I was reading over the thread I started on here and it was full of negativity. I wanted to post something which was more positive and show some of the mods I did to the car. I'm not very good at taking pictures or videos of my projects as I do them, but I hope this thread inspires someone to customize their stuff, their car or add to the car community as a whole.
Truth be told, I have my favorite cars (most of which are Pontiac's), but I can definitly see how someone would love a Honda CRX, Chevrolet Cavalier, Monte Carlo or a Porsche 911 Targa. I don't believe "a car is just a car". At least, I don't want "just a car". Life is too short to sit in a boring 💩 📦 to get me from point "A" to point...whaever.
This thread is about making your car an extension of you. Your car is a starting point. It's a Yellow, Silver, Orange, Black, Red..it's a canvas that you can drive. You get to choose what you do to it. Some people like to go fast, throw their cars through the twisties, or park and show it off....
Anyway, this is what I've done to My Fusion "5". This is the ver first pic I took of the car when it was finally delivered!!!
Before I got to driving it, I wanted to take care of any issues the carmight have had, before I got to driving it. The first thing I needed to address was possible rust issues. These cars are notorious for rust issues in the rockers, in front of the rear wheel. This car looks really nice, but it had this issue. The underside was really scaly witht eh rust problem. This is the good side. I wound up having to cut some of the subframe out and I re-welded in some rectangle bar that I had to halve. Because the holes were below the side skirt, I didn't do much to the rocker. I just cleaned up the rust, welded and sealed / coated this side.
The drivers side was a bigger problem. there was a small rust bubble peeking out from behind the side skirt. After checking it out, a chunk of the car fell off. I wound up having to fabricate a small patch and welded it back in. I literally touched this and it crumbled in my hand. I will readily admit. I am NOT a welder. I'm a Chiropractor who has to grind his welds....a LOT!
Hey! You can see the front wheel for my GTO in the lower right corner!!!! After a TON of cleaning with a an electric wire brush, a dremel and rust removal wheel, I got it all cleaned off. I thien made this patch panel fom some scrap sheet metal. On the right aspect, there is a slightly different lines to the body panel. This took some massaging to get it to line up right.
Like I said, 👆 I'm a grinder...not a welder! After some grinding 👇 a coat of primer.