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Old 08-23-2003, 11:32 PM
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Narrowing/Moulding bumper pics

Sup pepoz. This week im going to narrow, mold, and make the bumpers as snug as I can to the body. Im hoping you guys could give me any tips or info. If you see anything wrong to please tell me. So here it goes I got the bumper, bolted it on, and measured it. Both sides of the bumper had a total 3 inch overhang. I cut about 2 1/2 out of the center of the bumper. Then I separated the bumper from the thing the mounts the bumper to the car. Then I re-drilled to mounting holes on the bumper re-bolted it so it was snug. http://groups.msn.com/BettaPics/shoebox.msnw?Page=2

The bumper will me grinded smooth, and clean. Tomorrow I will shorten the mounting things to the bumper will bolt snug all the way around the car.

Anything yall wanna say just say it. Thanks, Chris

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Old 08-24-2003, 07:29 AM
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Chris...I just want to say that what you are doing so far looks good. Instead of redrilling all the holes in the bumper for mounting. Why not just drill one, temprorarily mount the bumper, pull the bumper irons off the frame, weld the brackets solid to the inside of the bumper, grind off the bolt head then fill that. This way you will have a smooth bumper with no bolts showing. It will take a little more work but will make for a cleaner job. Just a suggestion. Keep up the good work and keep the pics coming.

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Old 08-24-2003, 08:01 AM
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I agree with Kevin, but there is a little different way I have dont it in the past. Basically what you do is cut the heads off of the bolts, and run a nut all the way down on the bolt. Now set the bolt in the bumper hole so it is recessed about 1/16 inch. Then, weld the bolt in from the front of the bumper by filling the 1/16 inch hole. Now, just grind it flat. What this will do is just make studs on the bumper to go through the mount. Hope i explained it well enough. I did this on the 57 in my photo album. Turned out real slick.

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Old 08-24-2003, 10:07 AM
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Hmm sounds good guys thanks for the info. Ill go ahead cut the bold heads and weld them into the bumper. I think im also gonna have to somewhat cut the mounting bracket to make the bumper shorter in the rear. Ill keep the pics coming, and look at the photo's thanks
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Old 08-27-2003, 11:40 PM
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My bad I haven't posted anything up I ran into some uhhh.. technical difficulties with my grinding system. It ain't working. I smoothed out the gears and need to get new ones. I need to get the 6" grinder up to smooth the pits, and rust out. Ill be posting some info soon.

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Old 09-21-2003, 06:16 PM
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AHAHAHAHA. The rear bumper was bent in the middle so I tried to cut the really bent areas out. I just got my mig welder and grinder within weeks so im good to go. Here are pics of the narrowed rear bumper

http://groups.msn.com/BettaPics/shoebox.msnw?Page=3

I am gonna fiberglass it round, and to the body of the car soon so I can get out all imperfections and make it perfect. Thanks, Chris
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Chris...it looks like what you are doing you are going about it the right way. You just might have a future in the automotive industry. Keep up the great work and keep us posted with pics. BTW how did you strip the Pinto? Chemical, sanding, sandblast? Looking good.

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Old 09-21-2003, 10:37 PM
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I Chemical stripped the car with about 10 gallons of Klean strip aircraft paint stripper. The stuff most auto parts stores carry. The car had about 7 layers of primer / paint / and clear so this time around my dad and I agreed it had to go. Then after I got most of the paint off I used some 3m abrasive paint & rust remover discs to grind to a shine. Cya, Chris
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