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Old 01-04-2012, 06:44 PM
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Custom front and rear bumpers? I need some help.

I have 66' galaxie 500 and working on my first project. She has a 289 (bored out .060) with a windsor firing order, I have the under-dash a/c, and I am going to make custom door panels and lowering her and some other mods...I wish she had the 7L

I am getting rid of the chrome bumbers and want to make a sleek bumper for both the front and back. Is there some type of pattern of even a pre-fab bumper that can be modified? Would making a fiberglass form be easier than metal? I am not that experienced, so I am lacking in the skills dept. Any ideas would be great.

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I think a car that vintage needs chrome. IMO
here are some ideas...
http://www.customrodder.com/tech/060...r/viewall.html

Another thought would be use bumpers from a similar size car and use them.
Say a Plymouth Fury about the same year. Just an idea.
Car in pic is Imperial. FYI
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Hmm.. Since I am putting a new interior into the car I am going for the resto-mod type of look. I was thinking a deep gloss or pearl black with flat black powder coated trim (where the chrome parts are). With the lowered frame and sleek front end I thought it would look better. I will try to scan a sketch when Staples sends me my new printer.
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seeing how your underdeveloped in the skill dept. I also suggest the swap for a bumper already built. this will be far easier and less likely to frustrate you to a point of giving up. I have heard of builders using same bumpers just turning them upside down or the front in the rear and the rear in the front...depending on the vehicle it might work......fiberglass is messy, requires lots of smoothing, sanding and not very protective. Although you could fiberglass over your existing bumpers to give them a new look/shape and still keep the protection factor..food for thought...
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Gents;
If you use Bumpers from another Car or Truck,
Don't forget to get the Frame Horns.
Life gets simpler with Brackets and Horns.
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I HAVE cut a few inches out of the center of original bumpers and shortened the horns to slide it into the car more then moulded the body and painted the bumper,,,this gives a very custom and sleek look while leaving protection. You can cut the ends and re attach them with less protrusion or even reverse or swap them or use cool bullets you get the idea. as long as your painting them weld the back and smooth the front.
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Were never to old to learn stupid ideas.

Cut the mounts and move them closer to the body. Then attach them directly to the car filling in any gaps. You can highlight the paints to make them stand out a bit more than the rest of the car if you like.
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I think Ifound something that I could make work... I am going to weld a hidden bumper and bolt it to the frame for protection, but use a trailer bumper that I found at Northern Tool... I am going to remove some of the rough edges and smooth things out, but I think it will work.
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Yeah I noticed those before,,I once used a trailer fender from there to make some rear fender extensions. You got me thinkin on my car and I am going to use a set of 39 chevy bumpers nosed in with big spike looking things i found on my 50s chevy fleetline. I also buy the axle plates ther for my rears...2-3 inch and only 9 bucks a pair....beats cutting them off an reusing!
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