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Old 06-30-2008, 08:19 AM
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Bumper issue for '74 Nova SS

I own a '74 Nova SS, the price of re chroming is $800 each, and the closest place is 250 miles away.
Many companies manufacture the Nova bumpers up to 1972.
Does any Member know if I can purchase a different year bumpers, and fit them somehow.
Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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I own a '74 Nova SS, the price of re chroming is $800 each, and the closest place is 250 miles away.
Many companies manufacture the Nova bumpers up to 1972.
Does any Member know if I can purchase a different year bumpers, and fit them somehow.
Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
1974 was the first year for federally mandated 5 MPH impact resistant bumpers on both front and back. As a result, 1972-earlier are completely different and won't work. The 73-74 front is probably the same (in 1973 the requirement was only for the front), but the 1974 rear is unique to that year.

By the way, $800 each is about twice what I would have expected. You might want to shop around. You can UPS a bumper for around $50.
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re bumper issue

Thanks for the reply Joe, I have heard of some 74 owners who were able to do a swap, I don't know if that included removing the shocks.

Also, I live out here in Northern Ontario, if the price is reasonable to ship out the bumpers, I would certainly look into it.

Can anyone recommend a re chrome shop, and does anyone have more info on a bumper swap.
Thanks again to the members who are helping out.
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Thanks for the reply Joe, I have heard of some 74 owners who were able to do a swap, I don't know if that included removing the shocks.
From the looks of these two pictures, the bumper shocks are the least of your problems. The first is a 72, the second is a 74. Looks like the grille and fenders are different in addition to the bumpers.
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thanks Joe

Thank You Joe, I guess my only solution is to find a good place to re chrome. There is no physical damage to the bumpers.
As for fitting the 72 bumper on the 74 in the catalog at
www.antiquechev.com
it shows the 1970 to 1974 FENDERS as the same part number and fitting those years, also the steel bumper filler for same years are identical.
since the 74 grill has the 2 driving lights, the grill can be changed over to those years and put in the new bumper.

Joe, your opinion, do you think that going thru these changes (if they are really possible) would take away too much from my Documented, Genuine SS vehicle.
Should I just stick to the much more expensive re-chroming or even maybe fiberglass bumpers.
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I really appreciate your help on this as it is a major stumbling block for me. I would have thought that other 74 owners would have faced this problem and how they solved it.
Thank You
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Thank You Joe, I guess my only solution is to find a good place to re chrome. There is no physical damage to the bumpers.
As for fitting the 72 bumper on the 74 in the catalog at
www.antiquechev.com
it shows the 1970 to 1974 FENDERS as the same part number and fitting those years, also the steel bumper filler for same years are identical.
since the 74 grill has the 2 driving lights, the grill can be changed over to those years and put in the new bumper.

Joe, your opinion, do you think that going thru these changes (if they are really possible) would take away too much from my Documented, Genuine SS vehicle.
Should I just stick to the much more expensive re-chroming or even maybe fiberglass bumpers.
P.S
I really appreciate your help on this as it is a major stumbling block for me. I would have thought that other 74 owners would have faced this problem and how they solved it.
Thank You
I'm not named Joe, but I do have $.02 worth of advice for you. Don't mess up your SS by trying to save a $ . You will lower its value more than you will save.
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you can swap out the bumper, grille, and headlight bezels to make it look like an earlier nova. You just remove the little plate in the corner of your fenders where the headlight bezel on an earlier on would fit. The rear bumper wont fit because your license plate is above the bumper while the earlier one are in the bumper.
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Thanks for the reply's, I guess it would be foolish to deface a genuine SS just because of bumper related problem. After all, I spent a small fortune on it so far.

Would one recommend the fiberglass bumpers??
Again, Thanks for all your input.
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Joe, your opinion, do you think that going thru these changes (if they are really possible) would take away too much from my Documented, Genuine SS vehicle.
Should I just stick to the much more expensive re-chroming or even maybe fiberglass bumpers.
Well, anything you change that isn't stock detracts from a "documented, genuine SS vehicle". That goes for fiberglass bumper, incorrect year bumpers, or 2 x 4 bumpers. It's your car, do what you want, but if you've already spent a bunch of money on a correct, documented car, why do you want to cut corners now?
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re bumpers

Well, I guess it's not an issue of cutting corners (though I was leaning that way for a bit) it's more a case of frustration, 1st seeing all these retailers selling bumpers for just about every year (except mine) for about $150 each, then the lack of re-chroming shops here in Ontario, and the odd shop that I do find wants to charge close to $800 per bumper.

I'm glad you brought some senses back into me.
If you have information on some specific chroming shops, I could check on the freight and get it done the right way.
Many thanks once more.
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this company is by far 1 of the best platers you can send stuff too.. there not cheap, but the quality is of the best. http://www.advancechromeplating.com
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this company is by far 1 of the best platers you can send stuff too.. there not cheap, but the quality is of the best. http://www.advancechromeplating.com
Thanks, will look into it.
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