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#2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto
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Sarge81 said: Sledgehammer. That'll successfully remove those stubborn bumpers.
With only slight touch-up afterwards....
I'm not 100% sure if the '80-'82 cars used the stud/nut type bumper cover retainers, or if they used the stainless steel strips with screws.... I know that a some the replacement retainers ARE of the strip/screw type(that dint quite sound rite, did it?).
At any rate, the upper, outer corner fasteners will be the hardest to get to. Small hands and lottsa patience will be good to have...which prollly means you'll need someone to help, Dave....
In looking at parts suppliers, it appears that the replacement retainers do use the stud/nut type fasteners... So..be prepared to twist at least half of them off....and be prepared to either replace them, OR...you can knock out the broken studs from the retainers(carefully, so you don't bend the retainers),, drill the square holes out where the studs were, and replace with nuts & bolts. The nuts & bolts approach, while it will save some $$$, it adds a lot of time to re-installing the retainers/bumper cover, unless you tack-weld the bolts to the retainer. Are we having FUN yet?
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Vette(s): 1980 loaded red on red. 68,000 original miles. Second owner. Well documented with all original paperwork.
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Here is a very important tip!! DO NOT use any type of penetrating oil anywhere or lubricants with Teflon on the project. If you get any on the body it absorbs into the fiberglass and you will never get paint or primer to stick. If lubricants with Teflon are used anywhere near your project the Teflon becomes airborne and clings to the fiberglass. Always use products that read body shop safe. Now for the rear bumper speaking from experience. If you looked across the top of my bumper from the side of the car it was perfectly straight or flat if that's a better word. Well after removal to paint and reinstalled it it is wavy and can't get it straight. Removing all the original retainers most broke or twisted. Make sure you buy good quality retainers. If I had to do it again I would not remove the rear bumper. It ended up that after the paint, wet sanding and buffing it is impossible to get the compound out between the bumper and the body! Just my 2 cents worth of info!! Good luck!
OK, Rodney brings up an excellent point. My bumper is in great shape, no waviness. Am I in serious risk of getting waves when I reattach it? If so I may just leave it on and putty over the joint between the body and bumper (Sarge, like they did to yours before you had them remove the body work). I really like the joint there but I like the straightness of my bumper more so if it's a risk of either or, I'll leave the bumper on and get rid of the joint.
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