Just bought this tidy '89 Prelude, the only downside being it had obviously had a bump on the front. The front bumper was pushed in a bit and the bonnet wasn't quite closing properly, but both looked to be in good condition so I figured it just needed a little straightening out. Anyway, once I had the bumper off I realised that the front cross member was bent upwards, this had pushed up the bonnet catch and the plate that runs along the top of the radiator, which was causing my bonnet not to close.
I've put some pics of the damage below and want to get an estimate of how much it might cost to repair. Bear in mind, I'm just after the bonnet closing properly, I'm not worried if the cross member is out of shape, just want the car to look normal when it's assembled.
I could also be interested in fixing it myself at home if it's going to cost more than $400 at the panel shop, but would like to know from others with experience what the best method is. My current idea would be to remove the radiator and stuff, jack the car up, put the cross member on blocks either side of the damaged area and then try hitting it with a sledgehammer. Any methods more elegant to offer?