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My '75 coupe rear bumper cover was disintegrating bad. It is time for replacement with a flexi-fibreglass product. The local CL had one listed a couple of weeks ago. NIB... I got it for a good deal..no shipping costs..and the fellow had the brackets as well. It is from Ecklers.
here's the old cover..original poly product. many cracks to say the least.

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It came off sort of in one piece. I was hoping to salvage it and make a wall hanging, maybe even get the tailites working for display.
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I started to wash it up a bit and this is how it ended up!!
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Just fell apart as I touched it.
not much to salvage.
This is what I bought..NIB.

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Now to test mount the new cover..
graham.
 

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Bumper Cover Part 2..(pic heavy!)

This is what is hiding behind the bumper cover:
I found out that ALL of these supports neither fit, nor are required, with the new fibreglass cover! No instructions to tell you that with the cover?
The tail-lights normally are fastened to the rings that are sandwiched thru the cover and around the right/left supports. The new cover doesn't use any of this and the lenses just screw directly into the fibreglass. I thought this was odd but it just might work.
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Cleaning more parts:
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All the bracket/supports removed:
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Inside passenger side rear fender.. Look I found that darn Key Box!!!
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Inside drivers side rear fender: note alarm horn..I removed and repainted it and made sure it worked.
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Here are the mounting brackets that go around the perimiter of the cover to fasten it to the car body.
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Stay tuned for part #3.....
thanx for looking.
graham
 
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Great pics. My rear bumper was replaced a couple of years ago. The front is still original and is on my to do list someday.
 
Here's a couple of pics...

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Mine use the mounting rings with the screws going through the plastic "tubes"

Hope this helps.

Greg.
 
CASE.. Thanx for doing that for me.
That is the way I thought it should work...BUT Ecklers couldn't tell me for sure. I believe they intend the two lens screws to just go into the fibreglass.
No rings or standoffs like the factory install.
I thought that was bad. I'm going to do it just like yours.
thanx again pal.
That helps a lot.
graham
 
CASE.. Thanx for doing that for me.
That is the way I thought it should work...BUT Ecklers couldn't tell me for sure. I believe they intend the two lens screws to just go into the fibreglass.
No rings or standoffs like the factory install.
I thought that was bad. I'm going to do it just like yours.
thanx again pal.
That helps a lot.
graham

No problem Graham. Us C3'ers have to stick together! :D

Looking forward to the final result.

Greg.
 
Bumper Cover Part 3..Laser Fun!

Welcome back.
I had an issue the other day with my new bumper cover.
How can I transfer the required holes(3) behind the license plate to the new cover? Three bolts go thru these holes into the aluminum bumper structure.
I tried measuring from a known point but that wasn't working for me....In the middle of the nite(again!) it came to me...I could hardly wait to get up in the morning to try it.
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I got out my laser level and set it up at the back of the car and pointed it at one of the holes.
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Then carefully put the f/g bumper cover in place...and marked the hole location(s). I did this three times.... Slick & Quick...!!!!!
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Drilled the holes and mounted the cover.
Next we're on to the peripheral holes to sandwhich the cover to the car body.
Then transfer the license plate mounting hardware to the new cover.
i wonder if I'll get to use the laser again? lol
thanx for looking......................graham

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Alway more than one way to skin a cat.... good thinking, if giving enough time to think we can usually find our way.
" A Tip of the Hat" to you on this one.
Great Idea .
 
Great idea Graham. It's amazing what we can come up with sometimes to solve a problem. Looks like you're making good progress. Let me know if there's anymore I can do to help. :)

Greg.
 
Bumper Cover to body Fitment.

I did some more trimming to make the Ecklers bumper cover fit properly.
The vertical structural bumper pieces needed to be trimmed to allow the cover to sit high enough. Marked with tape.
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Here they are trimmed..
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Re-install verts and the cover fits much better now.
Now to mark the holes in the body with stripe-tape..put cover in-place and mark cover....
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Then transfer these locations to the mating edge and drill..(18 holes)
Here is the stud kit from Ecklers......I also made some aluminum spreader bars for the body side on the 'sandwich.
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thanx for looking... graham
 
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Tail-Light Fitting........

Thanx to pictures from CASE I decided to use the factory mounting rings to fit the tail-lights to the cover. I believe Ecklers intended the lens' to be simply screwed into two holes in the fibreglass. I found that odd!
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Added a couple more holes for the license plate lamp.
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Here are the brackets and lens' in-place....job done....
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Here's the holes all done.
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Here is their supplied template....... I didn't use it at all...
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Then drilled the proper size holes from the back of the cover.
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The license lamp broke..so I guess I'll order a new one.
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Now to go and put all the studs into place.The passenger side rear fender needs to be pulled in about a 1/4" to fit properly.
We'll see how that goes very soon.

thanx for looking.........................graham
 
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