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« on: July 17, 2012, 01:54:30 PM »

I was looking for research between original & reproduction VE3 bumpers. How can you tell the difference off the car? Are things real noticable? Thanks, Joe
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2012, 06:05:46 PM »

Maybe I should've said 1969 endura. Some people don't know it by it's real name...Joe
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2012, 07:01:33 PM »

The 1969 camaro tv commercial refers to the bumper as (New resilient bumper). Nice originals are hard to find, prone to rusting out. Paid $350 for a nice used one 30 years ago!
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2012, 07:34:07 AM »

Hey Joe, try the below link as there is a difference in overall size and weight of the after market compared to an OE bumper.

http://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=155455

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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2012, 08:05:30 AM »

Maybe I should've said 1969 endura. Some people don't know it by it's real name...Joe

Chevrolet never marketed the VE3 "Special Front Bumper" using the trade name Endura as Pontiac did. I have much of the '69 Camaro marketing info and Chevy never did settle on a name. The US showroom brochure refers to it as the "color-matched" bumper, the Canadian version calls it the "Astro" bumper. All docs list it as "special front bumper."

Not a good design for the rust belt. The steel liner wasn't coated and quickly rusted.
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2012, 09:18:32 AM »

Sonny
Thanks for the link. It appears the only option we have is the weight as it is 2000 miles away

William
I'm glad mine's not from the rust belt. My Camaro came from the dry rot belt. My bumper is perfect

Thanks, Joe
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2012, 10:20:03 AM »

Originals weigh about 12 lbs, the repros weigh about 8 lbs. Real ones are almost exactly 3" tall while the repros are just over 2 3/4" tall measured across the back of the bumper from lip to lip. Repros are more flexible the the originals (softer urethane), theres also a difference in the tabs the the center brackets attach to, the bracket consists of two metal tabs next to each other, one about twice the width of the other, but at different heights to match the bracket that attaches to the frame rail. On the repros both of these brackets are square, while on the original bumpers the larger of the two tabs has an angled cut on the edge furthest from the bumper, and it also has a circular notch cut out of the smaller of the two tabs, the repros smaller tab is just a rectangle, the repros have a square notch cut out on the edge of the larger tab, next to the smaller tab where the tabs meet.  Originals are made from an amber colored urethane, repros are molded in a grey colored urethane.
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2012, 12:08:47 PM »

a very good summary of he differences, Mark...   
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2012, 02:18:34 PM »

Is there any one that can repair them?
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2012, 03:11:34 PM »

There are urethane repair materials available, but I can't say how well they can be repaired, as the only repairs I've noticed were the 'bad repair jobs'.. (but of course, it it was repaired perfectly, I would not have noticed..).. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2012, 06:44:12 PM »

Check out You Tube video!  (Tv Ad Series 1969 Camaro RS)
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2012, 07:30:27 PM »

This is a


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