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Original Rear Bumper Restoration

PostPost by: EPC 394J » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:25 pm

Just wondering if what I have just removed from my car (with the nice little 'lip' all the way round the bottom) is scrap, or is any company/person able to restore/repair it. I have a repro one which seems to fit moderately well, but it's definitely a little different.
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PostPost by: cal44 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:35 am

Yep........that can be repaired. Unless you can form and weld you'll need a shop to do it. At what cost?
As to that, I got nothin'.

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PostPost by: EPC 394J » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:23 pm

Mike

Great, I guess I'll keep it then.

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PostPost by: Bud English » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:02 pm

Just to give you an idea of what can be done, here's a short video from one of your countrymen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGElSHzm0q8
David Gardiner is a true craftsman and also teaches his art through classes and videos. He is a frequent poster to my second favorite forum, http://allmetalshaping.com .
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PostPost by: RichC » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:26 pm

suspect it will be cheaper to get a better s/h original and rechrome . That's what i've ended up doing.
I had a bumper which was holed but not as extensively as yours . What i noticed was how light it was when compared to same bumper without corrosion ...i.e. there was thinning as well as the holes .
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:58 pm

From memory, wasn't a Plus 2 rear bumper a Riley Elf bumper cut in half and extended?
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PostPost by: RichC » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:01 pm

correct! or wolseley hornet (bit cheaper no wooden dash) . I have one up in the loft in good nick and original plan was to cut good bit out of my original and extend it to fit... but do uknowwhat ? life's too short .
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PostPost by: RichC » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:07 pm

actually, it's not a centre piece that has to be put in ... it's two pieces outboard of the number plate lights .... otherwise u have numberplate lights in completely the wrong place lol!
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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:05 am

Salut

Anorak question: did the original have two square grommets on the extremities ? Can one buy/make these ?

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