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Old 12-15-2012, 10:34 AM
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Ok guys I need your help again.Here's some pics of the rear of the car with the bumper installed I need to know how far down does the bumper set.We have already determined the car has be hit in the rear and I had to space the drivers side out around a 1/4 in.to make the gap right between the car and bumper.Is the contour of the top of the rear bumper right ,if so it looks like I need to slot the holes on the car so the bumper will drop down.I need a pic of the rear of a 3rd gen Nova.I also have a small issue with both door matching the same contour of the rear edge of the front fenders.Sorry no pics of this I'll post some later.






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Old 12-15-2012, 10:41 AM
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To me it looks better than when you bought the car, I'll try and get a hold of Andy "Novafreek6872" I'm sure he has some pics of the rear bumper on his Nova. As far as the contour, let's see what a 3rd gen Nova rear bumper looks like.

Glad to see you've got it coming along nicely.

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Here is a link to a 3rd gen Nova rear bumper...If this one is right, and I have no reason to think it isn't, yours looks pretty good.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...b1/1bumper.jpg

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Widetrack thanks for the help.I'm going to set my tail lights in and see what it looks like.
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No problem, it looks like your well on your way now. Oh, by the way, I think we've had enough conversation that you can call me Ray.
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I have been following your posts on putting your '72 back together. I understand just what you have been going thru. Seems like you've been getting good advice from what I've seen on here. I've always liked these cars & have built 6 or so over the last 35 years (3 for myself). My current one is a '68 SS, been driving it for over 3 years now, sunny day daily driver. I'll keep following you're posts, and see how it's going. I'll help if I think I can, mostly just stay "after it" it'll come. Have a good one.
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it looks fine to me. That gaping to your tail lights looks about right and even. They also have that big flat bracket that's bolted inside your bumper. You can usually see something out of ordinary on your rear body panel or that bracket if it's out of the norm.
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Ok got the old lights set into place did a few modifications and reinstall the bumper looks like it fits pretty good. Are you suppose to be able to remove the tail light bezel without loosing the bumper because I can't, I have to loosing the bumper then I can remove the complete tail light.




Has anybody notice how dull the bumper is that because it's been sand blasted and I have beat out most of the dents.My plan is to paint them the same color as the car or maybe just black. Has anybody got any advise on painting chrome bumpers that have been blasted.


Here's some pics of the alignment issue with fenders and doors.


This is the pass side not as bad, its only in the middle of both doors the top and bottom look pretty good.
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the last one I did had that gap to the bumper WITH the bezels in, or shall I say the last one my co-worker did while I peeked over there to see what he was doing. So it was roughly the same distance to the bottom of the bezel as it is to your bumper to the bottom of the taillight opening. With your bezels in it would appear that there's no gap then, right? If so, that's too high.

My first guess after re-looking at the pics would be the tail light panel? Did you just weld in one? What's different about your decklid fit if so? When my co-worker welded one in there was a slight difference between the gap on the left bezel to bumper gap but we wrote it off as it being the aftermarket bezel.
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No the panel is the original I did a rust repair across the bottom.
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Sorry Nova 1958...I get get the pictures to come up on my computer, the bumper does look sand blasted, if you want to paint the rear bumper, run a DA over the bumper with 80 grit, if there are any dents, work the out as best you can and fill those areas (it may not be a bad idea to give the whole bumper a skim coat and block it straight). If you use a sandable epoxy primer, prime and block the the primer with a minimum of 400 grit paper and paint. If your not using a sandable epoxy, give it a coat of any rust preventative product like and etch primer, then 2K high build, again, block with 400 grit paper and paint.

If I'm right you shouldn't be required to loosen the bumper to remove the tail light assembly...As I mentioned, the pictures aren't coming up on my computer so it's hard for me to tell.

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Is anybody else having problems with the pics if so please let me know.
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No, but I have spent a few hours removing paint from them!!
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can't see them either. Try loosening the bolts and having someone sit on the bumper or push it down, then re-tighten. Worth trying that first.
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Can you see pics now.
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