It was dad's car and he wasn't exactly overjoyed! but it looked worse than it actually was. The front bumper and the panel it bolted onto got damaged, together with a bit of damage to the front edge of the bonnet and grille and one of the headlights. I said I'd pay for it, so had to keep the cost down as I'd only been working for about 6 or 7 months then. Got this bloke from the garage to weld a new panel on, which was the only bit I couldn't do, then went to a scrapyard for a new, well decent second hand, bumper and I took the grille off and managed to straighten it out. The bits of filling and spraying I did, and with a new sealed beam it was good as new!
The garage at home was too small to work in so I did it outside the house, in the freezing cold, as in the film, which was about three miles or so from our house. I was doing my best to keep warm with one of those furry jackets, a bit like the lorry drivers were wearing and plenty of cups of tea!
You're right, can't see 19 year olds now doing that! Another thing is that cars then (this was a 71,J regd) were very easy to work on and you could pull them to bits with a half inch spanner. If you had played with Meccano and messed with model trains as a kid, cars were a natural progression.