Wagon Rear Bumper Fillers?

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Jack,

That work is outstanding my friend.
I passed on a factory 4 speed wagon because to fix a windshield rust issue it would take an A post (from the cowl) to B post roof section. :shock:
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY more work than I wanted.
Now I see I could have just sent it to you to be fixed!

8) bukweet
Hi Charlie,
Happy New Year, my friend. Thank you for the compliments.. :oops:
Was the 4-spd wagon a local find? Sounds like the rust traveled a bit on that one. I have already repaired some rust in one A-pillar and windshield frame. I also had to put a small patch in the roof.
How was the car overall?
Thank you for posting the link on the bumper fillers. That certainly gives Scott another option. A less invasive one at that..

Jack
 

Longroof79

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REAR BUMPER FILLERS........all three pieces.

Near the bottom of this page: http://www.replica-plastics.com/EditPar ... =Chevrolet
Excellent! Thanks for the link (and I do care). I haven't talked to my body guy yet about tucking the bumpers, but this gives me the option to keeping them the way they are if he doesn't want to attempt it and if having them re-cromed will be out of my budget.

Scott
Scott,
That might be a more viable option for you. Certainly alot less work than cutting and sectioning bumpers...and deciding whether to paint or chrome them. Trust me, I spent alot of hours cutting, grinding, welding... and more cutting and welding.
 
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i was getting rid of the chrome on my el camino anyhow but still it was a lot of work narrowing it..its totally worth it in my opinion. i can't imagine the cost to rechrome it though. #-o
 

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melloelky said:
i was getting rid of the chrome on my el camino anyhow but still it was a lot of work narrowing it..its totally worth it in my opinion. i can't imagine the cost to rechrome it though. #-o
Oh, so you did do the bumpers on your Elky. Could you post a pic of your car with the bumpers done? I agree, it's alot of work, but well worth it. I like the way it looks and don't regret it for a minute.
Have you checked out the chrome paint process? I'll tell you, it's very impressive stuff. I may consider it yet.. ;)
 

Wagon Master

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That might be a more viable option for you. Certainly alot less work than cutting and sectioning bumpers...and deciding whether to paint or chrome them. Trust me, I spent alot of hours cutting, grinding, welding... and more cutting and welding.
Well, I finally got around to talk to my body guy and it looks like I'll be getting the bumper fillers (thanks to Charile!). He says it's someting that he hasn't done before and is not sure how it will come out or how long it will take, plus he doesn't even know of a local chome shop anymore as the local and EPA rules has pretty much put them out of business in NJ.

So as much as I love the look of the tucked bumpers, I'm going to take the easy (and cheaper) way out. Maybe I'll do it sometime in the future when my bank account recovers after this project.

Thanks guys. I really appreicate all the help and suggestions!

Scott
 

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Scott,
I think you made the right decision. Like you said, it could always be done at a later time. Besides, cutting, welding,grinding and fitting the bumpers is a time consuming job. . Not to talk you out of it, but your car will be road ready alot sooner with just replacing the fillers.
Good luck man! Post some pics after the car is painted.
 

Wagon Master

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Yea, I think I did make the right decision. I've been working on this wagon for quite a while and it hasn't seen the road for years. I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and am anxious to finally get it on the road this spring. I'll post some pictures when I get it home.

Thanks again,
Scott
 

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melloelky said:
i was getting rid of the chrome on my el camino anyhow but still it was a lot of work narrowing it..its totally worth it in my opinion. i can't imagine the cost to rechrome it though. #-o
Oh, so you did do the bumpers on your Elky. Could you post a pic of your car with the bumpers done? I agree, it's alot of work, but well worth it. I like the way it looks and don't regret it for a minute.
Have you checked out the chrome paint process? I'll tell you, it's very impressive stuff. I may consider it yet.. ;)
i don't have any pictures of it with the bumpers on..i only brought the bumper in an inch on each side.i still got the fillers,i trimmed them down a bit.it looks a lot cleaner.i frenched the plate in the bumper too.the rear bumper i filled the bumper bolts too.i only narrowed the front bumper,the rear on the elky seemed pretty close to the 1/4's to start out,you almost can't see those fillers on the car to start,they look like an after thought to me.
 

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The frenched front plate looks great! I also see you filled in the emblem area on the header panel. I had the body shop fill mine in too.
 

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Very nice work. On an Elky, the rear bumper probably doesn't need to be narrowed that much, if any, considering it has the lower protrusions in the quarter panels.
I like the frenched license plate pocket up front. Fortunately, down here we don't use a front tag. I have originally thought of frenching the rear license plate pocket in the bumper, but there's really not alot of meat around that area of the rear bumper.
The rear bumper with the flush welded bolts looks a heck of a lot better than those ugly heads sticking out. And again, worth the extra work.
I think it will look great with the trimmed down fillers. NILABU (Steve) did an awesome job on his. He also retained the fillers, and trimmed the bumpers marginally.
I'm looking forward to seeing the bumpers on your car...I'm sure you are too. :lol:

Incidently, I also filled in the emblem hole on the ('81) header panel. Looks way better in my opinion.
 

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:) thanks,i never liked the look of the plate on the front of the g body bumpers.and unfortunately around here they frown on
no front plate on cars so i just embraced it.it's not bad just wish i didn't have to have one on the front.i have followed NILABU's car it's sweet,and the bumper work is awesome.you guys are right the header panels do look better without an emblem.it looks good.even if I'm using a 4 headlight.I'm sure you guys can see past that some day...and yes i can't wait till I'm at the point where i can hang my bumpers on,the garage I'm working out of is a little tight so i can't put the nose on yet.everything in time i guess.keep the pictures coming Jack it's good to see.
 

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Many of these "styling" features were an "afterthought" in my opinion. Any subtle changes are a definite improvement as far as I'm concerned.
And again, I like your frenched in license plate bucket.
At one point I thought of buying a steel streetrod metal pocket to weld into my tailgate. I have thought of eliminating the plastic POS, But I think I might end up just painting it.
I know what you mean about the lack of space. I have a two car garage, but it's filled up, even with my wagon sitting outdoors. I would like like to build a spraybooth. It will probably be in the garage, which will entail removing everything to make room...or I can assemble one outside. The weather hasn't been as mild and consistent as last winter.
Are you using a 4-headlight header panel? They do look good, especially with a nice custom tube grille...and a pair of Euro style headlamps.
How far along are you on your car?
You gotta excuse me... :? I forgot your name...old age... :roll:
 

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Longroof79 said:
Many of these "styling" features were an "afterthought" in my opinion. Any subtle changes are a definite improvement as far as I'm concerned.
And again, I like your frenched in license plate bucket.
At one point I thought of buying a steel streetrod metal pocket to weld into my tailgate. I have thought of eliminating the plastic POS, But I think I might end up just painting it.
I know what you mean about the lack of space. I have a two car garage, but it's filled up, even with my wagon sitting outdoors. I would like like to build a spraybooth. It will probably be in the garage, which will entail removing everything to make room...or I can assemble one outside. The weather hasn't been as mild and consistent as last winter.
Are you using a 4-headlight header panel? They do look good, especially with a nice custom tube grille...and a pair of Euro style headlamps.
How far along are you on your car?
You gotta excuse me... :? I forgot your name...old age... :roll:
haha yes gm has always had a lot after thoughts.i thought about using a steel box in the tailgate for the plate but i like the shape of the oe plate bucket.i painted mine too.that plate bucket is actually all chrome,it's just painted black and they masked the outline of it.yea I'm running the 4 headlight set up,i dechromed the grille and headlight bezels.i only have a picture the grille to show you but I'm digging the look so far,it pops!love the contrast
.as far as the car goes,Ive got the dash column in,i just removed the headliner for a better one.i assembled the interior and the headliner i bought hung down so bad it wouldn't allow the visors to move all the way.so,the interior was together minus the carpet and seats.
your not the only one with a full garage,i share mine so I'm limited.
i have a fan in one corner that's worked for me painting in the past,the garage was much cleaner when the car was on the rotisserie.i could see making a makeshift booth outside in the MUCH better weather,where make up heat wouldn't be an issue.there's a lot to be said about making your own booth,it does work.just gotta use ur head and be smart with it.living in New England and doing it isn't as much fun as people think.I'm sure in your part of the world it would be more feasible too.if you do it let me know, it's possible to get good results.
Chris
 

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Chris,
Thanks for sharing the pics. It looks like you're going with the mono-chromatic look. It should look good when it's all together. I guess you're doing a body-off on your car. I would have liked to have gone that way, but it's a matter of time and space...and $$$. Using a rotisserie is a great tool. It beats having to lay on your back, and puts you in a good comfortable position to access the bottoms of the floors for repair and painting.
As for the spraybooth, I may still do it indoors using 1" PVC pipe for the frame work, and plastic sheeting (visquene)for the tent portion. I'm still working out the logistics.
Keep up the good work, buddy. We'll all get there eventually.
 

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yea i like it so far.yea it kinda turned into a body off and the space opened up and the rotisserie was a fixer upper for 500 bucks and the space I'm sharing is with my buddy, who's 66 mustang is next so i couldn't pass.it'll fit on there nice.
money is a huge thing,that's why I'm STILL!! working on it.sounds like your on the right track with the booth.thanks for the kind words,us guys gotta stick together.
 

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Chris,
It looks like the body is already painted. Is the next step bolting the body to the frame? You're fortunate to have garage space. Many guys would kill to have that. So we're lucky in that respect.
Having unlimited funds would make things go quicker, but we do what we gotta do,
You're right man. Us guys have to stick together.
I'll keep you informed on any new developments.
 

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the body's on and it's all painted but i can't assemble the nose and hang the doors due to space.thanks for the kind words.and yes it's a slow road.what can you do?keep up the good work.
 

Wagon Master

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Yea, i know about taking the slow road. The way I look at, to keep me sane and not get overwhelmed, is that anything I do on the car, no matter how small, is one step closer to getting the car on the road.

I love the way the grill came out. I too think the mono-chromatic look is going to look great. I had a 89 Chevy C1500 in red with the sport package which removed all the chrome trim and painted the bumper and mirriors which had a similar mono look which i like.
 

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Scott,
You're absolutely right. Any small task that you accomplish on the car, is still one less thing that has to be addressed...and all those small tasks sure add up, don't they :?
It does seem overwhelming at times, but sometimes you just have to walk away and take a breather...then go back to it when you feel up to it.
 

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I know it's been a few years, Scott.
I came across this old thread and was wondering how you made out with your wagon redo.
Hope you're still around and enjoying your ride.
I repainted mine a few years back. I'll see if I can post a few pics. If you see this post and want to say "HI", that would be great. 8)
Jack