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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 01, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
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Hi. I have my original build sheet for my 68 and it says that my car came with the optional rear bumper guards. I have the bolt holes in my tailpan and everything looks correct but the guards just don't seem to fit properly. I'm wondering if there is someone out there with original bumper guards and they can give me some details on the fit.
Is there a gap between the bumper guards and the bumper and if so how much is it?

Is this gap even on the top and bottom halves of the bumper?

Does the top of the bumper guards reach to the edge of the bumper or does it go past or fall short of the bumper edge?

thnx in advance!!!!!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 01, 06:11 AM
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I think I understand your problem. The guard will not properly seat on the bumper. My fronts were like this. The sharp leading edge of the guard seat would hit the bumper at about 3/4 of the way up the bumper and not allow the guard to seat. My bumper is a long ago repro that was straightned/refinished and guards are reconditioned originals. I ended up contouring (read: grinding) the guard seat to match the bumper. I learned the hard way that the guard should be fitted to the bumper before re-chroming.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 01, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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Nice answer Carl. That's what I thought. So did you grind off enough to bring it to the top edge of the bumper or did it go past the edge when you where done?

Thnx for the quick response
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 01, 06:31 AM
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Most 67/68 guards fit poorly.I have a old GM bumper and Nos guards same problem! The more you tighten the guards down the more they dig into the bumper.They will get close,3/32 of a inch to 1/16 gap.Make sure they are where you want them before you do this or you will have nice marks in your bumper.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 01, 08:16 AM
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The rears fit perfect. They are fully seated on the "point" of the bumper. The 1/4" vertical section at the leading edge on the top of the guard seat is 1/8" short of the edge (closest to the body) of the bumper.

On the front the guard is fully seated and 3/8" short of the edge.

I only ground off enough to make the guard seat on the point of the bumper and let the length fall where it may. Be carfull that you countour the seat so that the brackets fit on the body flush without having to flex the bumper.

Steve brings states a good point. Don't try and force the guard into place. It will damage the chrome.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 8th, 01, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Well just lightly putting them on has scratched the chrome already. I'll get the old die grinder and hopefully not get too agressive. It's neat how fast this stuff tears apart but it sure goes back together slowly.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 21st, 05, 04:31 AM
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Re: Fitting of new rear bumper guards

You have to hand file them into a secure no gap fit . I,ve done several pairs, with great comments. Even repo ones will fit correctly if files down.....
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