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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4475 posts)

10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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nifty bumper trick
Posted by: Moderator
Date: March 28, 2008 02:07PM

Instead of a normal "chrome bumper conversion", Henry Byrd did something unusual.

Check out the way he welded-up his bumper bolts and then ground them flush, before painting the steel bumpers body color.



Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2683 posts)

10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: nifty bumper trick
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 28, 2008 08:27PM

Neat idea. Seems obvious but I'd have never thought of it. Could do the same prior to sending a bumper to be replated too so would work whether you're painting or plating.


Ron Pulliam
Tacoma Wa
(15 posts)

04/19/2014 12:09AM

Main British Car:
1972 TR6 1963 Buick 215

Re: nifty bumper trick
Posted by: Ronp
Date: April 26, 2014 04:07AM

Hmm.. I was blanching last night at the cost of new, or even used bumpers in good shape. There are several available that have small wrinkles or scuffs on them that could be made into something interesting. I'm getting some ideas. Stay tuned (pun intended).

Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
(758 posts)

02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: nifty bumper trick
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: April 26, 2014 10:09AM

The custom car guys have been doing it for a long time. I had so much cutting and welding to do on my bumpers I filled the holes also. Makes for a lot smoother look.

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Bill Jacobson
Wa state
(307 posts)

10/23/2007 02:15AM

Main British Car:
73 MGB Buick 215, Eaton/GM supercharger

Re: nifty bumper trick
Posted by: MG four six eight
Date: April 30, 2014 12:06AM

Old hot rodders call it bumper shaving.
When I did it to mine, I used a MIG welder and hand filed them with a body file. When I took them into the plater's, guy checked them out and was impressed. Then he asked how long it took me. When I told him I had about 20 hours in to each one, he just smiled and said that he could have done that for me and would have had approx 1 to 2 hours in each bumper! Oh well!LOL


Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1266 posts)

05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: nifty bumper trick
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: April 30, 2014 02:00AM

Know what Bill,

I'll take the 20 anyday.
And proudly proclaim that I did it myself!
Learned a new skill and a respect for the talent involved.
A winner all the way around!


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