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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:34 pm    Post subject: Bumper question From j5 again... Reply with quote

i have this bumper on my rear and a straight uncut one on the front...

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and i want to do a brush guard/pre-runner deal

any help?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm confused as to what kind of help you are asking for.

Do you want to trade your current bumpers for prerunner/brush guard, modify them, or just buy some prerunner bumpers and or a brush guard?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bumper you posted is the correct front bumper with a homemade brush guard.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:39 am    Post subject: Re: which bumpers are right? Reply with quote

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i have this bumper on my front and a straight uncut one on the rear...


Fixed it for ya...

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and i want to do a brush guard/pre-runner deal

any help


If you want to convert your stock bumper to pre-runner deal, you can ad this :
http://www.thethingshop.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=181FBD
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You think his front push bar is home made? If it is the same guy must have made mine.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^I like the license plate. Tony would be proud.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a number of front push bars for the stock Thing bumper. One of them was a dealer option. See below this option from the 1973 Thing options brochure

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprised Surprised

nooooo i have a uncut bumper no holes nothing on the front no tow holes things...

and the rear has the tow holes... but also muffler holes and no key hole.... im saying i want to use the thing shops prerunner/ brush graud but it looks like it needs the front bumper to have some square hole with a big rod in the middle...

pictures the only way anyone will understand

the rear bumpers
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front bumper
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the pic in your post, thats not your front bumper?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have seen folks remove a damaged bumper beam from the mounts and ends and weld a new section of channel steel as a new beam. They often come out very nice.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So the pic in your post, thats not your front bumper?


no it was to dark outside to take pics so i grabed one out of the gallery but i dont have this type of bumber so im wondering why i dont...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i dont have this type of bumper so im wondering why i don't...


well after five, or ten, or twelve, or fifteen owners, shit happens....
we're talking about 35 and 36 year old vehicles here, not a $10,000 Nissan Versa to can buy right now.

Did the previous owner guarantee you the car he sold you had all its OEM equipment?
You have whatever you have, its that simple.
The positive side is you have a bumper................right???
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ztnoo wrote:
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i dont have this type of bumper so im wondering why i don't...


well after five, or ten, or twelve, or fifteen owners, shit happens....
we're talking about 35 and 36 year old vehicles here, not a $10,000 Nissan Versa to can buy right now.

Did the previous owner guarantee you the car he sold you had all its OEM equipment?
You have whatever you have, its that simple.
The positive side is you have a bumper................right???


yea i know im wondering what my options are for a simple brush gaurd not something welded on to it ...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

j5josher wrote:
im wondering what my options are for a simple brush gaurd not something welded on to it ...


Welding and/or drilling holes to attach a brush guard is not a crime, especially on a car that is pink and holds together with straps...
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So I guess you can attach whatever brush guard you want, don't be shy... Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pierre G wrote:
j5josher wrote:
im wondering what my options are for a simple brush gaurd not something welded on to it ...


Welding and/or drilling holes to attach a brush guard is not a crime, especially on a car that is pink and holds together with straps...
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So I guess you can attach whatever brush guard you want, don't be shy... Wink



hey now it takes a man to drive a pink car held together with duck tape and straps... hood flying up is a bad experience so i dont want to even have that chance again... the latch is gone....

well thanks i guess thats what i'll do...

just worried that bumpers like that are rare or special...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it were me, before I worried about all the pre-runner stuff I'd concentrate on a new hood latch and cable. That red cargo strap really clashes with the pink.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If it were me, before I worried about all the pre-runner stuff I'd concentrate on a new hood latch and cable. That red cargo strap really clashes with the pink.


its flashy orange... i have the front verco one that works great but im keeping tools and parts in there now so the strap has to be used... hood is also bent upwards.... might just use some hood pins...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

j5josher wrote:

well thanks i guess thats what i'll do...

just worried that bumpers like that are rare or special...


Yes they are rare (a Thing is sort of rare these days), and special as Thing only parts. BUT, yours don't seem to be in perfect shape. Anyway, if you don't want to ruin them, remove and fab, or have fabricated a custom front bumper, prerunner style, out of tubes, welded on a square metal section, bolted to the 4 big bolts of the front beam. That's what I did. The front beam is a much stronger part to attach a bumper than the inner front valance. This way, you can store your OG bumper and keep it untouched to go back to stock one day. But like Captain' said, fix that hood latch and cable first...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

j5josher wrote:
Pierre G wrote:
j5josher wrote:
im wondering what my options are for a simple brush gaurd not something welded on to it ...


Welding and/or drilling holes to attach a brush guard is not a crime, especially on a car that is pink and holds together with straps...
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


So I guess you can attach whatever brush guard you want, don't be shy... Wink



hey now it takes a man to drive a pink car held together with duck tape and straps... hood flying up is a bad experience so i dont want to even have that chance again... the latch is gone....

well thanks i guess thats what i'll do...

just worried that bumpers like that are rare or special...


If you are worried about the chance of the hood coming up again then again... I would worry about the hood latch before I worry about bumpers... I'm sure that a latch is relatively cheap... probably less than those straps!
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

okay well i final made my tube bumber... freee so its good enough for me...

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now the hard part and the problem is my bumper brackets are shot the bolts and nut in them have broke the welds and just turn... had to troch the nuts off... anyone seen how fast bondo burns...

so how would i fix these without buying these http://www.thethingshop.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=181805627TM
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i was thinking knock the old one s off and weld a nut inside like those and just weld the whole thing back up would that work?

and how do i get it off?

and i made this new bumper brackets think they look nice?
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