Rear Bumper Install 71

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  1. Kris g

    Kris g Veteran Member

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    Do you need to install brackets on the bumper first or on car? Can you leave them loose and once in place can the chrome bolts be tightened?
     
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    Install brackets on bumper tight first.
    When putting it on the car(painted)I put either socks over the ends of the bumper,or clean rags with a rubberband.
    I also use 4" 3/8" bolts(shank wrapped in duct tape) to hang the bumper so I can put it on my self without damaging the car.
     
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    Awesome thanks. I guess there is enought play in the through holes into the trunk to make up for any play in the brackets.
     
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    There absolutely is.
     
  5. Kris g

    Kris g Veteran Member

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    OK Guys,

    I got the bumper on alright, no scratches :)

    The passenger side sticks out about a quarter to half inch further than the drivers side. Drivers side is perfect.

    I've narrowed it down to the right side bracket with the 2 bolts. It is sitting further from the rear panel than the one on the other side.

    I'm going to try loosening the carriage bolts and manipulating it. If that doesn't work I wonder if I may have one 73 Bracket?
     
  6. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy LS Swapped 1971 Camaro

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    Is this a freshly painted car? Did you test fit the bumpers before paint?

    The reason I ask, if were me I would use a hammer and a couple of well placed blows in the area where the passenger side goes into....to make sure the metal isn't buckled, if so this would level it out or at least push it in a bit.

    But kinda hard to do when the car has paint on it
     
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    Thanks Dennis,

    It is painted. I really think it is a Bracket/Bumper issue as it seems more about how far the bumper sits away from the tail when heading toward the passenger side.

    I'm going to remove the carriage bolts on that bracket and see if I can readjust without modifying the bracket.


     
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    1971CamaroGuy LS Swapped 1971 Camaro

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    Cool, let us know what you figure out
     
  9. Kris g

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    Dennis, I think you were more right than me :)

    There seemed to be a slight dip in the one side. A couple washers to re-align the bumper and we were good to go! Looks good now.

    Kris
     
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    are all the
    brackets of the same car >> 73 are high impack and stick out more .
     

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