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Austin Vert's Front Bumper Makeover.
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Hi to all,

OVERVIEW.

My'73 Vert's front bar was in very good condition with the original paint still on the bar. Time had taken it's toll though, and the paint was wearing too thin.It's interesting to note that Ford did not put a lot of color paint on the bar to start off with. I decided to have some fun and restore it while i was in the mood.Tongue As always, there is more to fixing things on the old cars that what you first think.


THE PROJECT.

I removed the bar myself with the help of a floor jack placed under and in the middle of the bar. It's easy to remove on that basis. The '73 has a solid metal back up reiforcement plate running behind the bar. Boy, is the whole bar heavy. That had surface rust which i sanded down. I could have gone to town and removed the metal backup and had it all sandblasted and reprimed and painted, but i took the easy way out for now and just refinished it without removing it.

I broke the project into three separate sections. 1. Refinish the entire back of the bar in 2Pak satin black. 2. Refinish the entire front and top faces with Gold Glow metallic and 2Pak clearcoat. 3.Refinish the top inner black strip in 2Pak satin black. This process means you have to do a lot of separate masking off as you move through the job. In steps 2 and 3, i prepped up the old paint by sanding down well. I used a 2Pak primer filler with about 3 coats all over. I chose not to use flex aid additive in the primer or clearcoats and black. Handy hint! I removed the four clip nuts that hold the bar on, and separately refinished them in 2Pak satin black. The trick is to mark the position of the clips with a dremmel mini cut off wheel to score lines where the positioning of the clips were layed out and positioned on the backup plate. Number your clips as well to corrrespond with what holes they go into when you install them back in. This process saves you a lot of mucking around later when you are putting the bar back on, and you're lining the bar up.

When it came to the Gold Glow part of the bar, i rubbed all the clearcaot down with 1200 and 2000 wet and dry paper, wet, to denib the finish , and give me a peeless gloss as well. It then got a good buff and polish. Without going into too much technical detail, that was basically it. I reinstalled the finished bar with the jack again, and took in the new look! If you don't have access to a baking booth, then give yourself about a week to do this project. See my pics below. Also, see my grille makeover project too.

http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-austi...er-project

BTW - A bit of trivia! The State of Queensland where i live here in Australia, lets you choose when you order your very own set of personalised number plates, to have Australian style (which is letter boxed shaped), or American style size. I chose American style and paid the State Government about $450.00 for the plates. (not cheap) You can order many different color and theme combinations as well. GWS are my initials, and 56 is my year of birth.


Thanks,

Greg.Smile


                       

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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#2
Looks great! Very nice car!

BTW I had to read a little to figure out what a "bar" was... We stateside blokes call it a "Bumper" Smile.

I first thought you had remodeled a room in your house, dedicating it to some serious entertainment! Smile A few bottles of XXXX perhaps? Wishful thinking. Smile

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#3
Thanks Ray, I seewhat you mean!Tongue

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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Boss1Ray;195708 Wrote:BTW I had to read a little to figure out what a "bar" was... We stateside blokes call it a "Bumper" Smile.

Ray

When I heard his car had a "bar" my first thought was it must be a Frank Cone car, my second thought was wishing my car had a bar.

Very nice job by the way, you did good!

Jim

Jim

M code 71 Mach 1, 351 4V Cleveland, Ram Air (not factory), C6 Trans, 3.5 rear
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#5
Mine needs to be redone.

Yours looks great.

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Jim and Jutta;195730 Wrote:
Boss1Ray;195708 Wrote:BTW I had to read a little to figure out what a "bar" was... We stateside blokes call it a "Bumper" Smile.

Ray

When I heard his car had a "bar" my first thought was it must be a Frank Cone car, my second thought was wishing my car had a bar.

Very nice job by the way, you did good!

Jim

Thanks Jim,

Would you believe we also call the bumpers, front & rear bumper bars here in Aus, as well as front & rear bars.Smile

mpbsr;195762 Wrote:Mine needs to be redone.

Yours looks great.


Thank you also mpbsr,

Wouldn't it be great if i lived in Jersey, and i could do yours as well.Smile

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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#7
Very nice...looks great!

And kudos to you for repainting the black area in the back...it makes a big difference. I always see 73' bumpers with that left body-color after a repaint and it bugs me.
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#8
Thanks Kit,

I appreciate your comments. Better to try and do it mostly right when you can. Hope you're keeping well,

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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#9
Hi Austin that's a fine looking bumper after make over is done!! Good looking Car you have there grait too see your Ride.. Regards DK73


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Regards DK73

So I'm a proud owner of one Mach 1 73! Regards Lars DK73whistling
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#10
Thank you Lars. That's very kind of you. Glad you like it.

Greg.Smile

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