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Bumper choices (1/2)
 7/16/21 8:28pm
manchestersharkLifetime Member
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Equinunk, PA - USA

Vette(s):
1972 conv, 4-speed, 350, 200hp, numbers match, rally wheels, war bonnett yellow w/white top. good condition, nice driver.


Joined: 10/31/2007
Posts: 2056

What is the general consensus? I have good O.E.M. urethane bumpers. Are they worth sanding, cleaning up to reuse/paint? Will individual retainers work with them, or use the o.e.m. style?  Are body workers better at painting o.e.m. or the flex fit ones. I know they take different type paint base. Can the o.e.m. ones be media blasted, or will they deteriorate? No judging or show car. Just a driver. I'm open to suggestions, or advice from experience.Thanks! Preciate it. 

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Re: Bumper choices (2/2)
 7/17/21 12:16am
73shark
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Overland Park, KS - USA

Vette(s):
1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


Joined: 7/9/2003
Posts: 685

I repainted my '73 in '86 w/ lacquer and just scuff sanded the bumper cover and used a flex agent in the paint.  Since it was a daily driver for about 20 years, I'm sure that all the sun exposure contributed to the urethane becoming very brittle and it started breaking off in pieces when it was about 35 years old.  I considered getting one of the "flex" fiberglass covers but they all said that they req'd some trimming to fit properly.  I purchased an OEM cover from my dealer and will install it when I get the car painted again.



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1973 L-82 4 spd

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