I remember when I bought my first truck at 18 years old, and I was so proud of myself. I bought a Ford F150 extended cab and treated it like it was my first born child. One day I was at a stop light and someone rear ended me, wrecking my rear bumper and tailgate. I was so upset and couldn’t believe that I now had to deal with the headache of trying to get my truck fixed. In this industry, we see customers all the time that are faced with this reality, and come into our shop upset with a frustrating story to tell. Like today we had a gentleman come into our shop with a dented in Chrome face plate due to an elderly woman backing into him. He said, “every time I look at my beautiful truck, all I see is that dent.” I remembered how I felt when looking at my bumper and tailgate, and new we had to do something to help this guy out. So we found the replacement part and began doing surgery on this truck.
We first began disassembling the truck by removing the grill. the shop foreman, Mike, has taken lead on this task and is under the truck removing the bolts holding the valence in place. Once the grill, valence, and skid plate is removed, it is time to remove the the damaged face plate.
The new face plate is ready to be assemble and installed. Since the face plate itself was the only part damaged, we will reuse the skid plate, grill, and valence. So we will have to install the skid plat and valence onto this face plate as well as the gaskets for the fog lights and brackets for tow hooks. This vehicle also has sensors which is why you see holes in the middle of the face plate. We removed them from the damaged part and install them onto the new face plate. Time to install this bad boy!!
Once the new parts are install and secure it is time to install the grill and ensure that all bolts are tight and every tool, bolt, washer, and nut is accounted for. Lets take a look at the final results!!
The customer was over the moon with his truck looking brand new again. This is what Central Arkansas Truck Outfitters strives to do. Put smiles on the faces of those who come into the shop looking for help. We love what we do and man did our mechanics do a great job!!