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  Which Bumper?

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Registered: Dec 2004

posted 10-27-2005 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MR.73STANG        Reply w/Quote
Hello to everyone! I am building my 73 Mustang, I wanted to know if I could put a 72 or 71 front bumper on instead of the 5mph bumper it comes with?If so is there any changes I would have to make, or would it just bolt on? If not my bumper right now has a small chunk missing from the top of it, is there some way of repairing it? Thanks for any info on this.


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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 10-28-2005 03:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
I'm 99.99999% sure it's a straight bolt-on, although maybe the mounting brackets on a 73 are longer? Maybe it will stick out the same distance as before?


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From: Marietta, Ga
Registered: Oct 2003

posted 10-28-2005 05:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mooney        Reply w/Quote
What are the 73 bumpers plastic?
If so...
Depending on the size of the chunk, I've used Problem Plastic and filled it in, then a quick skim of glazing putty and it comes out nicely.


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From: Poinciana, Fl USA
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 10-28-2005 07:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71        Reply w/Quote
No, a 71/72 front bumper cannot be mounted to a 73 without some serious cutting and fabbing of the mounting systems.
The entire front end is different with regards to the bumper mounts. Not only that, but the front fenders, end caps, grill, and lower valance are all different too.
Even if you did get it mounted easily somehow, all the little differences would make it look like a real slapped-together affair.
Now, if you change the whole front clip, that's actually a pretty easy thing to do.


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From: griswold,ct usa MCA#59447
Registered: Dec 2004

posted 10-28-2005 08:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bob6364        Reply w/Quote
I agree you would need everything from the front of a 71-72 except the hood to do a good looking job.

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From: phoenix, az USA
Registered: Nov 2006

posted 11-09-2006 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman        Reply w/Quote
I am in the process of doing this conversion. Here is what I have found thus far. Need: fenders, fender extensions, lower rubber filler on fender, grille (if you want to keep the 73 grille there will be a gap between the bumper and grille, the 71-72 grille has the filler, I am retaining the 73 and fabricating my own filler),bumper with internal subframe and front bumper mounts. New holes will have to be drilled for mounts in the frame area. I am fitting everything up now and have not run into anything else, yet. Can keep you posted if interested.


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From: Nashville, TN, USA
Registered: Mar 2006

posted 11-10-2006 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for honeyburst        Reply w/Quote
I actually found a NOS front bumper for my 73.....they wanted $950 for it

my body man did an exceptional job with some type of filler.....can't see where there were chunks out of it at all.....

I say just get it filled in.....just my .02

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1973 Convertible, 1965 A Code 4spd coupe, Past: 1969 GT, 1967 6cyl coupe, 1968 coupe
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From: phoenix, az USA
Registered: Nov 2006

posted 11-11-2006 12:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman        Reply w/Quote
I don't think you should change the front end due to worrying about a bumper fix, unless it is really bad of course. I changed the front since I like some of the 73 and some of the 71-72.

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