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Narrowing the bumpers

Post by Betcha618 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:35 pm

decided to narrow the bumpers before painting the car. Still a ways from paint but getting there,

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left side stock, right side narrowed::
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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by Betcha618 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:45 pm

Now the front::

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we also moved the front bumper back one inch
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then just finish welding everything up::
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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by 80malibucoup » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:24 pm

I was thinking of doing the same thing,but i just did know how much to take out. Can you give me some specs on how much you took out? How did you bring the front bumper in 1 inch? I was thinking 1 1/2 inch on both sides,but wasn't sure.

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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by nillabu » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:16 pm

Great work and looks great =D> I pretty much did the same thing with my 80. I only took 1 1/8" from each end and also moved the bumpers in closer by 1/2". Had to fab new rear mounts as the alum. was too far gone. Trimmd the end and horizontal fillers back to fit also. Rechroming cost me a small fortune :-& Plan on paint or chrome? Nice job!!!

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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by Betcha618 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:05 am

skayser2 wrote:Great work and looks great =D> I pretty much did the same thing with my 80. I only took 1 1/8" from each end and also moved the bumpers in closer by 1/2". Had to fab new rear mounts as the alum. was too far gone. Trimmd the end and horizontal fillers back to fit also. Rechroming cost me a small fortune :-& Plan on paint or chrome? Nice job!!!

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We are planning on painting them.
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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by nillabu » Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:46 pm

That'll look great! Nice work. Will wait for the pictures when all's done.

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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by Betcha618 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:46 am

We still have tons of body work to do on the doors and the front end. Its getting done slowly but surely.
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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by Brown_Gbody » Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:08 am

I too am a big fan of the narrowed bumpers.... Nice job..
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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by Betcha618 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:28 am

thanks.
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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by psychomotors » Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:18 am

Very Nice! I am thinking og doing my 79 also,now.

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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by 44-bu » Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:34 pm

That look's sweet. I like that look. really clean lines. nice work also, like all the pic's.
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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by 80malibucoup » Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:17 pm

skayser2 wrote:Great work and looks great =D> I pretty much did the same thing with my 80. I only took 1 1/8" from each end and also moved the bumpers in closer by 1/2". Had to fab new rear mounts as the alum. was too far gone. Trimmd the end and horizontal fillers back to fit also. Rechroming cost me a small fortune :-& Plan on paint or chrome? Nice job!!!

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Do you you have some pictures of the full front and rear of your car?? I would really like to get a better idea of how mine would turn out. You said you only took out 1 1/8th of material. How far in did you go and the support behind the bumper how did you get it to line up to the mounting holes?

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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by Betcha618 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:04 am

80malibucoup wrote:Do you you have some pictures of the full front and rear of your car?? I would really like to get a better idea of how mine would turn out. You said you only took out 1 1/8th of material. How far in did you go and the support behind the bumper how did you get it to line up to the mounting holes?


Due to the age of these cars and metal fatigue over the years, I wouldn't go by other peoples measurements. I took a different amount out of each side to get both the same. Best way to do it is mount the bumper on the car, measure how much you want to take out from each side. then cut.

as per the mounting holes, if you start your cut right where the corner is (where it first straightens out), you dont go into the mounting holes at all. Also, just a FYI when you narrow the front bumper, you will have to set the bumper back at least a 1/2 inch to get the sides back where they belong. due to the 'v' shape of the front bumper, when you take 1-2 inches out of the bumper the sides move forward about a 1/2 inch.
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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by nillabu » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:33 am

"Due to the age of these cars and metal fatigue over the years, I wouldn't go by other peoples measurements. I took a different amount out of each side to get both the same. Best way to do it is mount the bumper on the car, measure how much you want to take out from each side. then cut.

as per the mounting holes, if you start your cut right where the corner is (where it first straightens out), you dont go into the mounting holes at all. Also, just a FYI when you narrow the front bumper, you will have to set the bumper back at least a 1/2 inch to get the sides back where they belong. due to the 'v' shape of the front bumper, when you take 1-2 inches out of the bumper the sides move forward about a 1/2 inch"


Yep, exactly what Betcha618 said. Hate to highjack his thread cause he's doing it the right way. Did all my measurements with the full bumpers on. Did my cuts on a band saw though. As far as pushing mine in the 1/2", I ordered (from TNT) shorter mounts to replace the standard length shocks and bolted the fronts right up. The rear mount plates were too far gone so I fabbed (minus the 1/2") new ones from mild steel, and used the stock shocks. The proper angle is built into these plates.

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Don't intend to high jack your thread Betcha618. I like your work and think it'll look great! Can't wait to see the final paint and assembly. I'll dissappear into the background after this.

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Jeep steering shaft up-grade-Narrowed & Rechromed Bumpers
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Re: Narrowing the bumpers

Post by Betcha618 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:42 am

No need to apologize. I posted this thread to show what i did and maybe give others ideas and motivation to do theirs. I am in no way an expert, this was my first time. Learning as i go. I hope any one else with experience doing this posts what they have done too. Maybe someone else thought of something we didn't.
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