RenaissanceMan

Need some help inventorying remaining parts for bumper conversion

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I am getting ready to do a chrome bumper conversion on my '76. I have all of the bumper pieces for the front and rear, and also have the front bumper conversion kit that rey949 used to sell, which included the bumper brackets, square hole covers, template, etc.

 

What else will I need as far as hardware goes? Does anyone have a list of required conversion parts? Thanks!

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nuts, bolts washers

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As I peruse the materials online related to conversion, I'm hit with a couple questions:

 

1. Can I get to the lower rails that require re-drilling of the original small (front) bumper mounting points without removing the nose from the car?? Don't have my car here right now so I can't check, myself.... Was assuming these would be accessible but now I'm not so sure...

 

2. Are the plugged holes for the original small rear bumper mounting points threaded, or will I just be running bolts and nuts through there to secure the rear bumper?

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1 hour ago, RenaissanceMan said:

Can I get to the lower rails that require re-drilling of the original small (front) bumper mounting points without removing the nose from the car??

Yep--you'll have to remove the front wheels, but the easiest way is to take measurements and make a template from a roundie so you'll get the holes in exactly the right spot, and the right size/shape.  

 

2.  Are the plugged holes for the original small rear bumper mounting points threaded, or will I just be running bolts and nuts through there to secure the rear bumper?

 

You'll need nuts, bolts and both flat & lock washers to secure the chrome bumper brackets through those plugged holes.  You'll also have to drill through the reinforcement that runs along the back edge of the car, and use bolts long enough to reach through both the outer sheet metal and the inner reinforcement--much longer than the original bolts as used on roundies.  Don't forget to seal the bolt holes when you install the bolts; otherwise you'll get water leaking into your trunk.

 

mike

 

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Rey's kit has the template for drilling the holes for the front bumper bolts. You only have to remove the wheels as Mike says. Also use the new plates as template for enlarging the square holes to drop the front bumper bracket location to factory height. He also included the bolts for front bumper mounting and a list for rear hardware needed. At least my kit had that stuff. Works well. More work than other kits because you have to cover the square holes with the new slit plates. Well made.

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16 hours ago, mike said:

Yep--you'll have to remove the front wheels, but the easiest way is to take measurements and make a template from a roundie so you'll get the holes in exactly the right spot, and the right size/shape.  

 

2.  Are the plugged holes for the original small rear bumper mounting points threaded, or will I just be running bolts and nuts through there to secure the rear bumper?

 

You'll need nuts, bolts and both flat & lock washers to secure the chrome bumper brackets through those plugged holes.  You'll also have to drill through the reinforcement that runs along the back edge of the car, and use bolts long enough to reach through both the outer sheet metal and the inner reinforcement--much longer than the original bolts as used on roundies.  Don't forget to seal the bolt holes when you install the bolts; otherwise you'll get water leaking into your trunk.

 

mike

 

 

thanks!!!

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8 hours ago, dirving said:

Rey's kit has the template for drilling the holes for the front bumper bolts. You only have to remove the wheels as Mike says. Also use the new plates as template for enlarging the square holes to drop the front bumper bracket location to factory height. He also included the bolts for front bumper mounting and a list for rear hardware needed. At least my kit had that stuff. Works well. More work than other kits because you have to cover the square holes with the new slit plates. Well made.

 

I have the template in my kit but received no instructions or parts list for the rear. I'm sending him a message to see if he still has the list. Thanks!

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FYI - great news! If you aren't in a hurry Blunttech is producing special brackets that allow you to do the conversion without any of crap of drilling new holes and such. I am in line for a set myself as I have been holding off d/t not wanting to deal with all the mess of the conversion. J

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