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7/22/12 11:28am - Original Message: 'Rear bumper cover replacement'
Shawnee2
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Cherryville, NC - USA

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Unfortunately, my 82CE lost the battle with a mailbox this week and I need to replace the rear bumper cover (fascia).  I have researched and found that there are urethane and "fiberglass" version available at most part sources.  I was wondering if anyone has had any good or bad experiences and advice for installing either type.  I also need to know what color the rear light indentions are painted as mine appears to be a dark brownish/black metallic color.  I have the silver-beige paint code already.
 
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7/22/12 1:12pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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Cramerton, NC - USA

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black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion

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Jeff, good to see you posting; its been a while.  Im not going to be much help to you but will be watching this post as I plan to replace both my rear and front bumper covers within the next year and am undecided on which route to take. 



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7/22/12 4:02pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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New Albany, OH - USA

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1980 Coupe / Snowcrest White / L48, 350 / Comp Cam / Edelbrock Heads / Cyclone Intake / Holley Carb / Holley Fuel Pump / Patriot Headers / Dual Exhaust / Magnaflow Mufflers / 1964 Coupe / Riverside Red / L76, 327, 365hp

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I know this is not an answer to your question but I have always like the chrome bumper C3's and wondered if there was a way to convert my '80.  I found this website where they claim to be able to convert (at least) the rear.  Anyone know if this is possible without major "plastic surgery"?
 


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7/22/12 4:12pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.

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My CE was repainted before I got it.  But I know a guy and will contact him to see if he knows.



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7/22/12 5:22pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
Shawnee2
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Cherryville, NC - USA

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Thanks Gilbert, let me know if you find out anything.  They guy that repainted my car before I bought it has passed away so I cannot find out what he used.  I know the type of paint and color used for the body but not the light holes.
 
Chip - I was headed to Stanley Friday night and decided to drive the car to work that morning.  Never made it out of the driveway as the car popped out of park and rolled down and hit the neighbors mailbox.  Needless to say, that ruined the rest of my day.....
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7/22/12 10:28pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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Bowling Green, KY - USA

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1975 Coupe, Black, 4-spd (IWAVE2) 1971 Coupe, Blue, 4-spd, Big Block (BLUBYU) 1982 Collector Edition (COOL CE)

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Hey JD,
 
Sorry to hear about the rear bumper on the CE.  According to my NCRS Technical Information Manual and Judging Guide for 1980-82 Corvettes, the current Dupont code for the Dark Bronze (Brown) paint in the tail light recesses is (D-8262).  Hope this helps.  Good luck with the fix.
 


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7/23/12 10:57am - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.

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Kind of got the same information.  Below is what I got from a reliable source that I have complete trust in when it come to CE's or Crossfire cars.

"The tail light wells were brown.  There were some cars that did not have the brown taillight wells, so there is some inconsistency that I have never heard an explanation for. Since the cars came from the factory with both brown and no-brown, I suppose either would be considered 'correct', but the best place to find that info would be an NCRS judging guide."

Buy the way this guy Steve is the only person I know of that make hinges for our CE back windows.  (how did he get started doing that simple it was his wife's car.  Happy wife happy life as all married men know. 

So those of us that have stuck windows (everyone that I know of) can get that repaired for good. Let me know if you are interested and I will connect you up.  He also does the rear window struts at one time got a good set from him once. 




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7/23/12 12:13pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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Flanders, NJ - USA

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1982 Black, ZZ4, Hooker Side Pipes, 3.55 Rear, Rebuilt & upgraded 700R4, All new suspension, brakes, & new Charcoal interior.

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Urethane is what the car came with, it's flexable and can take a small bump with out damage. The fiberglass bumper is not flexable, any bump will crack it. The advantage of the fiberglass is the finish, more of a show quality, part does not warp over time from the heat like the urethane does. If you go with urethane make sure the paint has the flex agent in it so it will not crack if the bumper takes a hit. My car was repainted before I got it and the same paint was used for the whole car and now the front and rear bumpers are full of cracks in the paint.
Going with fiber glass also gives you the option to fill in the split line between body & bumper for the one piece look.
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7/23/12 1:29pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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1974 coupe. 350 CID with Turbo 400 trans. Decal says 8.5:1 compression. Needs paint and AC replaced but don't plan on full restoration. Car runs strong. No big problems so far. 67,000 miles on Odometer, probably rolled over

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When I bought my 74 it already had the fiberglass front and rear bumper covers. I cracked the front and someone else cracked the rear.
I am in the process of painting the car now.
The good thing about the fiberglass is it can be fixed. I did it myself and it turned out fine.
The bad thing is I hope it doesn't happen again. But if it does I know I can fix it.

I don't much care for the waviness of the Urethane covers.

The Truflex are supposed to be a good alternative. Smooth yet have the ability to take a small bump. If they get cracked it looks like the repair is the same as with regular fiberglass.

I have looked at the Chrome conversion. I am considering it at some time in the future. My 74 has the same rear window configuration as the 73 so it would be a good conversion.
And since my Corvette is not all original anyway I don't think it would matter much.

Good luck with your repair. Let us know what you decide.


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7/27/12 4:24pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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Make sure it fits before it is painted.  Paint it off of the car.  Be VERY careful and use much patience when installing it.  Start tightening the bolts from the center and then work to each side.  Make sure all of the bolts are in before tightening the first one.  Stop the second you get frustrated or mad or you will wreck something.  Have band aids available and wear long sleeves.  You will get bloody unless you have very skinny arms.

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9/3/12 8:58am - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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Decided to go with the tru-flex (fiberglass) version.  Had a second thoughts as soon as I hit the purchase button but headed down this path now.  Justed started to install today and already come across a couple of issues:

1)  Top of the cover has a pock mark (dimple) that has two pin holes that go all the way through the part.  Is there anything special about repairing one of these?
 
2)  The cover hits the honeycomb really hard and does not allow me to get the bottom of the cover to attach to the body.  Do I need to trim or remove thie honeycomb in order to install?  Can the bumper be move backwards any?
 
3) I was thinking of attaching the lights using the round brackets that are attached to the original urethane cover but the instructions suggest differently.  It do not think there will be enough support attaching directly to the cover.  Eventually, after changing the bulb or removing the lens a couple of times the fiberglass will be worthless and not hold the screws.  Anyone with experiece on installing on a 82 model?
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11/4/12 8:21pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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1975 Corvette Coupe ZZ4/4sp. Owned 31+ years. 2003 Corvette Convert, owned 1 year.

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Shawnee2..
 Did you get your rear bumper cover installed yet?
I have a '75 coupe and just doing my rear cover now.
I purchased the Ecklers Flexi-Fit f/g cover.
I also decided to use the factory tailite retaining rings vs screwing directly into the f/g.
Do you have honeycomb panels in the rear of the car? That is maybe a bit different than my '75?  I did have to 'trim' some of the rear bumper structure to make it fit properly.
I was going to start a blog here with pictures showing my installation process.
 
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11/4/12 8:41pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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1975 Corvette 383 stroker w/Patriot 190 heads, Eagle stroker kit, Comp 279TH7 cam, DUI distributor, Edelbrock 7116 intake, Edelbrock 1806 carb, Hedman Hedders, TH400 w/TCI Breakaway 2400 stall, Transgo 1-2 shift kit.

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nascar03 said: Shawnee2..
 Did you get your rear bumper cover installed yet?
I have a '75 coupe and just doing my rear cover now.
I purchased the Ecklers Flexi-Fit f/g cover.
I also decided to use the factory tailite retaining rings vs screwing directly into the f/g.
Do you have honeycomb panels in the rear of the car? That is maybe a bit different than my '75?  I did have to 'trim' some of the rear bumper structure to make it fit properly.
I was going to start a blog here with pictures showing my installation process.
 
thanx                  .............graham
 


Hey Graham! Case75 here. Nice to see you on here. How's that bumper install going?

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1/27/13 12:02am - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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corinth, TX - USA

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1977 corvette

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I replaced both front and rear bumpers with Truflex bumpers and anything that  supported the orginal urethane bumpers had to come off. I have a 77 vette and replaced the rear with a 82 bumper. Needless to say there was work involved getting it to line up!

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1/27/13 1:39am - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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1975 Corvette Coupe ZZ4/4sp. Owned 31+ years. 2003 Corvette Convert, owned 1 year.

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CC.....nice work on your '77...looks great.
I have finished the rear bumper cover install on my '75.....now I just have to pull it off and send it to my painter. I used some of the original brackets/supports but others are now in the spares box. I photo-documented the install on a Canadian vette site but I could post some pics here if people are interested.   It was a fun job.
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1/27/13 12:39pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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1979, Targa Blue (72 Color), Pace Car rear spoiler, L88 hood, Dark blue factory interior, 525HP 406, HD 700R4, 370 gears,Steeroids, composite rear spring, TT IIs wrapped in T/A Radials.

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My Trueflex rear bumper was a @$^*!! to line up!! DaveM was around to help for a bit and watched me nearly grow wrenches through my windshield!! It was jaunt a real tough job and the bumper was actually off by a 1/4 ". We did some body work to fix the alignment rather than ship this monster half way back across the country...

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1/27/13 10:46pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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nascar03 said: CC.....nice work on your '77...looks great.
I have finished the rear bumper cover install on my '75.....now I just have to pull it off and send it to my painter. I used some of the original brackets/supports but others are now in the spares box. I photo-documented the install on a Canadian vette site but I could post some pics here if people are interested.   It was a fun job.
thanx   graham

Thank you! It's not original, It's me and it's mine. Post the install I would like to see it!
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1/27/13 11:15pm - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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lukesvette said: My Trueflex rear bumper was a @$^*!! to line up!! DaveM was around to help for a bit and watched me nearly grow wrenches through my windshield!! It was jaunt a real tough job and the bumper was actually off by a 1/4 ". We did some body work to fix the alignment rather than ship this monster half way back across the country...

Nothings easy with fiberglass cars...

It does require some grinding, filling and sanding. Your car looks great!Clap
 
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4/21/13 7:00am - Reply: 'Re: Rear bumper cover replacement'
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What kind of rims did you put on the car ccollier?
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