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Old 03/06/2006, 11:27 AM   #1
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Question How to -diff between orig and repro bumpers

How do you tell the difference between original ford bumpers and the reproductions? I need to rechrome or replace the rear bumper. The bumper is straight but shows rust. If its original, I will send it off and have it rechromed. If it is a replacement, I can either find an original and have it rechromed or buy a replacement. Any thoughts on orig vs repro?
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Old 03/06/2006, 12:33 PM   #2
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Rechroming is quite expensive but probably is the best route if you want a mirror polished original bumper. I replaced mine with Nordan bumpers. Mine were not original when I got the car. I suspect that the front was replaced after collision damage and the rear due to rust. The new Nordan's look nice and were not that expensive. About $100 a piece.
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Old 03/06/2006, 01:04 PM   #3
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If I'm not mistaken the orginal bumpers have a sharper edges. while the repos are more of a smooth or rounder edges.

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Old 03/06/2006, 03:41 PM   #4
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We did not have bumpers and had to buy repo's but I think they are fine. They look good. I would not be afraid of getting repop's.


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Old 03/06/2006, 04:49 PM   #5
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I believe Mustang Monthly had run a article a few years back where they compared aftermarket to Ford. Nordan was the best aftermarket and I believe they found their chrome finish to be superior to that of the N.O.S
Perhaps I can track down the article if you like.
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Old 03/06/2006, 10:08 PM   #6
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Question nordan bumpers

I would like to see that article on bumpers if you can find it.
I have seen a few posts in the vintage-mustang forums saying recent nordan bumpers were of inferior quality. Anybody here have that experience?
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Old 03/07/2006, 01:53 PM   #7
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It looks like it was in the March 2005 issue. I don't see it on the website though.

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Old 03/07/2006, 01:54 PM   #8
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How do you tell the difference between original ford bumpers and the reproductions?
This was easy for me ... I got under the car and as I was looking up under the bumper there was a sticker on the back side of the bumper that read "Made in Japan" !
That was easy for me.



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Old 03/07/2006, 02:44 PM   #9
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Let me go through them to find it and I will let you know.
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Old 03/07/2006, 06:14 PM   #10
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Well, I guess I should have said "many" years ago there was an article in Mustang Monthly. The article was in April 1998. The three bumpers compared were: KSR, Nordan and orignal Ford(which was still available then).Mark Houlahan wrote the story and this summarizes his findings: KSR was the only manufacturer to triple chrome in the USA and it came with a lifetime guarantee as long as you own the car. KSR was superior for highest quality plating and Ford was second. As this test was 8 years old, things may be different now. The good news is you could have bought a 1969 428CJ for 10k and there were two GT/CS cars for sale in the magazine(vin 8R01S127402 was listed). I wonder what happened to that car?
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This was easy for me ... I got under the car and as I was looking up under the bumper there was a sticker on the back side of the bumper that read "Made in Japan" !
That was easy for me.


Hey Rich;
Think that would qualify your car to be a rice burner?

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Hey Rich;
Think that would qualify your car to be a rice burner?

Don
YIKES!!!
Do I have to add that annoying buzzing sound to my exhaust now?

Here you'll all appreciate this
http://videos.streetfire.net/categor...5F5B65DACD.htm
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And just for fun: *you need the sound for this one ... it's the thing that makes it funny.

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Quote:
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This was easy for me ... I got under the car and as I was looking up under the bumper there was a sticker on the back side of the bumper that read "Made in Japan" !
That was easy for me.


Mine had a Ford sticker with the part number. I gently removed it before sending my bumpers off to be rechromed and it's now saved in a plastic baggie.
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YIKES!!!
Do I have to add that annoying buzzing sound to my exhaust now?
Just add that great big Folgers Can on the back as your exhaust tip.

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Just add that great big Folgers Can on the back as your exhaust tip.

Don
Well being it's Acapulco Blue I'll probably go with Maxwell House ... good to the last drop!

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