Hi All,

I have a new 1972 Pantera project car #2695. It is a 20 year old father/son project that stalled. The car is completely disassembled. It came with a set of L bumpers and thus I assumed that is was an L car especially since it has the cutouts in the body for the big bumpers mounts. I was perplexed that holes in the body for small 71/72 bumpers had been welded over and dismissed them as a change done at the factory. I am now aware that the first L car was #4269, and I am now surmising that someone maybe felt left behind and switched from small bumpers to L bumpers. Below is a pic of two of the bumper mounts that came with the car, perhaps from a car much later than 1972. Does anyone recognize these bumper mounts? Are for the front or rear, and what year?

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Those are the shock units for the rear bumper.

2511 was originally a chrome bumper car, but had the later impact bumpers installed when purchased by me. An old timer owner once told me that when the newer model Pantera arrived some owners of the earlier cars did not want to be driving the "old" version and converted to the L model bumpers.

Of course many owners now remove the later bumpers in favor of the small chrome versions.

Just another example of adding your personal touches to suit yourself.

Larry
As Larry noted, those are for the rear.

I replaced the shock absorbent function with tubes and moved my L bumper much closer to the body. I think it looks better that way.

Check my thread on 5357.

5357, Pg 31

I had the rear bumper powder coated. I am hoping no one will smash into my car in the back at less than 5 mph.....

Rocky
Larry, I also like the mini bumpers from Kirk. I guess if I had an L I would go the mini bumpers route. The reason I made my comment above as mostly due to the fact that Steve's car is not an L and is supposed to have the small bumpers. I figure why not put it back the way it came.
Hi Tony,

I am definitely putting it back to original small bumpers. The body shop that worked on the car on many years back already removed the mounts for the L bumpers. And the car came with a set of small bumpers along with the L bumpers. The decision was a lot easier once I figured out that this is a pre-L car.

Thanks, Steve
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Originally posted by LF - TP 2511:

Hmmmm?

I feel some color Panteras do quite nicely with the later bumpers. Other colors, not so much.

I'm personally fond of the mini-bumpers offered by Kirk Evans.

Larry


What's the front spoiler / air dam on that gray car, if I may ask?
Sold by Dennis Quella, about $100.

Called air dam early GTS (no holes),available in fiberglass or a more flexible ABS plastic version.

The spoiler is completely flat and I've always installed mine with sheet metal screws, although small nuts and bolts are shipped with the spoiler. Dennis will advise filling the small gaps between the spoiler and the body with black silicone, however I omit that step and find the inevitable replacement made much easier without having to deal with removing the old silicone.

When installed correctly, that is high enough so it doesn't scrape on everything in front of it, I seem to get 3 to 5 years of life out of the ABS versions. Eventually the occasional curb and driveway contacts inflict enough flex to create damage and replacement.

It is probably the most subtle spoiler offered by the vendors, is effective to keep the front end down at speed, affordable and relatively easy to install.

Larry
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Originally posted by LF - TP 2511:
Sold by Dennis Quella, about $100.

Called air dam early GTS (no holes),available in fiberglass or a more flexible ABS plastic version.

The spoiler is completely flat and I've always installed mine with sheet metal screws, although small nuts and bolts are shipped with the spoiler. Dennis will advise filling the small gaps between the spoiler and the body with black silicone, however I omit that step and find the inevitable replacement made much easier without having to deal with removing the old silicone.

When installed correctly, that is high enough so it doesn't scrape on everything in front of it, I seem to get 3 to 5 years of life out of the ABS versions. Eventually the occasional curb and driveway contacts inflict enough flex to create damage and replacement.

It is probably the most subtle spoiler offered by the vendors, is effective to keep the front end down at speed, affordable and relatively easy to install.

Larry


Thanks for the info. I'll have to try to contact him when the time comes.

-Sami

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