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1 73 Camaro front bumper on Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:02 am

Is there a kit or and any aftermarket resin bumpers out there in need of the front bumper.

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2 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:40 pm

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arent the corner bumpers the same from the 70 1/2 kit?

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3 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:26 pm

73 goes all the way across.

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4 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:34 am

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ok thought i would ask because half th stuff i see has it with the split bumper

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5 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:26 am

Hmmm, dang.......I was hoping there might of been one out there.....really want to replicate this camaro

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6 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:13 am

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looks easy enough to scratch build, i would think maybe some .080 styrene rod and some creative sanding should do it

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7 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:11 am

Never thought of that......will have to give that a try....thanks for the idea Smile

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8 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:14 am

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i will mess around with it a bit tomorrow and see what i come up with since i have the day off
front end looks the same as the 70 1/2 so i should be able to use the nose as a template

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9 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:55 am

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took a quick 15 mins to see if it would work out the way i thought

starting with .080 rod

i cut it down into 2 sections


bent the sides with the lighter technique where it curls down the side of the body


making sure my bends are right


gotta thin down the inside of the side bend to conform with the body, what better tool for it?


tapered to fit now


rolling the outer side to give it a smoother look




a matched pair of sides


cutting some of the excess off so i can get down closer to finished size


used sanding sticks to true up the joint in the middle


i know in the real bumper there are 2 more shallow bends in the bumper, this was just a test concept so i didnt add them. if i make another later i will


a drop of liquid cement to bond them together


only thing that would be left is using a sanding stick to flatten out the top and bottom of the bumper a bit since the real bumper isnt actually round


overall the technique will work so you can either give it a go yourself or i can do another with the 2 added bends and send it to ya bud

lemme know


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10 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:49 am

Man I am speechless.....I have never seen anyone do something like that(I am speaking in reference to just taking the initiative and showing me how to resolve my dilemma)......I really appreciate the help.....I should be able to do that.....forgive me for I don't usually scratch build stuff so the no know how is not there for me.  And again Thank you I love this site and it's members.



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11 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:08 am

That was a pretty good tutorial Maybe it should be added to the tutorials? It seems it gives some great ideas to those of us whose scratch build know how is not yet matured. Very Happy

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12 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:40 pm

Great work on the bumper Wayne! cheers

Jon, I used to be terrified of scratch-building anything, but after years of seeing other people doing it, I finally started trying it for myself. It's not as hard as you think it is, it just takes a bit more planning and the desire to see it through. You'll do badly the first few times, but keep at it and sooner or later you'll end up with some killer parts you made for yourself!

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13 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:17 pm

Right-on Brother ,that was a cool & well done Tut.

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14 Re: 73 Camaro front bumper on Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:25 am

great bumper build, excellent work !!!!!!

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15 re; 73 Camaro front bumper on Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:15 pm

Mr. Kitbash, I must say thank you 4 sharing your personal time & expertise in s / building that bumper .I got something out of it too. GOD BLESS!!

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