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plimthing
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:45 pm    Post subject: 72 Bumper and brackets Reply with quote

Hi All
Has anyone got a good photo of a 72 rear bumper and its brackets please?
My Van didn't come with one so I have nothing to go from when looking at online vendors photo's
I think ive found a bumper at JustKampers UK , but cannot seem to find any brackets.

All help greatly received

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Tony Plimmer
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:33 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 Bumper and brackets Reply with quote

Lots of good pics in these bumper topics: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/search.php?searc..._chars=200
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:29 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 Bumper and brackets Reply with quote

Ok thanks for info. Looks like no one is selling those in UK. So.. Can I use another year and get freaky and adapt them to fit? I read that the hole pitch for the bumper is different because of the type4 engine ??? As mine has the Type 1 engine fitted would mine be different. Also if that's all that's different , I can just drill new holes and fill unwanted ones?
Anyone done this?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 Bumper and brackets Reply with quote

If the bus was built 8/71 or later the frame spacing is wider and the area the bumper bolts to is shorter and further back, doesn't matter what engine it came with.
If you are crafty with metal a pair of later 73-79 brackets will fit the frame, saw the ends off and graft on the ends from 68-71 brackets, then redrill a 68-71 blade. Splitbus blades will work too if you grind out the mounts inside and fill some holes.
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