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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-17-2015, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for good W110 rear bumper

I have posted this in the for sale section, but I know some people don't always go there.


So, I am looking for a good usable rear bumper. I found some online, but, were too beat up. My W110 has a bumper, but it needs some love, and I want to see if it's better to repair or get a good used one.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-24-2015, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Going to respond to my own thread!

So, if no one has a good bumper, does anyone know a place in CA that will repair/restore the bumper?

Any ideas about cost? I got sight-unseen quotes from $300 to $2000. Both were not reasonable. $300 seemed WAY too lay, and $2000 is more than I valued the car, when i got it. (I will also have to redo the front bumper also, so, that would mean $4000! Ouch. Not going to happen at that price.)

I guess, I could do the old-school custom approach, and modify a chevy bumper to fit. Those can be had really cheap. (Anybody offended yet? )

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Getting hard to source good used parts for this car. A couple of years ago I was able to get a really good rear right bumper off ebay. I think it cost around $70. Keep checking and good luck.

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Someone was selling _decent_ stainless steel reproduction bumpers, I think from east asia, but I don't remember anymore than that. Reviews were good.

The bumpers you see on 110 cars and 111 cars at the junkyard are usually crap. Either they are worse than yours or they have been poorly rechromed and it's flaking off.

I don't know of a chrome shop in LA that does bumpers for sure, we used a shop that did some motorcycle smaller chrome pieces for us and it turned out quite well and has held up well. You might call and see if they do bumpers... And report back.

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Thanks Guys,

I remember looking at the stainless bumpers, and they price is right in the middle. (If I remember, around 1k per bumper.)

I would prefer keeping it a chrome original bumper. Second, would be a good used one. Finally, I would go with the stainless.

Did a quick search and found a place in the UK for the stainless, but no price. I remember a posting here where someone used the SS bumper, and they were happy with it.

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Here you go Brett - Mercedes W110 Fintail Bumpers | Harrington Group
I have these fitted to my car and they are fine for a non-concours cruiser. They are all hand-made so there are slight differences between each set. When fitting them, you need to do the following:
- put tape over the body panels to prevent scratches (ask me how I know)
- do all the bumper bolts up loosely and fit it to the car
- start to tighten the bolts evenly around and see how it is fitting, being careful not to let the bumper hit the paint. They may need a bit of persuasion to get good alignment with the body - do this by slight bends of the mounting areas, and the join between the two halves.
Note that the lustre of stainless is slightly different to high quality chrome, but I don't notice it on my driver car, especially as it is dirty most of the time.
Don't get them to make any trims that go around the base of the windows - a bunch of us in oz here got them to make some but they do not fit right.
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Thanks Drew,

Bookmarked and will see. Those are the ones I had found, but this has the price. I think the other sites were just retailers, and not direct.

I need to at least try and get a good quote on repair/rechrome on mine.

Hum. I need to take a picture of mine. They are not rusted, just have a couple of dents. Just want it to look better.

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Ok. Took some pictures of the front and rear bumper. And I think mine are probably in better shape than what you would find somewhere else. Just not perfect.

The front has a small dent on the corner, and the rear is the worst, with two larger dents.

See pics...

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Quick update: Found Plating shop in Fresno.

For the above bumpers, restore, and rechrome estimate: $1100. So, I will have the original bumpers.

New Age Plating. Fresno.

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