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Rear Bumper Completed! -- PICS!!

Well, the rear bumper was finished today and will be painted tomorrow. I think it looks awesome and will really set the car apart from most others. Lemme know what you think.









At HanMan's request, here's the first "before" pic I could find.


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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-30-2002, 06:01 PM
 
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NICE. You should show a before and after so the changes are more evident.
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damn you sir bill...

you beat me too it...but i got a few other tricks up my sleaves

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I really like the bumper, it is definitely different. Sweeeeeet.
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You aren't going to like this - but I prefer the before style. It seems to me that it's going to be a 'blob' when it's done.... I really do like the way Ford designed the mouldings for your year Bird.

However, I'm sure it'll look great when it's all done and you've got pics up .

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Hey Sir Will, i work at Ford in Seattle and i was askin the body shop guys about shaving my moldings and such, they said doin the bumper is not a smart idea, and it will fall off eventually. Is this true, b/c im dyin to do this mod, im already paintin the bird a candy tangerine and want to do everything at the same time.

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are you planning on removing the chrome thunderbird emblem on the rear end?
if not i think it would look pretty goofy to have "thunderbird" written twice in the same area and in different "fonts" too.

and the bumper you have now matches the styling of the rest of the car (with the long indented ovals) , the new bumper would throw off the cars styling

in my mind the only way that bumper would look good on your car is if you took off the chrome emblems and lost the long ovals (i dont know of any other way to describe them)around the whole car.



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are you planning on removing the chrome thunderbird emblem on the rear end?
if not i think it would look pretty goofy to have "thunderbird" written twice in the same area and in different "fonts" too.

and the bumper you have now matches the styling of the rest of the car (with the long indented ovals) , the new bumper would throw off the cars styling

in my mind the only way that bumper would look good on your car is if you took off the chrome emblems and lost the long ovals (i dont know of any other way to describe them)around the whole car.
Yes, the Thunderbird script and Ford emblem will be shaved from the trunk along with the lock. But not before the photo shoot.

As for the bumper not matching, you haven't followed my posts on the rest of the car have you? I filled the front bumper just like the rear and shaved the sides, including door handles and gas filler. The only thing I left was the power antenna only because there's no reasonable place to relocate it to. But I am painting the mount for that to match the body.

As for the comment about the stuff not sticking, it will stick. The stuff used is designed strictly for repairing these plastic bumpers. So it's specifically formulated to adhere to plastic. The parts were also agressively sandblasted in those areas prior to application so the underlying bumper has a quite rough texture for the filler to bond to.

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shaved the gas filler
How?? Just unhook switch, relocate, Bondo around opening, and paint? I've been wondering...

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Man, that is going to be one good looking ride when you're done.

Sorry if I missed this, are you going to keep the pearl color...?
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may I suggest one of those windsheild mounted antennas. From what I hear they work pretty well, and are invisible. I was planning on one of those and shaving my antenna when i put the new fender on.
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I REALLY like that rear bumper. Looks sweeeeet.
I always think of the worse though, and I'd be so afraid they day I pick up my car someone would rear end me

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TurboCat...About the gas tank door...

He put it in the trunk, and looks pretty sweet as long as it vents right. It's another thread somewhere on the forums.

As for the cover, that looks great. Ford should have made them like that in the first place but they had to save money! Now I see why on the wanted board you wanted the lettering

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Hey SW, how about no antenna, do you really need it? I mean who listens to the radio now, maybe XM with a hidden antenna?, yeah you should do that, the bumpers look great can't wait to see the whole car finished
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Actually, I listen to a LOT of radio. Especially when I'm on the road. Being in a basically rural area, we have crap for decent stations. But when I go to Dallas or Chicago or St. Louis or Atlanta, I love to listen to stations that don't suck.

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Re: TurboCat...About the gas tank door...

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He put it in the trunk, and looks pretty sweet as long as it vents right. It's another thread somewhere on the forums.
I seen the pics of that, I was just wondering how to get rid of the old gas door

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You aren't going to like this - but I prefer the before style. It seems to me that it's going to be a 'blob' when it's done.... I really do like the way Ford designed the mouldings for your year Bird.
The shave he did, looks like the 94-95 with t-bird text and the side line isn't there. I don't think it would look like a "blob." Rather, I like it a lot. I like all the exterior mods he has done (except the gas tank... I use my trunk.... hehe)

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Hey Sir Will, i work at Ford in Seattle and i was askin the body shop guys about shaving my moldings and such, they said doin the bumper is not a smart idea, and it will fall off eventually. Is this true, b/c im dyin to do this mod, im already paintin the bird a candy tangerine and want to do everything at the same time.
PLEASE post after your paint job... I am DIEING to see that!

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Yes, the Thunderbird script and Ford emblem will be shaved from the trunk along with the lock. But not before the photo shoot.
Photo shoot? I don't believe i read that thread. What photo shoot?
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Photo shoot? I don't believe i read that thread. What photo shoot?
I'm the last pic that's not been submitted for the MN12 Calendar. As soon as I get my pics in, it goes into production.

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But when I go to Dallas or Chicago or St. Louis or Atlanta, I love to listen to stations that don't suck.
Must agree with the Dallas comment. When making trips from Dallas to New York there are not many good stations either. Most of trip you are stuck in rural Tennesse or Virginia. 2 stations max, sometimes one will be in a lanuage you do not even know. Have to make sure you have plenty of cds before you leave on the 24 hour voyage.
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If you guys travel so much... why not invest in that xm radio.
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How much is it? Friends been thinking about it. Like 10 bucks a month? How much for the antenna and receiver.
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it is ten bucks a month plus you have to have a compatible reciever, then buy the xm tuner for around 150, and the you have to spend about 80 bucks for the antenna, or even more for the glass mount antenna, which isn't half as ugly as the normal antenna. You can get discounts on it too- if you're a directTV subscriber they send you coupons for 50 bucks off, and if you buy the whole package from crutchfield they will give you money off too. I'm not sure if the offers can be combined though.
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Looks good SW. As far as it holding up, I don't think it will be a problem.



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