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Jimmie
11-07-2008, 10:00 PM
I am thinking about either leaaving the front bumper off my 50 Bullet Nose or fixing it so that I can remove it along with the braces quite easily. I have always felt that the bumper really gets in the way of the design that was and is so unique. I know that leaving it off would be asking for trouble if in an accident thus my consideration for a quick disconnect when I am displaying it at fairs etc. I have also considered using one of the thinner ones from fron of a 1948 model or what about painting it to match the color of the car?????

Jimmie
Orleans, IN

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa221/studerich/Jim%20Judy/Picture1.jpg
1950 CHAMPION -ORANGE COUNTY, INDIANA
I'VE SAVED SO MUCH DAYLIGHT THAT THERE'S NO DARK TO SLEEP IN ANYMORE!

bridgegaurd
11-07-2008, 10:16 PM
quote:Originally posted by Jimmie

I am thinking about either leaaving the front bumper off my 50 Bullet Nose or fixing it so that I can remove it along with the braces quite easily. I have always felt that the bumper really gets in the way of the design that was and is so unique. I know that leaving it off would be asking for trouble if in an accident thus my consideration for a quick disconnect when I am displaying it at fairs etc. I have also considered using one of the thinner ones from fron of a 1948 model or what about painting it to match the color of the car?????

Jimmie
Orleans, IN

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa221/studerich/Jim%20Judy/Picture1.jpg
1950 CHAMPION -ORANGE COUNTY, INDIANA
I'VE SAVED SO MUCH DAYLIGHT THAT THERE'S NO DARK TO SLEEP IN ANYMORE!


I agree the bumper just don't help the design. A tube bracket perhaps with a single pull pin on each one. That you pull the bumper off and slide a bullet machined insert back in to cover the hole.

Try making a tracing of the front end from a picture and drawing up some differnet ideas. You could aslo remove brackets and all and have some inserts to smooth it out. Imagination is what seperates each car from the herd.

barnlark
11-07-2008, 11:13 PM
Jimmie,
I'm not sure what all of the bumper options are for your car, but if nothing else, the bumper guards ruin the lines for me. The simple stock bumper lines always look better, I think. It's easy to fall in love with the search for optional accessories and clutter things up sometimes. I like your model with, or without bumpers. It's a unique front end, to state the obvious.
Be safe either way. [8D]

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52hawk
11-08-2008, 10:22 AM
Remember 'nerf bars'? Buddy of mine built some on a custom VW and had them chromed.... http://www.rodandcustommagazine.com/tipstricks/0501rc_nerf_bars/index.html

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JBody
11-09-2008, 01:49 PM
You can have it both ways. Take the bumper OFF, and send it out to be replated. Then, put it back ON, after the novelty wears off. Why place form before function? It is there for a purpose. I would not remove the Headlight Pods or the bolt-on tailfins on my 58 on a whim, because they function beautifully-the fins stabilize the car and the increased lighting is beneficial at very high speeds. Well, aren't they? :)

Gunslinger
11-09-2008, 06:38 PM
A lot might depend on your state laws. In some states, if you make substantial changes to the car from original, it has to be registered as a street rod. If it's substantially still stock, it gets registered as antique, classic or historic, as your state defines it...or you can register it as any other newer car with standard registration.

To my way of thinking, if it's registered as a street rod, then you're within the law with your bumper modifications. To register it as stock or classic, you leave the bumper system in place. To do otherwise might place you in legal jeopardy in case of a collision.

It's arguable, so you should check your state laws and get an opinion from someone qualified.




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