That looks pretty bad. Should have used gray zip ties.
Now that’s funny right there.
One of my kids peeled the bumper covers off a Civic very similar to this one…I used sheetmetal screws to rehang the bumper covers then covered the heads with matching touch-up paint. This was the same kid who let her friends sit on the roof, and flattened it…had to give it a good “thump” with my fist from under the headliner to “fix” the roof.
I have to admire the efficacy of this repair. Given the state of the car, it probably would not diminish It’s value.
I agree. It looks like someone took his/her time to make this neat little “repair”. Better than what I normally see on the freeway, where damaged plastic bumper covers are dangerously flapping in the wind!
I had one of these vehicles pass me on the Maine Turnpike a few years back, going about 15 mph faster than me, rear bumper cover catching a lot of air on one side. Sure enough, a few miles down the road, the bumper cover was chilling in the center lane.
Sure looks nicer than acres of duct tape. Too bad whoever did this didn’t try to come close to the car’s color, but ‘way better than the “repairs” I usually see.
Definitely more weatherproof than duct tape! I love zip ties used a lot of them in marine rigging and repair. Handy hint: The Harbor Freight ties are as good as any that cost much more. Trust me, I have used them all.
Clever! We used to have this generation Civic model though we didn’t drive it into the ground.
We saw quite a lot of this type repair on a missions trip to Haiti…
I know Cloud Cars get rusty hoods that bleed onto the bumper cover, but did not realize that Civics had the same problem in the rust belt. Well done looking repair and I have seen this done to Scion XBs as well as other vehicles.
I have seen a few Civics with rusty hoods. Although most of the Civics seem to rust around the rear wheel wells. Corollas seem to be much better at not rusting.
The ziptie is one of the greatest inventions of our generation. Our grandfathers had to work with farm wire and chewing. We’re lucky to be alive in the time of zipties, duck tape, and super glue.
And JB Weld.
“That’s gonna leave a scar.”
Our next door neighbor when I was growing up, a dermatologist, would always say that whenever he’d stitch up one of us kids, following some random mishap. Those zip ties look quite a bit like some sutures I received at some point.
I don’t recall that statement about scarring bothering any of us, and since Doc was doing the work during the evenings and on weekends (and likely gratis), our parents would have lowered the boom on us if we had complained. 🙂
It seems the owner has the right priorities: who cares about the zip-ties holding the plastic bumper? It’s got good tires and the headlight are o.k. as well. I can’t judge the brakes, but I bet they are not bad either.
Who cares about the twine repair, it’s doing it’s job by holding the bumper in place.
If I were owner of that beater, I’d be more worried about that rusty water marked streak going down by the headlight, as well as the “rust freckles”, on the edge of the hood. 😉
Zip ties and bumper covers go together like chocolate and peanut butter!
I have to admit that there are a couple of non-visible zip ties on our 1997 Civic, holding what’s left of the inner RF fenderwell plastic (which at some point previous to my ownership had been folded back and mostly ground off against the tire) to the bumper cover.
I love this. This is exactly the kind of frugal, homemade repair we would have attempted in my nuclear family. It shows just enough pride of ownership on a budget without looking ridiculous.
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