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Spidey7

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New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« on: December 09, 2007, 11:28:52 PM »
I'm not sure whether or not to replace the front and rear bumpers with some of the nice new triple chromed repro's or try to have the originals straightened and re-chromed. It would be easier (and cheaper) to just buy new ones. Does it make any difference? And if not, does anyone have a brand or dealer that they recommend for the new chrome?

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Re: New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2007, 01:00:05 AM »
For a driver, the repros are a great deal for the buck.  If you're an anal guy and want original, then figure $350-400 each to rechrome original bumpers.  I know because I just went through this.  I have over $800 tired up in two bumpers for my new 67 Z28 Camaro, Project Stocker.  The chrome plating shops have gone through the roof because of the EPA and government restrictions.

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Re: New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2007, 01:31:35 AM »
I just had my original front bumper redone by Electroplating of El Paso  http://electroplatingofelpaso.com/contact.html 

It did not require straighting.  The cost was $170 + freight.  I'm very happy with their work.  Several of the members in our club have used them with good results.

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Re: New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2007, 01:49:44 AM »
That is very reasonable if they are show quality!!!!

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Re: New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2007, 03:04:25 AM »
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Re: New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2007, 03:24:56 AM »
Lakeholme,

Thanks for finding that older post.  My mistake, the cost was $160.  I have not installed this bumper, so if you think a photo would show the quality I'll be happy to post some. 

I would suggest that someone, like Jerry, give them a try and give his professional opinion.  I've got a repop on the car now, and the rechromed original, looks much better to me.

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Re: New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2007, 04:01:11 AM »
Photos, please!  ;D

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Re: New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2007, 05:13:09 AM »
Chrome is a bear trying to photograph.  I'm not sure how much you can tell from the photos, but here you go.

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Re: New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2007, 05:13:51 AM »
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Re: New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2007, 05:14:21 AM »
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Re: New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2007, 05:14:56 AM »
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Re: New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2007, 12:42:41 AM »
When I did my 67 RS I thought I could get away with repro's. I was wrong because I am one of those anal types Jerry is referring too. Just knowing I had reproductions on my car was eating at me to no end. So off I went and got original GM's rechromed. Yeah it was expensive, around $700-800 for the pair but I do feel better.

The repro RS gas cap was bothering me as well but I finally found an NOS cap to replace it. Yep, wasn't cheap either.

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Re: New Chrome Bumpers vs Originals?
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2007, 04:06:59 AM »
I put a set of the repos on a 69 a couple of months ago.  They arent like a show-quality rechromed set of originals, but I was pretty pleased with the quality considering they're inexpensive repos.  Much better than those that were available several years ago.
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