Our 72 coupe has a chrome front bumper. My 73 donor had a urethane front bumper. I've seen pics of 72s with the same style bumper as those I see on 73s. Can any of you historians clarify this for me? Did they switch the style in the production year? Is it a coupe v. fastback issue? Something else?
73 front bumpers are different from the 71 72's they are longer that is why the they didn't have the lights underneath the bumpers anymore and were just in the grille.I am not sure they will fit but I am sure cobra 3073 will give you the answer.The bumpers were changes for low speed accidents law.
as far as I remember they are two total different animals. The 71 & 72 were more of a cover (thin shell only) and the 73 was an impact urethane bumper. My uncle put a 71 bumper set up on his 73 but he used all 71 brackets, fenders, etc. Not sure but don't see why it would not work with all brackets, etc. But the 73 is a very heavy set up compared to the others, so if weight is a concern that would be something else to consider.
a 72 coupe would of had the chrome bumper that is correct, the urethane color keyed bumper was only available for the mach 1 fastback body style.
however you can retrofit any 71-72 with a rubber bumper from a mach 1. the bumper supports are the same for all 71-72 car models and you can interchange chrome or rubber bumpers.
for 73 Government regulations required 5mph collision bumpers. this required the front end of the 73 to receive re-enforcements. for 73 all models received the same rubber color keyed 5mph impact bumper. This bumper is a different animal from the 71-72 rubber bumper.
you can't retrofit 73 bumper on a early car without a lot of welding work, you would also need to change the front fenders and modify the engine harness to relocate the turn signal lights which were re-located to the grill from under the bumper in 73 again due to government rule changes.
its easier to retrofit a 73 car with a 71 or 72 bumper system then to go the other way.
yes with alot of work you could install a 73 bumper on a 72 however its easier to try and find a 71-72 rubber bumper and install that.
or just get a repro chrome bumper if that is what you want they go for approximately 200$
Thanks for the info, guys. So it appears that all fastbacks and sprints had the urethane cover and coupes got the chrome. I'm good with our chrome front bumper, but was curious because I've seen pics of 72s with both styles and wasn't quite sure.