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Fiberglass bumpers

I hope to take delivery of my first 914 in the next week or so. It has been hit in the front and needs a fender repaired, maybe a hood, and the front bumper has been pushed in. I've always loved the 914's but hated the big bumpers on the 75 and 76 models. Do the fiberglass ones fit without any of the rubber pieces needed on the top like the early bumpers?

Also, what's you suggestions on fixing the front drivers fender?

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Are you buying a 75-76 914? if so, there are some differences on the fender corners when fitting fiberglass or metal/upper rubber strip bumpers. Not exactly a bolt on
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Fiberglass bumpers

It's a 75 and I am hoping for something that is a direct bolt on without and rubber parts.

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There is no such one piece bumper being produced , that fills up the space on the fender corners. We have a pair of new 914 GT front and rear one piece bumpers with molder fake rubber top pieces. The ends would have to be modified to fill the gaps
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Fiberglass bumpers

Thanks for the reply. Any pics, and what is the recommended way to fill the gaps?
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a 914 GT glass front bumper might be the ticket, has an air scoop for an oil cooler (or radiator is you go V8) they also make a read GT glass bumper.
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You might want to try checking Getty Designs as they have fiberglass front bumpers (albeit with an oil cooler cutout). Also, contact Brad Mayeur at 914Ltd. ( 309-694-1797) as sometimes he has some used parts and is another valuable resource in the Midwest for all things 914. Also, Garold Shaffer in Portage, IN may have the parts you're looking for. He often posts on the 914World website.

Good luck on your project.
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There is a FG repro of the late-style bumpers. It probably can be fitted without surgery.

If you change to an early-style bumper, you will need the rubber across the top of the bumper as well. There are FG versions that also include a copy of that rubber part; that might be an option.

You will have to do some cutting to fit early bumpers on a late car. The late car has lips that stick out from the sides of the fender to hook the rubber bumper cover on, and the front of the front opening has a lip across it to hook the top of the rubber cover onto. Those will all need to be trimmed or removed for the early bumper to fit decently.

Plus you will need to drill mounting holes in the fender wells (for the front) and in the rear panel (for the rear). And you'll need to cover up the larger holes where the late-style mounts go through the front and rear panels.

It can definitely be done; it has been done dozens of times. But there is some work to do.

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The big rubber bumper is probably the reason why your car is salvageable.
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Thanks everyone for the replies. Anyone know where pics of installing earlier bumpers on a 75 can be found?
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There is a whole bumper backdate thread on 914 world I think.
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Thanks again for the replies, the 914World write up was excellent. Also, I got a PM from someone on this topic that I inadvertently deleted, can you please resend?

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I said I got a set of FG bumpers cheap that could be made to work.
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