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I took the front end off for service and everything is going well putting a new frame in and being cold outside with no garage I have to go out for short periods of time. I don't see immediately where these brackets fit. They are just hanging there and I need to find what it fits and what angle. This is a pic found on the Internet
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I believe they are a collapsible part of the front end and designed to collapse when impacted with another objects. On my vehicle they were held on with one screw/bolt and were rattling against the front bumper support.
 

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I believe they are a collapsible part of the front end and designed to collapse when impacted with another objects. On my vehicle they were held on with one screw/bolt and were rattling against the front bumper support.
Thanks for the replies I found out today and after viewing some pictures. Thats a hanging metal bracket that connects on one end with one fastener in the suspension area and the other end (like square tube) faces front with a threaded hole that slides into a rectangular area of the main front frame that I replaced. There is a hole in the main front frame and a fastener goes through the hole to this hanging member (there are 2, one on each side obviously). The reason I did not notice them before was because when I loosened that frame and it was loose, I pulled it forward off and these supports kind of fell out and went into weird positions. The part that collapses is in the top pic too you can see them a little further back. I had to change one from the fender bender that sideswiped the car. I should mention too I had (beside a broken frame, radiator damaged but not condenser, plastic outside air vent damage all replaced) a HUGE dent on my left, drivers side, fender. I remember a trick I saw on the Internet once about a plastic bumper dent. You take (carefully) boiling water in a pot and pour on the inside of the dent. Did that. The dent area got soft and I pushed it right out and one can hardly tell there was a dent there. Luckily the fender did not shatter, crack or break
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Thanks. I also took the opportunity to fix my radiator cooling fan not going on. Tried everything. Most likely a SAM problem so in the meantime until it warms up and I troubleshoot more (the stock fan works perfect jumped) I installed a 14" fan to the condenser and have a temperature sensor installed under the tank. I will wire direct from the battery with a circuit breaker and relay kit. I also took the opportunity to fix my right headlight housing. Last winter I was changing a bulb and I pulled the whole bulb holder out from the headlight housing, low beam. I am going to try LEDs
 
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