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Why, oh why!

Does a simple job as taking off the bumpers to a '62 vette, having them rechromed, and placing them back on have to be such a bitch?

1. Nothing lines up again. Nothing.
2. Missing bolts, lock washers, nuts from previous resto. Hardware run, twice.
3. New special package of bolts have incorrect threads and no nuts!
4. Nothing lines up again.
5. Nothing lines up again.
6. Fuck this should be simple!

Sniff, sniff, I love the modern computer aided cars! Shit lines up!
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Hmm, that is odd. My 68 w108 isn't computer designed, and I have swaped bumpers, fenders, trim you name it. and it always lines up.

Could they have dropped your bumper or the like?

BTW, how much does that run? My dad is going to need some chrome work on his ponton soon.

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The bumpers are fine, its just that the bumper supports go a little nutsy after being unbolted from the bumpers. Old straight axle vettes are made quite different than modern day cars. Think fiberglass surrounding 1950 mechanical architecture. Honestly it is a job that you could never convince anyone that it is ridiculously time consuming.

I got all six bumper pieces done for $450.00 in Dallas at a little shop no one knows about. It doesn't even have a name but they do far better than average rechrome, although not screaming show quality. Lets just say they typically do it as good or better than original and their prices are very competitive. Remind me in a couple of weeks when I am back in Dallas and I can get you their number if you like.
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I was made in 62 and I don't line up either. It was a bad year for lining up.

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It was a bad year for lining up.
You're right. 82 was much better.

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You're right. 82 was much better.
Joo got dat right, mang.


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I was made in 62 aswell ! , and I think what TK meant was he's always in a lineup

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I bet TK would make the usual suspects list. Done with the vette. Next the tach, then the broken stud, then....
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The bumpers are fine, its just that the bumper supports go a little nutsy after being unbolted from the bumpers. Old straight axle vettes are made quite different than modern day cars. Think fiberglass surrounding 1950 mechanical architecture. Honestly it is a job that you could never convince anyone that it is ridiculously time consuming.

I got all six bumper pieces done for $450.00 in Dallas at a little shop no one knows about. It doesn't even have a name but they do far better than average rechrome, although not screaming show quality. Lets just say they typically do it as good or better than original and their prices are very competitive. Remind me in a couple of weeks when I am back in Dallas and I can get you their number if you like.
Good price on the Chrome. I can't find a good chromer anywhere around here with EPA regs. Also, please PM number up this way.

Regarding the 62 bolts and stuff, does MidAmerica have bolt sets for stuff like that? Back when I was doing a 65 [back in the late 80's] they, and Ecklers both had stainless bolt sets available. If you have to do it again, tack weld a bar across the braces before removing the bumpers and they will stay in place better. Mine did the same thing. It ends up being like knock kneed girls in the front until they get squared up.

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My parents did the nasty in 62 too.
If I ever get a Corvette I would get a 69 stingray because I have a toy just like it and it does look nice.
Right now I am having an itch for a restoration on a 911. I am sure all I can afford is a rolling chassis from the eighties then slowly dress it up with a rebuilt engine and custom interior. Maybe I should sell the rx7 and get this project going, what do you think?
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