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How DO you backdate,.to chrome bumpers ??

I have a 76' looking to backdate to chrome bumpers,..and curious as to how to do it,...Thanks Frank
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I might be wrong ( I was once) but I think all you need are the bumpers and then remove the stock 1976 bumpers and bolt the early ones on. I would make sure the bolts that hold them on are in good shape and that the "dog bones" are also in good shape as they provide the necessary spacing between the body and the rear edge of the bumper. On my daughters 1974 we had some washers on one side and none on the other so the gaps were even across the car. This is also easier if you have a helper.
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cut off the extra sheet metal lip for the late bumpers, drill the holes in the proper place for the early bumpers and bolt on early bumpers and rubber pads. will also need light for rear license plate. Goot how to thread on 914world
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The front lip of the front part of the front trunk seal channel is taller in the later cars so that the top of the rubber cover can be hooked over it. You'll need to cut that down.

There are also tabs sticking out from the sides of the car that the sides of the rubber bumper covers (both front and rear) hook over. You'll have to cut those off as well.

That's in addition to drilling the four mounting holes for each bumper, which is actually fairly easy.

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Found this on 914World a few weeks ago and bookmarked it, as I may pursue that effort at some point. Check THIS THREAD.
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THANK YOU....So MUCH for this info Beatnavy,..I truely had no clue how it was done or how I would do it,..Now Iam not that spooked about it,...And your right,..Its ok to have those bumpers with certain colors of the car...I think black goes nicely,...Frank
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