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Rory McNeil
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posted 05-09-2002 03:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Over the last year or so, I have come across several lightweight pieces on 79+ Mustangs & Capri`s. These include aluminum bumper "rebars" that fit inside the bumper covers, I have seen both front & rear versions. I have also seen some earlier cars with aluminum rear brake drums, as well as cars with manual steering, manual brakes,radio delete, console delete etc. If you are building a 79-86 Mustang or Capri, hunting for these parts is a good way to shed some weight off your car.It seems that most of these parts are fairly scarce, I looked at dozens of these earlier cars to find these pieces, but it may be well worth your effort to take a magnet with you on your next visit to the wrecking yard.

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Moneymaker
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posted 05-10-2002 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you got one of those aluminum fronts lying around?

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Alex Denysenko
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Rory McNeil
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posted 05-10-2002 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually, Alex, I`m grabbing both aluminum F&R bumper rebars this afternoon. I already put a front one in my 85-6 Mustang Stocker project,if I recall corectly, it was a 18 or 20 lb saving right off the nose. It appears that the Mustang & Capri`s used the same rebar,I took the unit on my car off a 80 Capri in a wrecking yard, & it had the same shape as the Mustang piece I took off, & fit just fine.

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capri man
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posted 05-10-2002 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i removed all of the bumper and 5mph shocks from mine and dont run anything under the plastic. kinda like not wearing any underwear. weighed 45lbs. have heard of using a wood 2x4 if you want a little protection.

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fastbackRb
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posted 05-10-2002 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fastbackRb   Click Here to Email fastbackRb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why not look for the trooper cars they had fiberglass front and some had rear also,even lighter than aluminum. If you pull them out and want the rubber to maintain the right shape pull it off and fill the back with spray foam insulation the stuff they use in houses that expands let it dry and trim as needed. Just make sure the shape is right.(Even lighter than fiberglass)!!!!!


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bfxcomet
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posted 06-05-2002 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bfxcomet   Click Here to Email bfxcomet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the tip Rory, I had never heard of aluminum bumper supports before. I was just going to use the steel one thats in my t-bird but trimmed to the bare bones and replace the speed bumpers with some aluminum rom work. I'm going to leave the back for now weight over the rear wheels.
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Gearhead
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posted 06-05-2002 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gearhead   Click Here to Email Gearhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a lead on a complete front clip for a 79 Pace car that included the aluminum bumper parts, if anyone is interested. I think the fellow wants $175 (Cdn$) for the complete front assembly. I'd pick it up for myself as a spare, but I have nowhere to store it right now. Drop me an email if anyone is interested.

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67coupe
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posted 06-05-2002 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67coupe   Click Here to Email 67coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
bout any stang 91-93 had fiberglass fronts my 93 4 banger had one and my buds old 92 lx 5.0 had it too if i recall ive seen a 91 with one

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Moneymaker
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posted 06-08-2002 02:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would be interested in the aluminum front bumper parts Ian.
Rory, what years exactly had the aluminum front bumpers and brackets if you know? Thanks

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Alex Denysenko
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Rory McNeil
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posted 06-08-2002 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alex, I have only found the aluminum bumper "re-bars" on SOME (very few)79 & 80 Mustangs & Capris. I have no idea why some got them, & most didn`t. The 3 that I have found were all 6 cyl. auto cars, so it certainly wasn`t a hi performance thing. Only the re-bar itself is aluminum, the energy absorbing "shocks" are the same, but with a thin sheet of aluminum sandwiched between the mount & the re-bar itself. Right now I have both the aluminum front & rear units on hand, although the rear will need a minor weld repair, as it is corroded thru where the mounting bolts attatch.(the lower section of the channel was full of sand & dirt)

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posted 06-10-2002 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info Rory. How many fronts do you have? I am going to look for one at our local yards. We only need to lighten up the front of the car a bit more as we have it pretty close. 1.60 to 1.61 is a pretty stout 60 foot time for a P/SA car, but we want high 1.50's out of it.

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Alex Denysenko
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Rory McNeil
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posted 06-11-2002 03:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alex, I have one alum. front rebar on my 85 Mustang Stocker project, one on my buddys 79, & 1 front & 1 rear laying around the garage. The best way to check for the aluminum rebars is to stick a magnet between the radiator & the grille. If you can see it, another way to check is the steel rebars have vertical reinforcments welded into the main channel,while on the aluminum units, they are attached with large Phillips head screws. Hope this helps.

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posted 06-11-2002 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Rory.

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Alex Denysenko
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Ken&Shell
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posted 06-13-2002 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken&Shell   Click Here to Email Ken&Shell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by capri man:
i removed all of the bumper and 5mph shocks from mine and dont run anything under the plastic. kinda like not wearing any underwear. weighed 45lbs. have heard of using a wood 2x4 if you want a little protection.



Darlin, I had nothing under the plastic on my car either.. If I had a bumper, I might still be racing the capri...

just a thought,

Shell

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