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Old 10-03-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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Hello...
I am in the process of a complete 1977 restoration project. I am looking for some input on the idea of converting my 1977 front and rear bumpers to those of the 1972.

Why you may ask? No reason other than the look.

So...is there anyone out there that has done this or has knowledge of it being done? I am wondering if this is even possible and at the end of the day, will the cost of doing so...put this idea out of reason.

Just by my first looks, I see the rear safety bumper monster would have to be removed for the flatter '72 bumper/cover. Does the '72 have a similar assembly behind its cover? what about the front?

Does anyone know about any kits that might be available as well?

Any inputs will be appreciated.

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Old 10-03-2012, 04:07 PM   #2
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Do a search and you are likely to find similar threads. Converting rubber bumper cars to chrome pops up frequently but is not actually feasible. There is much more involved than it may look.

You could purchase the 1977 assembly instruction manual (AIM) and the 1972 AIM and compare the two installations. Almost everything between the two types changed when the crash bumpers were phased in.

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Hi ez,
IF you have to buy all the parts, (even used), and were able to do the extensive body work required yourself, the cost would still be many thousands of dollars.
You would probably be off completing your restoration, enjoying your 77 for a while, and then move to a 68-72 car in the future if they continue to strike your fancy.
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Josh / SUPERPOWERS has been actively working on developing such rubber-to-chrome bumper conversions, tho from what I've seen his focus has been primarily on the rear.
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Josh / SUPERPOWERS has been actively working on developing such rubber-to-chrome bumper conversions, tho from what I've seen his focus has been primarily on the rear.


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Easy Mike, thanks you pose a great idea for getting (me) a better idea of whats involved...I am figuring it will be extensive.

Alan 71, you too provide a valid point which makes a lot of sense...I have always been interested in those earlier models.

Thanks all for your inpts and ideas.
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The rear could be a good start...I will follow up with them...thanks.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:15 PM   #8
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WOW!!!!
Josh seems to have something going on there. Thanks for the link...I have sent them a contact request.

Thanks again to you all...will keep you posted where this takes me!
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