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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old May 25th, 19, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Taking the UGLY out of impact bumpers

Helping my son reverse engineer the ugly bumpers on a 76 Nova but the same would work on post 73 Chevelles. The rear is narrowed 1" and tucked 2". The front is narrowed 2 1/2" and tucked 2 1/2". On the rear the shocks were deflated and collapsed to get 2" of movement but the top corners needed to be scribed and the plastic fender extensions flattened and re-shaped to allow for a full 2" tuck.
On the front, the shocks had to be hacked apart and modified to get the 2 1/2" travel needed for max tuck. The 2 1/2" sectioning required 2 seperate cuts but the plastic extensions only had to be trimmed but not re-shaped.

The bumpers are going to be painted.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old May 25th, 19, 10:59 AM
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Re: Taking the UGLY out of impact bumpers

Stan, Good job, that looks so much cleaner. Terry
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Re: Taking the UGLY out of impact bumpers

That looks like a 74 Chevy pickup rear bumper.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old May 26th, 19, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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That looks like a 74 Chevy pickup rear bumper.
Yup, I have a 74 Jimmy and I'm considering doing the same with them!
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old May 26th, 19, 10:29 AM
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Nice work, Stan! Should have given the factory some lessons long ago!
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old May 26th, 19, 1:17 PM
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Re: Taking the UGLY out of impact bumpers

That's a great improvement Stan. I hope you don't mind I was thinking that bumper needs to be thinned a bit to make the bumper look more minimal. I was thinking, what would it look like if the bumper was sectioned between the two style lines and the bottom was cut off below the lower style line. I'm no artist but tried to create a visual.
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Re: Taking the UGLY out of impact bumpers

There is this guy here: https://www.kijiji.ca/v-carrosserie/...ationFlag=true who makes custom bumper brackets to do exactly that. He has them which tucks the bumper in for 1 7/8", 2" and 2 1/2" for '73-'77 Monte Carlos, Chevelles, ElCaminos @ $125. per kit. He probably could make them for Novas too...

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There is this guy here: https://www.kijiji.ca/v-carrosserie/...ationFlag=true who makes custom bumper brackets to do exactly that. He has them which tucks the bumper in for 1 7/8", 2" and 2 1/2" for '73-'77 Monte Carlos, Chevelles, ElCaminos @ $125. per kit. He probably could make them for Novas too...

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Might be the same guy I sent some dimensions to for the front on the 73-77 A body forum.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old May 26th, 19, 9:21 PM Thread Starter
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That's a great improvement Stan. I hope you don't mind I was thinking that bumper needs to be thinned a bit to make the bumper look more minimal. I was thinking, what would it look like if the bumper was sectioned between the two style lines and the bottom was cut off below the lower style line. I'm no artist but tried to create a visual.
Thought of doing just that, problem is it opens up the area below the bumper and the chassis becomes visible, so one would need to fab lower pans/valances both front and rear to make things look correct. I decided my metalworking skills were not at the level required for that task. But if I did fab up nice pans, I was considering Gen 1 Camaro bumpers to replace those squarebody bumpers.
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