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 39
SC bumper cover on LX..>SC filled in

Hey guys.


Well, today was a beautiful day here, so I figured why not do my ground effects/bumper cover.

My friends are a bunch of smartasses, so rather than hear "but your car isn't a Supercoupe...you're a poser..." what I did was this......

To get rid of the "SC", I scuffed up the indented area with some 80 grit paper. Then I filled it off with bondo, just so that it was about 1/8 of an inch higher than the surrounding area. Then I sanded it smooth with a palm sander, and 80 grit paper. Once it felt smooth, I finish sanded it with a piece of 400 grit paper to get rid of the cuts from the course paper.

This is what it looked like:



Blew off all the dust, and then primed it with just an automotive spray bomb grey.

I gave it about six thin coats to make sure that it coated the filler nicely.



Then...my favorite part......fired up the spray gun. Five coats of Nason later, and this is the end result.



Can't wait to get it on the car tomorrow!
Bill78 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2006, 05:55 PM
Eleventeenth Gear Poster
 
Aaron K.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: SoFla
Age: 37
Posts: 3,067
You don't care that the Thunderbird script is completely off center? That would drive me insane.

Sold = 96 Thunderbird
Aaron K. is offline  
post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2006, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron K.
You don't care that the Thunderbird script is completely off center? That would drive me insane.

Not really, Im thinking about incorporating a "4.6" where the SC was somehow down the road.
Bill78 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2006, 06:29 PM
Seasoned PostWhore

Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Tinton Falls, NJ
Age: 37
Posts: 7,462
Garage
Send a message via AIM to MadMikeyL
Are you sure the bondo is going to hold? I would think bondo would just flake out as soon as the bumper flexes a little. Its too bad you painted it already. Hopefully it will hold up, but if it doesn't, you can get flexible sandable epoxy that is used to repair rubber bumpers and fill it in with that. That's what I used to get rid of the "mercury" in the left corner of my front bumper cover, and it hasn't cracked or anything.

Mike

-91 Cougar LS, coming soon, complete overhaul with a 427" Windsor.
-90 XR7 5-speed black on black w/sunroof, MP2, coated rotors, double intercooler, 15%OD, ported heads, comp stage 1 cam, 85mm TB, 90MM LMAF, 80# injectors, and ported big valve heads
-98 Mark VIII LSC, Procharger P600b, TR3650 swap and 3.73s.
-90 SC Automatic rustbucket winter beater
-97 Tbird Sport 4.6 Nice weather daily driver
-"Your buddy Mike is INSANE!" -ClintD's dad
MadMikeyL is offline  
post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2006, 06:35 PM
Seasoned PostWhore
 
Traveler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Chandler AZ
Age: 56
Posts: 9,165
Garage
Send a message via Yahoo to Traveler
All I'm getting is little red "X"s


1997 Thunderbird Sport
Low Miles
Wifes Car
destined to remain stock

1997 T-Bird GT 4.6
80 MM Mustang GT MAF - P&P'd Mustang GT TB and Intake Plenum - PI Intake manifold - PI Heads
Mark VIII Torque Converter - J-Modded 4R70W transmission - Mark VIII Aluminum Driveshaft - 3.73 gears
PBR Brake Calipers - Eibach Springs - KYB Shocks
'89 SuperCoupe front and rear sway bars
SCT Chip programmed by Lonnie Doll
255/50/16 Falken Ziex ZE-512's
True Dual exhaust with Magnaflow DI/DO muffler
<<< SOLD >>>
Traveler is offline  
post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2006, 06:55 PM
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 811
Man that looks like you did a good job.

Good luck on the bondo....that stuff is only good for very shallow fills.

I ended up using a "rigid" plastic filler on mine. just my $.02
RAYBROADWAY is offline  
post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2006, 07:23 PM
MA Chapter Director

Administrator
 
Rodeo Joe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Franklin, MA
Age: 63
Posts: 7,967
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Traveler
All I'm getting is little red "X"s
I was earlier, now I see them!

Joe

It's not a 97 Sport, it just looks like one!

Mass. TCCoAers, Send me your info!

I buy all my Ford parts from 93 lx.

Member of the TCCoA Damage Control Team.

R.I.P. Johnny Langton 1975 - 2011
Rodeo Joe is offline  
post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2006, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by MadMikeyL
Are you sure the bondo is going to hold? I would think bondo would just flake out as soon as the bumper flexes a little. Its too bad you painted it already. Hopefully it will hold up, but if it doesn't, you can get flexible sandable epoxy that is used to repair rubber bumpers and fill it in with that. That's what I used to get rid of the "mercury" in the left corner of my front bumper cover, and it hasn't cracked or anything.

Mike



People have no faith in bondo, its really not that bad....if used properly on what it is designed for.

If you pile it on thick, especially in a pressure or stressful area, then ya it will crack. The "SC" wasn't all that deep, and I can't see the bumper being all that stressful.

Also, it sucks in water because of the cheap resins used in it, but I don't think that will be a problem given the location.

I use all kinds of fillers daily, boats and canoes are my job, what I have find are the epoxy based fillers, while they are superior, are overpriced and require different finishing procedures than good old car in a can, especially for something like this.

Now, if it was a boat, or even a canoe.....bondo wouldn't even be an option. For light filling though, on something I own.....it should be ok (knocks on wooden computer desk)

If it cracks in a week, I will be a man and come back here and post it.....lol!



Last edited by Bill78; 04-14-2006 at 09:15 AM.
Bill78 is offline  
post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2006, 09:30 PM
Eleventeenth Gear Poster
 
Aaron K.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: SoFla
Age: 37
Posts: 3,067
Aaron K. is offline  
post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2006, 10:41 PM
Seasoned PostWhore
 
jk69cat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: vernon hills, IL
Age: 42
Posts: 5,978
on plastic the bumper repair epoxy is the only thing to use that will stay put that wont crack

64 ford galaxie -FE powered beast!- sleeping giant
69 cougar standard- 347/c6 -efi restomod, heidts prog 4 link heavily modified front, custom strutrods boxed lowers rollerperches 620 lowering springs! meier shock tower brace
96 f150 supercab lifted beast! 351 powered beast
87 shasta roadmaster 29ft travel trailer- pimpdaddy camping!
mn12 less!
jk69cat is offline  
post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2006, 12:03 AM
4th Gear Poster
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: East Prov,R.I
Age: 33
Posts: 296
Send a message via AIM to Stevie G
Stevie G is offline  
post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2006, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by jk89cat
on plastic the bumper repair epoxy is the only thing to use that will stay put that wont crack

Again, it depends on the repair.

My 1992 Taurus SHO is living proof that bondo is fine as long as it is not used in a stressful area.

Five summers ago, a sailboat ran into the front corner of it at my shop. It punched a dirty hole right on the corner of the bumper cover.

I took the cover off, repaired it from the underside using only polyester resin and chopped strand matt, and feathered the edges on the front side using nothing but bondo. Primed/paint, five years later I still see the car and it looks fine.

Also...in that picture that was linked up, you can clearly see how long the crack is, meaning someone has caked on bondo like crazy.....applied it on the surrounding area to the SC. If you put it on like that, of course it will crack, not a question of if, a question of when.

Once again though, if it does crack, I will come back here and eat my words.


*edit* also in that pic linked up, buddy said he was backed into by another car. I don't expect any kind of filler to withstand that kind of impact.
Bill78 is offline  
post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2006, 09:47 AM
PostWhore
 
94t-birdlx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Scituate, RI
Age: 36
Posts: 1,131
Send a message via AIM to 94t-birdlx Send a message via MSN to 94t-birdlx
http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.php?t=43338

If the surface is prepped right then the filler will be alright. I used a bondo filler and when It was hard and sanded I flexed the bumper as much as I could to try and crack it out of the letters but it was in there good. The letters are not very deep at all so it's not like a big glob.

"Technical skill is mastery of complexity while creativity is mastery of simplicity."
94t-birdlx is offline  
post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2006, 10:38 AM
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 451
Nice work, I couldnt of did that...yea you for sure need something to fill that off centerness, doing a 4.6 somehow would rock.
LincolnLSC5pnt0 is offline  
post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2006, 11:16 AM
MAMN12 Posse Member
 
JeffTBird93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Inwood, WV
Age: 35
Posts: 2,903
There was someone around here a few years ago that had incorporated the "GT" lettering from a Mustang bumper cover into an SC bumper cover...looked really sharp.

~Jeff

*signed off
JeffTBird93 is offline  
post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2006, 07:59 PM
Seasoned PostWhore

Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Tinton Falls, NJ
Age: 37
Posts: 7,462
Garage
Send a message via AIM to MadMikeyL
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill78
in that pic linked up, buddy said he was backed into by another car. I don't expect any kind of filler to withstand that kind of impact.
The bumper repair epoxy will withstand getting backed into, or rear ended, or pretty much anything that the original bumper would have withstood. If the bondo works for you, that's great, and I hope you don't end up having to repaint the bumper again, but just for the future, you might want to consider that other stuff. That's all I'm saying.

Mike

-91 Cougar LS, coming soon, complete overhaul with a 427" Windsor.
-90 XR7 5-speed black on black w/sunroof, MP2, coated rotors, double intercooler, 15%OD, ported heads, comp stage 1 cam, 85mm TB, 90MM LMAF, 80# injectors, and ported big valve heads
-98 Mark VIII LSC, Procharger P600b, TR3650 swap and 3.73s.
-90 SC Automatic rustbucket winter beater
-97 Tbird Sport 4.6 Nice weather daily driver
-"Your buddy Mike is INSANE!" -ClintD's dad
MadMikeyL is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TCCoA Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome