Gav those one have no hole at all for the rubber strips. I have one and are planning to drill hole to suit them. when I get time
WTB: Rear bumper 2 seater S30z
Posted 27 April 2016 - 02:47 PM
I find this topic quite confusing, and maybe I am not alone. As previously stated, I have a set of Harrington bumpers, so this is all pretty academic for me now.
@Gongz / Ian - if you go to Alibaba it's this company that is making them.
That link shows a company called 'Apex Auto Parts Inc' who make 'chrome' (therefore, I assume, chrome plated steel) bumpers. This is probably the company that makes the bumpers that 'Muscle Car Parts' sell.
I originally added my 2 cents worth to this topic because it was suggested that the bumpers from Muscle Car Parts are/were stainless, which I doubt.
...the one i have from Muscle car parts in NSW is solid as, although a little thinner than stock it is also much lighter as its stainless rather than chromed steel...
The Harrington Group stainless bumpers are considerably more expensive than the Muscle Car Parts, as you would expect compared to chromed steel.
If the Muscle Car Parts bumpers were stainless - I am sure their ads would make this very clear.
...I looked on eBay again and found Muscle Car Parts bumpers for a similar price.
However I'm still unclear if you could add the rubber strips to these? From the photos the holes are missing? Is anyone able to confirm? If I cannot add the rubber trims this will be a no go for me. It also looks like it's sans overrider holes and I want to add those also....
I just rang 'All Muscle Car Parts' at Moorebank, and the guy there confirmed that the rear bumper they sell does NOT have holes for the rubber pieces. I asked if he could get bumpers with holes and he said 'no'. They only have the bumpers as shown in the eBay listing above and painted bumpers.
He also re-confirmed that their 'chrome' bumpers are chrome-plated steel.
Phil's Rotaries sell front bumpers with or without holes - but no rear bumpers of either flavour.
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:12 PM
So I pulled the original bumper out of storage and decided to see if it would clean up. I figured it can't hurt to try and polish it and see if it comes good. Considering the paint on my 72 is not perfect anyway a perfect looking bumper may be out of place. So a bit of patina would be fine.
I water blasted it clean first. Which took a lot of the dirt and grime off.
As you can see in this photo, not a brilliant shine. Quite dull and average.
After removing the old rubbers (what a PITA! with snapped bolts etc..). I gave it some elbow grease with steel wool and braso metal polish etc..
Looks better here.
Unfortunately in some places it's just not a great surface anymore.
1 snag, under the rubber on the left hand side (passenger side) there was a hidden / concealed dent.
I managed to hammer it out as best as possible.
I also managed to remove the rubbers from the overriders, everything is in ok condition. I think a sandblast and re-chrome and it should come up great.
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Posted 28 April 2016 - 02:41 PM
So I managed to drop the rear bumper off in Dandenong today at A.A. Vinney's Metal Polishers and Electroplaters. I spoke with Anna who was very helpful, she knew what car the bumper was off even though it was in 3 pieces when I walked in the door, she said "off a 260z", and I said "240z actually" and she said "same thing" and I was like "no no no no no, you can't say that!", we both had a laugh out of that.
Anyway she showed me around the facility and the bumpers they were doing or have done and talked about the process involved etc..
I mentioned I was looking at aftermarket bumpers and she warned me to say that many of the aftermarket stuff isn't up to par and will rust again in short time, many of her customers have gone through that already. Of course she's talking her own book but I'm inclined to believe that could be true in many cases also, especially with the cheaper stuff. I'm not saying the Muscle Car Parts bumpers are not up to spec, as I'm not seen them myself or used them but I won't doubt that the process they go through at Vinney's is likely a better finish and quality than a lot of aftermarket stuff.
The cost is a little higher than aftermarket which appears to sell around $400 AU mark.
The quote I have is $450 for the bumper and $50 for each overrider also. That won't include some fasteners needed (which it looks like rare spares do some generic ones that would work at about $6 a set) and the rubber trims which will add up no doubt by the time I'm done.
I also spoke to Anna about yellow zinc plating and what can be done with regard to keeping stuff organised. Unfortunately not much because of the process and the way it's all done you kind of have to get everything mixed up.
The main reasons are that you cannot do a small amount of items in the tank due to the current put through it, you'd burn the items in the tank. Also when they clean individual nuts and bolts etc.. They put it into a bucket / acid clean it etc.. She showed me that each job has a job sheet and they take photos of all the items and catalog them. The only items they say could go missing are small fasteners and bolts etc.. that may fall off the wires when dipped into the tank but that shouldn't happen too often. She did try and reassure me that they do a lot of items where there is only 1 of them in the world or very few / rare items etc..
Of course nobody can guarantee anything but I did feel a little more confident with sending stuff in bulk to be done.
I think what I'll have to do is take a lot of detailed photos of items with descriptions written next to them and measure the size and pitch of each bolt so I can sort through the mess later when I get the stuff back. Pretty sure George did this with his stuff.
Perhaps we can make this a public resource so that others can reference the photos and information when doing their own restorations?
I'll be sure to create a recommended business thread if everything goes well with A.A. Vinney's of Dandenong.
Posted 16 June 2016 - 03:32 PM
So it passed the mum test lol.. will try and get photos.
Posted 05 October 2016 - 12:05 PM
It really came up amazing, I would have got some photos but I didn't want to unwrap everything since it's being kept in storage and I don't want it to get damaged so felt it best to leave it all alone. I ran out of time to do anything on the car, only managed to put the front bumper rubber strips back on.
I will definitely be sending future bumpers down there for restoration. Glad I went with OEM parts.
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