Norcal Vdubs


Northern California's Largest VW Enthusiasts Group
 
HomeCalendarFAQSearchMemberlistUsergroupsRegisterLog in

Share | 
 

 '69 Bumper Restoration

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
Mateo
Admin
avatar

Posts : 1919
Join date : 2010-08-22
Age : 49
Location : North Auburn

PostSubject: '69 Bumper Restoration   Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:53 pm

Loaded the family up yesterday and we took a drive down to the coast. It was overcast, windy, and cold so we didn't spend too much time at the beach relaxing but it was nice to see the ocean. It had been a few months, it was time.

Anyway, we spent most of the day cruising up and down HWY 1 which is always a blast and we came across a couple of V-Dubs and had a few conversations. Good fun. One of them happened to be a '68 Ghia with the original bumpers.

That pretty much cinched it and today I dug my original bumpers out of the rafters to see what I have to deal with.



The chrome on the front bumper is in good shape, but it is not so straight as you can see in the above picture .



The rear bumper is in great shape except for a small dimple in the middle.

I have zero experience in this area and am not sure if the front and rear 'blades' can be straightened out without jacking up the chrome???

Anybody have any thoughts or experience with this sort of thing?

I am going to disassemble them tonight and I can take some better pictures if needed.

I am looking for a direction...

Figured I would see if I could get these ready to mount while I wait for my front beam.

_________________
Cool Mateo - Wicked Racing ┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐
Ghia is a way of life............ (o)(=|=)(o)
- 2012 NASA Rookie of the Year
- '69 Karmann Ghia Coupe - May(hem) - "WIKED KG" Super Street
- '69 Drag Ghia - Kay(os) -"Wicked Sister"
- Still looking for a low light
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Low Class
State Route
avatar

Posts : 297
Join date : 2010-07-12
Age : 54
Location : Penn Valley

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:37 pm

Go Matt! I love the overiders
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Mateo
Admin
avatar

Posts : 1919
Join date : 2010-08-22
Age : 49
Location : North Auburn

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:42 pm

Yea, after seeing them all done up correctly at Bug-O-Rama, and then yesterday seeing them on this guy's '68 I am really wanting to get them put on.

It's just a matter of getting them straightened out and not spending a ton of dough...

_________________
Cool Mateo - Wicked Racing ┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐
Ghia is a way of life............ (o)(=|=)(o)
- 2012 NASA Rookie of the Year
- '69 Karmann Ghia Coupe - May(hem) - "WIKED KG" Super Street
- '69 Drag Ghia - Kay(os) -"Wicked Sister"
- Still looking for a low light
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Davids74Super
SacTown
avatar

Posts : 948
Join date : 2010-07-08
Age : 28
Location : Wilton, CA

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:53 pm

I have straightened a few bumpers in my day. The way I find works best is to start by knocking out all the small dents or what you call dimples in the bumpers using a hammer and punch. Then work on getting the shape of the bumper back in order, your's doesn't look too far off. Then use locking pliers (2 sets) and a happer to straighten the top and bottom edges. Wrap a towel around it to not cause as much damage to the chrome. Now they wont come out perfect, but good enough for a driver. I will find a couple pics of bumpers I have done.

Back to top Go down
View user profile
Davids74Super
SacTown
avatar

Posts : 948
Join date : 2010-07-08
Age : 28
Location : Wilton, CA

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:55 pm

Before: See all the waves and dips on the top, the bottom was just as bad if not worse.



After: You can see it's still a little tweaked.

Back to top Go down
View user profile
Davids74Super
SacTown
avatar

Posts : 948
Join date : 2010-07-08
Age : 28
Location : Wilton, CA

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:56 pm

I did some straightening on this one. No before pic though.

Back to top Go down
View user profile
silvertonguedevil
SacTown
avatar

Posts : 3101
Join date : 2011-01-13
Age : 40
Location : Seaside, Oregon....er, I mean California

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:37 pm

This would freak me out. I'd probably just end up sending it to have it straightened and rechromed at the same time.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Guest
Guest



PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:53 pm

I'm with David and Greg. Rubber mallets, a sand bag, pliers, towels.......If you spend some time, they will turn out okay. If you want them really nice, don't mess with them at all. Just send them out for straightening and re-chroming.
Back to top Go down
60herbie53
State Route
avatar

Posts : 2879
Join date : 2011-01-12
Age : 56
Location : Higgins Corner

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:27 am

If I get some time this week Matt you can bring them by. I'll see what I can do.

_________________

El Dorado Herbie and Dann
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.lovebugfans.com
Davids74Super
SacTown
avatar

Posts : 948
Join date : 2010-07-08
Age : 28
Location : Wilton, CA

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:43 am

David's74Super wrote:
Before: See all the waves and dips on the top, the bottom was just as bad if not worse.



After: You can see it's still a little tweaked.


I just remembered, I straightened this one with the bumper still on the car. Much more difficult to get it right.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
60herbie53
State Route
avatar

Posts : 2879
Join date : 2011-01-12
Age : 56
Location : Higgins Corner

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:45 am

Not bad for still being on the car David.

_________________

El Dorado Herbie and Dann
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.lovebugfans.com
Mateo
Admin
avatar

Posts : 1919
Join date : 2010-08-22
Age : 49
Location : North Auburn

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:05 am

That would be sweet Dann. Let me know I have them in parts and they are much easier to deal with. Even if we could just straighten out a couple of parts at a time that would be awesome.

I am not looking for show, just if they were a little straighter than they are. And some shine on the chrome.

Let me know, I am available most evenings.

Thanks...

_________________
Cool Mateo - Wicked Racing ┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐
Ghia is a way of life............ (o)(=|=)(o)
- 2012 NASA Rookie of the Year
- '69 Karmann Ghia Coupe - May(hem) - "WIKED KG" Super Street
- '69 Drag Ghia - Kay(os) -"Wicked Sister"
- Still looking for a low light
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Jim Douglas Jr
SacTown
avatar

Posts : 769
Join date : 2011-01-12
Age : 47
Location : San Francisco 415 307 0053

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:41 pm

Be careful where you send it for chroming. Most places in CA won't have the chemicals needed to do it right and you'll end up with a rusty bumper.

Back to top Go down
View user profile http://lovebugfans.com/
silvertonguedevil
SacTown
avatar

Posts : 3101
Join date : 2011-01-13
Age : 40
Location : Seaside, Oregon....er, I mean California

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:22 pm

I use Sherm's here in Sac. Spendy, but there is no better quality anywhere.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
60herbie53
State Route
avatar

Posts : 2879
Join date : 2011-01-12
Age : 56
Location : Higgins Corner

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:26 am

Bullcrap Greg. Krylon sells top quality chrome paint.

_________________

El Dorado Herbie and Dann
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.lovebugfans.com
silvertonguedevil
SacTown
avatar

Posts : 3101
Join date : 2011-01-13
Age : 40
Location : Seaside, Oregon....er, I mean California

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:25 am

Is that what you guys use up in the "Hills"?
Back to top Go down
View user profile
type 4
State Route
avatar

Posts : 2601
Join date : 2010-08-31
Age : 56
Location : Penn Valley

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:49 am

I saw a place in Yuba City on garden Hwy
Back to top Go down
View user profile
60herbie53
State Route
avatar

Posts : 2879
Join date : 2011-01-12
Age : 56
Location : Higgins Corner

PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:18 pm

silvertonguedevil wrote:
Is that what you guys use up in the "Hills"?

Yup. Cool

_________________

El Dorado Herbie and Dann
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.lovebugfans.com
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: '69 Bumper Restoration   

Back to top Go down
 
'69 Bumper Restoration
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» My 84 K100 RS restoration
» fenders,bumper,se wheels.tranny!
» Wanted: Scamp restoration project
» My 1986 K100RS restoration - now complete!
» Dash restoration: I need another option!

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Norcal Vdubs :: VW Tech and Chat-
Jump to: