18th of March 2012 I purchased a Honda CRX Del Sol, also known as a Civic Del Sol, manufacture year 1992, ESi Trim with a 1.6 SOHC (Single Overhead Camshaft) 1599CC Displacement Naturally Aspirated Engine using the VTEC design (Variable valve timing)
At a small cost of £500 the previous owner has damaged the body work over the 11 or so months they owned the car, mechanically however it is sound.
The damage included rust on the driver side rear quarter panel that will need cutting and replacement metal welded in place.
Passenger side door and rear quarter panel damaged by scraping it along their brick garage wall.
Stone chips on the front and rear bumper.
Rear bumper had a large chunk of paint missing when reversed into a barrier wall of some sort.
I took on the challenge with the support of my Father, who worked in the AA for over 10 years. I wished to learn how to maintain, repair and repaint bodywork myself as my Father can take care of the mechanical side of automotive work. If at some point I wished to learn the more intricate details of car mechanics then that is easily achievable.
I personally have never touched car body work before in any shape or form and this car has been the first foray into such world, It has been an enjoyable journey so far and I am proud of the work that has currently been carried out.
The car is not yet finished however a large amount of work has gone into the larger parts of the damage as I will demonstrate in the pictures below.
Mistakes were made a long the way in particular with repainting the rear bumper however I hope the pictures will tell you the story on how I learnt from my mistakes and ended in a pleasing finished product.
The Pictures below show the following;
Rear bumper repair including my mistake and then below how I blended and rectified the issue.
Surface rust repair on passenger side rear quarter panel.
Passenger door replacement.