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Andy_A
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 8:50 pm    Post subject: Rear bumper brackets Reply with quote

O.K., i have a request for everyone. I know that one or both of my rear bumper brackets are bent because the are not in the same positon, and the bumper rides so high that my deck lid cannot be closed, I was hoping that someone could either tell me the angles, as maybe the two bends are at 90 degrees? Or if someone could take a picture of one laying on it's side so I can get the angles right. Thanks, Andy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would pull the bumper and see if the mounts are messed up from a hit before I go trying to bend the brackets. lay the bumper down on a level surface and see if it's straight or if the ends point up or down. If its straight, reinstall it.

If the mounts are tweaked then the quick fix is washers stacked until the bumper looks right. If the bumper ends point up or down then the brackets are bent. Easy fix is to step on the end thats pointing up or to pull up on an end pointing down to tweak the bracket a bit.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in the same position - scored a nice rear bumper with tweaked brackets at a swap meet, and am still trying to get it figured out. I think what I will end up doing is beat them into as close a shape as possible, then putting both brackets on the bumper, attaching one to the body, then trying to wiggle everything into position...the mounts I have aren't bad enough to justify buying new ones...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the same problem, on a 66 delux, what is the clearance between the bumper and the bottom of the deck lid? I have to stand on the bumber to get enough clearance for the lid to open, so I have now taken the bumper off. Also, my bumber has two holes drilled through it, why would someone have done that?

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The holes are so someone who is really cheap can put a beetle muffler and tailpipes on. The pee shooters would stick out those holes.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone else found that the WW rear bumper brackets cause the rear bumper tips to point downward way too much.

A few years ago I used a pair to mount the bumper on my '65 panel. I ended up using a bottle jack to lift the tips up to the body to bolt them in place (with splash pans). I chalked it up to a somewhat tweaked rear bumper.

Recently I test fit a set of WW rear bumper brackets using a nice straight rear slash tip bumper blade on my '61. They were way off. I can even see how off they are with the straight bumper sitting on the ground, the mount brackets point up at way too much of an angle. I can get a pix if need be.

Should I just try to find some straight OG brackets? or does someone else make a better repro one?

suppose I should just call splitpile...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i had some really messed up brackets that i straightened up using a really straight on for a pattern. used the torch and a monkey wrench to correct the twist and a hammer/anvil to starighten them out a bit. when installed they were real close. i ended up having to bend them apart a bit, and jump on the bumper once installed to bring it down some. i would imagine the repo brackets would bend even easier.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:53 am    Post subject: Re: Rear bumper brackets Reply with quote

I have one NOS rear bumper mount and one original that was on my bus.

The other original to my bus is all bent up and has been welded back together from a previous hit. It was poorly fixed and is just not right.

I was getting ready to media blast them and I noticed the NOS is slightly longer than the original one by 1/4". NOS one is the gray one, the black one the original.

Am I correct to assume that since the holes to mount the brackets are slotted, it will be ok that one is slightly longer by 1/4"? I can just mount the longer one 1/4" back so the brackets are even?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear bumper brackets Reply with quote

Your black bracket has had a little bit of a parking lot bender- indicated by the slight flaring at the rearmost bend. The silver one is quite straight- and as a result, does not sit flat on the bottom of the screen- lower left. Clamp both of these brackets side by side to a bench and you'll quickly see they are not parallel on the middle transition or the final straight section at the bumper bracket- then measure and compare the widths of the flared bends. Sometimes you can use a vise and mash those flares a little closer and undo the accordion-shaped damage to the bracket. If you can straighten the black bracket it will come closer to the silver as a match.

Also, the silver one is not NOS- they did not come from the factory with washer scratches. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Rear bumper brackets Reply with quote

hitest wrote:
Also, the silver one is not NOS- they did not come from the factory with washer scratches. Wink



Thank you for the tip about straightening it out, I'll try that now.

Just an FYI, it is a NOS bracket. I bought it from a reputable source on here who has sold thousands of parts to many customers. I know for a fact he would not try to pull the wool over my eyes; he's an honest, well respected fella.

You can still even see a blob of weld in one of the holes where a bolt has never even been put through the hole with factory gray on it. What you thought was washer marks is just surface rust from age.

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