Thursday, April 1, 2010

Today, I am in the process of straightening the bumper.

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As you can see, there is a large dent right in the center. I noticed this morning that it was more pliable than it had been due to the temperature going up. So I consulted with some experts on the matter, who advised that I make a form of wood, to hold the desired shape, while I applied heat. I couldnt think of a gentle enough heat source, as I only really have a propane blowtorch, or maybe a hairdryer. Then I realized the easiest way, right in front of me:

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Solar power to the rescue! I once checked the temp in there at something like 115 F with the doors closed on a hot day. I closed the doors, let the heat built up (briefly!) and the plastic was soft like a rubber tire. I proceeded with the form, clamping it tightly.

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The bumper is now shaped almost perfectly. Thank you to the experts who encouraged me in this regard! Thats what makes this place so great.

Reinstalled, looks like this:

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