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Old 12-01-2005, 05:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is the rear body panel supposed to have a slight curve to it between the two quarters? How about the bumper?
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Old 12-01-2005, 05:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Mine does, I've always assumed it is correct, but I don't know for sure.
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Old 12-01-2005, 08:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My rear bumber does have a slight concave curve to it.
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Old 12-01-2005, 10:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ditto for mine
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Old 12-02-2005, 12:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yep - mine curves just a little bit too.
After all the posts some time ago about the now-current inferior quality of aftermarket Nordan bumpers, I'll be sure to get my originals rechromed when the time comes. The new bumpers, I seem to recall, have no curve at all- dead straight (although I'm open to correction on that if any VMF'ers have proof to the contrary). I've especially noticed the slight curve on 67 Shelbys where the (original) bumper just doesn't seem to follow the straight lines of the Cougar taillights. On the regular Stangs with blank tail panels, it's a bit harder to detect.
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Sure, right after you back into your father-in-laws Caddy. :rofl:
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Old 12-02-2005, 10:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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got a repro bumper from Mustangs Unlimited...nice gentle curve...just like its supposed to be...
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Just so we're clear, concave means curve inward towards the car, right? My 68 FB was like that and it looked fine UNTIL I tried to put a NOS flip down gas cap on and then I realized that the cap would not clear. In fact, the bumper had been hit at sometime in the past. Had to put a new Norton bumper on, that had no curve on it, to correct the situation. Incidently, the new Norton bumpers, if mine is a normal example, aren't the best in terms of chrome quality and thickness. Bumper vibrates when I shut the trunk. Mark
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Old 12-02-2005, 06:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I've got the original (rusty) bumper still on the back of my 68 fastback and it's got the curve in it. A few weeks ago I was at my local Mustang parts distributor (he sells Mustangs Unlimited stuff) and noticed a rear bumper for a 68 hanging on the wall. I got to talking with him and said that the bumper wasn't correct, it was straight. His response: "When Ford made the originals they were too long so they curved them to make them the right length. So now the companies that reproduce them make them the correct length to begin with. That's why they're straight" Them he offered to knock $20 off the price if I bought one of them. No thanks. I'll stick with the curve.
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