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cultural infidel
11-17-2017, 12:08 PM
Many moons ago my wagon hit something and somewhat tweaked the bumper...

https://i.imgur.com/rE0QUmQ.jpg

Any idea on how I might straighten it out? Its bent inward and is touching the front fascia.

swvalcon
11-17-2017, 12:15 PM
If you have a shop press. Remove it and set it on two 2x4's at the front and something sharp in the center on the back side and slowly push it out.

Mike Van Veghten
11-17-2017, 12:34 PM
A Chrome Shop.

Mike

tsenecal
11-17-2017, 12:39 PM
Ogden Chrome does bumpers and has all of the original patterns to bring the bumper back to its original shape. Mine came back looking like new.

wdills
11-17-2017, 01:54 PM
I went to one of the big swap meets where all the chrome vendors show up. I bought stuff that was ready to go and they gave credit for my core.

Deaf Mute
11-17-2017, 04:02 PM
You might try Berry Hackney, in Texas. He has bumpers and does (or has contacts for) chrome plating www.studebakersite.com (http://www.studebakersite.com) . I He is a "straight shooter" and has always treated me right. I am sure he will be in Tacoma next year for the International Meet.

cultural infidel
11-17-2017, 04:06 PM
I guess I should have clarified that I was looking for a garage fix. I will see if I can get our small press at work fixed and maybe use that. I'm not trying to ship it out somewhere. I just dont want the bumper rubbing against the grill.

I did email a chrome shop around the corner from my shop to see what he says.

Noxnabaker
11-17-2017, 05:22 PM
I'd shape a piece of wood to knock it out from inside on a bag of sand...

TWChamp
11-17-2017, 07:03 PM
My 50 Champion front bumper was pushed back on the driver's side. I blocked the wheels to hold the car, then hooked an old tire over the end of the bumper, then used a chain and cable ratchet to pull the end forward. When it was forward I used a large C clamp to squeeze the outward bows where the bend too place, near the bumper to frame brace. The bumper came out perfect, and the chrome wasn't even cracked.

Looking at your bumper, I'd use about a foot long piece of steel bar stock, then drill two holes to match your 2 center holes. Use 2 long bolts and nuts to fasten the bar to the backside of the bumper, and connect each end of a 6 foot chain to the 2 bolts. Then block the wheels and pull forward on the chain with a cable ratchet, like I did on mine. Your bumper will be a tougher pull than mine was, but it's worth a try.

If this doesn't work, then I'd do as mentioned in #2 and #8.

lumpy
11-17-2017, 07:04 PM
The good news is that early lark bumpers are very thin and light weight . Should beat out without too much trouble.

BILT4ME
11-17-2017, 08:22 PM
I used a dead blow hammer and a block of wood as well as some body hammer to do mine. My bumper looked about the same when I started.

i also used a large hammer on one side as a weight and a small hammer on the other side with a LOT of small light hits so I didn't put hammer marks on it.

sals54
11-17-2017, 08:52 PM
Here's a couple of nice Lark bumpers on craigslist:
https://fresno.craigslist.org/pts/d/1960-studebaker-lark/6391081371.html
Only $75
Maybe he'll ship???

Lou Van Anne
11-17-2017, 09:04 PM
He treated me right after a bumper I bought from him proved to "straightened" incorrectly....he sent me a good one prepaid.
You might try Berry Hackney, in Texas. He has bumpers and does (or has contacts for) chrome plating www.studebakersite.com (http://www.studebakersite.com) . I He is a "straight shooter" and has always treated me right. I am sure he will be in Tacoma next year for the International Meet.