righty, had a bit of fun today, having finally finished painting the garage floor...
i got the nova in there, whipeed the engine out and started cutting an bashing!
basically cut the headlught panel off, the removed the fixings for the crossmember, at which point the crumpled fromt corner became obvious, so, cut a bit of and panel beated the rest, and used a slide hammer to remove the s shaped crease by the towing eye, then moved the wheel (i.e wedged a bit of wood in the wheel arch to shove it forward where its meant to be)to the right position to help align the cross member, looks like this now
just need to rebox the chassis, then fully remove the cross member and fit the new stuff, easy! lmao