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71-72 Chrome front bumper on a 73
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Hello. I just got a 73 vert. It has taken some slight damage in the massive urethane bumper. I am thinking of making the swap to a 71-72 chrome bumper. It was posted on this site that you can use 69-70 brackets to install a 71-72 bumper on a 73. The member said new holes who need to be drilled in frame for the brackets. This would make the new chrome bumper fit better to the 73 fenders. Can anyone confirm or deny this? I have tried emailing the member who posted that with no luck. To make more confusing there are several vendors on EBAy selling 71-73 chrome front bumpers. Will these fit properly with no modifications? Please help

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Mine's a '71, and originally came with a urethane bumper, but I converted to chrome because my painter couldn't figure out what flex-primer is all about. But, that's another story for another time.

The urethane bumper is designed to fit closely against the bumper openings in the fenders. The chrome bumpers were '71-'72 only options, and require spacers to fill the gaps. As you can see here by the gray plastic spacer between the bumper and fender on mine:

   

They may or may not fit the bumper opening of the '73 fenders very well, since they're designed for '71-'72s.

As for which bumper brackets to use, one or some of the other guys should have some info for you regarding that. Thin Lizzy recently went through a bumper upgrade on his awesome '73 'vert - he should have some information for you. thumb

Good luck! I hope this helps.

Eric

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I'm not saying they won't fit but I just can't see how they could fit and look right. I hope for your sake they do I just don't see it. Good luck.

Mister 4x4;248228 Wrote:Mine's a '71, and originally came with a urethane bumper, but I converted to chrome because my painter could figure out what flex-primer is all about. But, that's another story for another time.

The urethane bumper is designed to fit closely against the bumper openings in the fenders. The chrome bumpers were '71-'72 only options, and require spacers to fill the gaps. As you can see here by the gray plastic spacer between the bumper and fender on mine:



They may or may not fit the bumper opening of the '73 fenders very well, since they're designed for '71-'72s.

As for which bumper brackets to use, one or some of the other guys should have some info for you regarding that. Thin Lizzy recently went through a bumper upgrade on his awesome '73 'vert - he should have some information for you. thumb

Good luck! I hope this helps.

Nice car the chrome bumper looks great!thumb

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TheDude73,

Can you provide us with a picture of your 73 front bumper? One possible solution would be to swap the fenders from a 1971-1972 and install the arms from the same 71-72 mustang. I have a 1973 Coupe and often wondered what I would have to do if my front bumper was damaged. I do have a decent spare though. Maybe you could locate one, minus the inner mounting brace, and have it shipped per a reasonable cost.

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Here is a 73 with no modifications with a 71-72 bumper
http://www.autotraderclassics.com/commun...5883.xhtml

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TheDude73;248237 Wrote:Here is a 73 with no modifications with a 71-72 bumper
http://www.autotraderclassics.com/commun...5883.xhtml

That's great it doesn't look bad at all. Personally I'd put it on and keep looking for a used good condition 73 replacement. But that's just me.

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http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-1973-...r#pid53748

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TheDude73;248237 Wrote:Here is a 73 with no modifications with a 71-72 bumper
http://www.autotraderclassics.com/commun...5883.xhtml

Any thoughts?

mrmach1;248232 Wrote:I'm not saying they won't fit but I just can't see how they could fit and look right. I hope for your sake they do I just don't see it. Good luck.

Thanks for all the replies. What is it that you think won't fit. The 71-72 bumper, the 71-72 spacers, or the 69-70 brackets. Or option D, all the above.

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Hello TommyK,

That is a nice looking front end process on that 1973 Mustang. It looks like he installed the front fenders and valance from 71 72 also. That really the only way to do and look right.

Thanks

mustang7173 Bravo

TommyK;248239 Wrote:http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-1973-...r#pid53748

TheDude73,

That is one pretty 1973 Mustang Convertible. I understand the reasoning behind the chrome bumper, but it just does not look right with the 1973 front fenders.

Thanks

Mustang7173Bravo

TheDude73;248237 Wrote:Here is a 73 with no modifications with a 71-72 bumper
http://www.autotraderclassics.com/commun...5883.xhtml
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TheDude73;248237 Wrote:Here is a 73 with no modifications with a 71-72 bumper
http://www.autotraderclassics.com/commun...5883.xhtml

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The things that jump out at me (compared to the pic of mine toward the top):
  • The trailing edges of the chrome bumper don't match up to the fender openings
  • The lines of the valance don't match up to the lines of the fender openings
  • The bumper doesn't 'fill' the fender openings as it should because the '73 bumper is so much bigger

Other than those things I am noticing from purely a factory fit perspective, the car looks awesome! Oddly enough, Thin Lizzy's car is very similar (color, etc.) and that really doesn't look bad at all. I would think with a lighter colored car, the mismatched details would stick out a LOT more persistently.

However, if those are '71-'72 fenders with a matching valance (which I'm starting to think they are), then simply realigning that bumper will make things fit a LOT better - maybe it's because the '73 bumper mounts are still in-use. I'm not convinced that the valance is a '71-'72 valance though - it's probably the original '73 valance. Tough to tell.

The '73 fenders have a slightly larger bumper opening, and the '73 valance has a significantly less "open mouth" appearance, partly because the bigger bumper is in the way and there isn't anything down there, whereas the '71-'72s have their signal lights below the bumper in the "open mouth" portion of the valance.

That is indeed an awesome-looking car, though. thumb

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