Has anyone come across a bolt-on European style front and back bumperettes that does not require body modifications and filling holes left behind by the L style bumpers? Ones that actually look good too, obviously.
I'm pretty sure Kirk Evans made the only ones that were bolt on... and some people like them, some people don't. I ended up just making a smaller version of the L bumper with different angle, and I'm pretty happy with it. Here's a couple pics with it compared to the L and the pre-L bumperettes.
joules"Racing is Life, anything before or after is just waiting" - Steve McQueen
I'm in the camp of not really liking Kirk's bumperettes (he makes great products and good quality) but these just look like someone hacked the oem L bumper off in the middle. My solution was to use the leftover holes to mount small PIAA driving lights on the front and additional LED brake lights on the rear.
Joules, thank you for your photo. Last night I did a preliminary quick check behind my bumper and I do not see the larger hole where you have a small light installed. My car is a European one that was imported to the U.S. and not sold by a Lincoln/Ford dealership (as I outlined in another post titled History of Chassis 02778) , so I think maybe originally it had the bumperettes and when transformed to the GT5 body in the 80s, this larger L-bumper was put on. Heaven knows why. If that is the case, then I imagine it would be much easier to take off this big bumper and install "eyebrow" bumperettes without having to do body work and fill in the larger holes, which don't seem to be there on my car. I won't know for sure until I remove the entire bumper, which I hope to do this week. Really crossing my fingers on this one.
My 74 Euro Pantera was delivered from the factory with small chrome bumpers. Later the car was privately imported to the US in the mid 80's and they had to put big bumpers on it to get it into the country. Their bumper conversion pretty much looked like factory work except that the two holes for the small bumper remained. I brought the car back to small chrome bumpers two years ago. Here are a couple of photos that might help with your effort. I had to weld over two small holes along with the large hole for the shock.
So my front bumper is definitely polyurethane or some sort of soft rubber. It is held on by three small bolts on each side and no shock. Took some photos of the back and also looking down from the top.
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