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  • 240/260 Bumper on 280z

    I got some rust free bumpers for my 280 last time I was in SanDiego. I originally thought the center area had primer on the chrome, now I believe it was sand blasted off since no amount of sanding or chemicals will remove it. So does anyone know of a good chroming place? I considered just powder coating it satin black but I just cant bring myself to cover the chrome on the front bumper as well (since it looks so good). Also has anyone fitted the rear bumper on a 280? Its about a yr now of trial and error fabricating brackets and such... but more frustrating is securing the corner pieces to the rear fender, either I have to drill a new hole or make a bracket of some sort to use the existing holes. When I mocked it up the last time I noticed some large gaps between the end of the bumper to the body (maybe a good inch) Does anybody have some pics of how they mounted the bumper on?

    On a side note this bumper has some humongous holes at the corner pieces and not sure what used to be there.
    I also have another pair of corner pieces possibly for sale in the same condition as seen here...

    Thanks!
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    I have a set of brackets I can sell you I bought on ebay to transfer a 240 bumper onto a 280. I waited for them to come and ended up making my own. they look pretty good pretty simple.
    My bumper fits pretty snug to the body of the car and I end up drilling a new holes for the bumper ends and welded up the orgnal hole. I also welded up the shock hole as well. I take a few shots with what worked for me.
    You could always sell the chrome ones off and get a set with some dents and rustey chrome and have them welded up and painted?
    Dean
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    • #3
      Cambridge Chrome does some very nice work. As far as fitting the rear bumper there are several threads on classiczcar.com that discuss that.
      Good luck

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      • #4
        afew more pics
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        • #5
          It looks like someone has cut the inner brakets off the inside of the bumper (middle section) Not sure how you are going to mount it then. if you do fab up a bracket and have it welded to the inside of your bumper do it all and test fit it lots of time before chroming.
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          • #6
            Troubledz:

            Thanks for all those measurements, now I will have a better idea of how to mock up the bumper. That is a huge help! I must of had some angles off as I was working on the uneven inclined driveway. I went to look at my bumper and there is nothing cut off from the inside. Tonight I will take a pic of the last bracket I made, it seemed to fit but I had no measurements like your to go on. Those brackets you have are for the corners? How much do you want for these?

            BTW your painted bumpers look good. Are they powder-coated or paint?

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            • #7
              Those brackets are for the middle section of the bumper. the sides, just drill a new hole through the body and attach it on the inside of the quarter panel.
              So inside the middle section you should have two bolts weld to a plate right?? That’s the mounting place for the bracket. These brackets use just one of the bolts and then one on the body. the way the brackets are designed is if the bumper gets hit they will collapse. I Think it was $25 for the pair. whatever you offer.
              My bumpers I sand blasted and welded up all the holes (not crazy big holes like yours. not even sure what they are for?) and painted them black.
              Cheers, Dean
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              • #8
                I fabbed up my own brackets for the front. They mount direct to where the bolts for the original shock mounts went. I used cardboard to create/fit etc and then used that to measure cut and bend and drill the aluminium brackets. For the back..i drilled and collapsed the rear shocks until there is about 1/2 inch left. I wanted to leave them there because they provide a bit more solid impact support over removing them, and over the aluminium brackets a lot of people use. I am going to mount a small square steel bar to both and then either buy the MSA fiberglass one and mount over the bar or make my own out of foam and fiberglass or aluminium. If you are handy this kind of thing is fun, if not it can be an exercise in patience and other things.
                I didn't take any pics, but hope this gives you some tips.

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                • #9
                  My rear bumpers brackets are almost done and with your measurements I can now fine tune it, as for the fender brackets I will Macgyver them up.

                  dutchie3: I agree that a bar behind the bumper is a good idea as the bumper itself is just decoration. haha

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                  • #10
                    yeah, i trust my own driving...but not other drivers in Ottawa. For some reason every speed racer on the road wants to drive up my butt when they see the z lol

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                    • #11
                      That looks real good...

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                      • #12
                        Good work.. the bumper looks great and also strong the normal aftermarket bumper. Can you please tell me how much it costs to build this bumper at home.. Good work, I like it very much..Thanks for sharing..
                        Last edited by Bevis; 09-27-2014, 01:27 AM.

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