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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:26 am    Post subject: Bumper straightening in Florida Reply with quote

I'm looking for someone to straighten my slash front bumper on my single cab. I am in Destin and would like to find someone in the Pensacola area, but really I will just take about anything within reasonable driving distance. I go to the east coast a lot so that isn't out of the question. I've called every body shop around here and nobody will do it.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check your yellow pages for shops that do "Chrome" work, especially ones that will do bumpers. Inquire with them if they are willing to fix your bumper for painting.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I already did that too. I have a feeling I need to either mail it off, or start looking for an NOS one. Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might try your local all car swap meets. You can ask other vintage car collectors about where they get their chrome done.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This would be your most cost effective way. I have used them before and they are pretty nice. I certainly would not pay shipping 2 ways and labor when these are available.

http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/cart/DetailsList.cfm?ID=213707105B
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow nice but has anyone bought one and can say if the gauge is the same? I can't seem to find the rear blade, anybody find it?


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This would be your most cost effective way. I have used them before and they are pretty nice. I certainly would not pay shipping 2 ways and labor when these are available.

http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/cart/DetailsList.cfm?ID=213707105B

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Have you considered simply starting with a nicer bus? I don't know what your skills are, but the race is easier if you can see the finish line. If you are not a runner, don't start off doing a marathon.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found the rear, now has anyone bought one and can explain if it is high quality?
http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/cart/DetailsList.cfm?ID=211707305B

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is it pointed or slash?

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Wow nice but has anyone bought one and can say if the gauge is the same? I can't seem to find the rear blade, anybody find it?


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This would be your most cost effective way. I have used them before and they are pretty nice. I certainly would not pay shipping 2 ways and labor when these are available.

http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/cart/DetailsList.cfm?ID=213707105B

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Have you considered simply starting with a nicer bus? I don't know what your skills are, but the race is easier if you can see the finish line. If you are not a runner, don't start off doing a marathon.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like slash waiting for reply and when they will be in stock, looks like it's time to break out my torch and repair mine Crying or Very sad

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Found the rear, now has anyone bought one and can explain if it is high quality?
http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/cart/DetailsList.cfm?ID=211707305B

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is it pointed or slash?

Linda Grunthaner wrote:
Wow nice but has anyone bought one and can say if the gauge is the same? I can't seem to find the rear blade, anybody find it?


roberto wrote:
This would be your most cost effective way. I have used them before and they are pretty nice. I certainly would not pay shipping 2 ways and labor when these are available.

http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/cart/DetailsList.cfm?ID=213707105B

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Front and rear are slash only. They are pretty good quality, heavy gauge, comparable to the OG.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:04 am    Post subject: bumper Reply with quote

I've never done a slash bumper. But I did two bumpers for my 66 westy. I had never done it before and just went at it. I grabbed a small sledge and struck the edge sharply where it was bent. I am still amazed at how straight I got it. The metal is fairly think which I think helps quite a bit.. I filled one minor dent with bondo, but I'll probably go back and remover it and try to get that out as well. I think if you give it a try, striking just the edges so as not to do further damage, you might just be surprised at how easliy the matal "remembers" its past shape.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

roberto wrote:
Front and rear are slash only. They are pretty good quality, heavy gauge, comparable to the OG.


When those first came out we got to handle them. Metal thinner and welds that are beads inches long on OG ones were just a few smaller areas instead.

Have heard more recently that they are still of thinner metal.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=402314&highlight=repro+bumper
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had Denver Bumper straighten and powder coat mine. You can see the before and after.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to WW bumpers and they are nice quality. I took my old banged up one and pounded it straight with a 2# sledge. Welded up holes and a big can opener rip on it. Tiny bit of body filler, high build primer and paint. I put it on the front of my bus trailer and it looks new. Easy fix that you can do yourself. Go for it!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They did a great job! I've seen others here show me their bumpers repaired and power coated or just painted professionally and they all look amazing actually better than new even. What I just don't understand is why I am still unable to locate someone in the north east to do the same work and save me on on shipping. The cost to make a set of bumpers look this good is certainly not cheap but when you add in the shipping round trip it is very costly. I travel from NJ to NYC weekly and still nobody has posted anyone to do this work in the northeast Shocked . I guess I need to go to some big American Car Show and ask the guys and gals with 50's American cars where they get their bumpers done. I'm assuming chrome shops which I am in the process of checking as we speak. I want my bumpers to look like your's Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just received a reply from WW and the bumpers will be in next week. Unfortunately, or for the early bus fans, fortunately...wink.... they are slash style Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen the WW ones in person. They are nice, but the overriders don't mount up right. I think I'll give the sledge a try. If it doesn't work I'll probably see about the Denver place. My parents live near there and I can probably get them to take them and pick them up for me. Thanks!
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