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‘73 specific bumper question
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‘73 began the reduced impact bumper standards so I am supposing ‘73s are different than ‘71-‘72s because of it.

My ‘73 front bumper is skooched back a bit and in other posts, I’ve read to use shims for adjustment.

What kind of shims? The first kind I think of are the tapered wood type you use in construction, and that can’t be right.

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That might be pushed in to far to shim out, you may need to pull the bumper arm out

There will be some adjustment on the two bolts into the frame - loosen them and see how far you can pull it forward.
Then
The arm going to the bumper will be bolted to the back side of the steel part of the bumper
There is where you would use shims - actually you can use large washes in this case
Take one of the bolts out - then you can go to the hardware store or lowes and find some washers
Support the bumper on a jack stand and cushion it with a towel or cardboard to protect the paint
Loosen the other bolt enough to move the bumper and jack stand back, without the bolt coming out.
If the bolt comes out before your adjusted - you will need a longer bolt
Figure out how many washers or shims and put the other bolt back in, just snug
Then do the second bolt
Get it moved where you want it, then tighten bolts
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(08-22-2019, 02:14 PM)OMS Wrote: That might be pushed in to far to shim out, you may need to pull the bumper arm out

There will be some adjustment on the two bolts into the frame - loosen them and see how far you can pull it forward.
Then
The arm going to the bumper will be bolted to the back side of the steel part of the bumper
There is where you would use shims - actually you can use large washes in this case
Take one of the bolts out - then you can go to the hardware store or lowes and find some washers
Support the bumper on a jack stand and cushion it with a towel or cardboard to protect the paint
Loosen the other bolt enough to move the bumper and jack stand back, without the bolt coming out.
If the bolt comes out before your adjusted - you will need a longer bolt
Figure out how many washers or shims and put the other bolt back in, just snug
Then do the second bolt
Get it moved where you want it, then tighten bolts

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#4
73 bumpers mount to rubber isolated arms with a flat plate on the back of the bumper bolting to a flat plate on the bumper support. For fine tuning, shims can be made of sheet metal or aluminum, heck I've seen fender washers stacked up to even things out, but ideally, what you would like is to have the bumper support returned to it's original length which can be done, much like pulling a kink out of a chassis. unfortunately the amount of pull possibly exceeds the bolts shear strength and bolts don't like sideways pressure, so pulling the brace off the car before setting up a pull to bring it back to original length is a good idea

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