View Poll Results: What type of front bumper do you have an why?

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  • I have a chrome bumper - I want to keep the original look...and I dont care about the weight

    34 47.22%
  • I have a chrome bumper - I want to keep the original look...but would love a lightweight alternative

    8 11.11%
  • I removed my front bumper - For weight savings

    4 5.56%
  • I removed my front bumper - I think it looks better

    15 20.83%
  • I have a fiberglass front bumper (please note why in comments below)

    3 4.17%
  • Other (please note in comments below)

    8 11.11%
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  1. #1
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    Attention 1st Gen F-body Owners: What type of front bumper do you have? Why?

    Im seeing a lot of cars without front bumpers and I'm wondering why. Is it for looks or for weight reduction?

    Pete

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    In my case I have a fiberglass front bumper that I want to have painted. I need to reduce the weight on the nose of the car as well as just wanting to look different than every other Camaro I see.

    -Jim
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    I wanted to put a light weight bumper on but they wanted 200 bucks? and a chrome cheapo-repo was 89 bucks and was lighter than the box it came out of

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    I suspect most 1 gen Camaro owners remove the front bumper to clean up the look. I had my bumper in the basement for 30 years. I have now reinstalled it simply because most owners remove it. As for weight savings, that is a very minor issue as the stock bumper doesn't weigh much to start with.
    Steve Hayes
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    I'm going fiberglass with a chrome vinyl wrap, my car will be mostly track, but I want it to look as close to original as possible
    67 Camaro CAM/C-prepared autocross Project
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    I think it's mostly for looks. As stated above, they don't weigh anything, and sometimes if a car is going towards a more race bred look, it looks appropriate without it, the Sunoco and Yunick 68 Camaros come to mind.

    Me personally, there was a time I wanted to run a 1st gen without it. Now that I'm getting to my 67 Camaro I've decided that I want to run one now, mainly because so many people have run without them, and I realize I do like the look with them on too.
    Josh Campbell- Pushing the limits of my HOA since 2011
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    82 Z28- cheapie beater, soon to get a 406.
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    I'm maintaining the front bumper but I'm bringing in both outer corners about 5/8" on each side to tighten it up. I'm also taking the lower valance and moving the road light out 2" on each side and then opening up the center with a 5" x 22" (wider at the top than the bottom), opening to give it a similar look as the newer Corvette (C6) has. It has been work, but worth it. I know Anvil and Marquez each have a custom lower valance but they are either fiberglass or carbon fiber. Mine will be all steel which I prefer. I have done the same narrowing to the rear bumper as well. Looks like a true Camaro but very clean. I still have about 18 months to go on this 69 Camaro.

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    I had to remove it for my intercooler cold piping/mounts... I don't mind the look without it though so it's a win win.

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    I have a fiberglass one for weight savings.
    But I think I will end up getting the aluminum one for weight savings over stock & give some protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mean buzzen half dozen View Post
    I have a fiberglass one for weight savings.
    But I think I will end up getting the aluminum one for weight savings over stock & give some protection.
    I did not know there are aluminum ones??? Who is making them and what is the weight savings?
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    I removed mine because I did a custom Lower valance on my 68 Camaro Convertible

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    Ill be putting my front bumper on, but painted the body color. I like the looks
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    Quote Originally Posted by absintheisfun View Post
    Ill be putting my front bumper on, but painted the body color. I like the looks
    I was going to ask what people thought of this idea. I thought about doing the same thing.

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    I'm keeping the steel bumper but painting it the body color. I also did a lot of modifications to make the bumper fit the body nice and tight. I spent a good 12 to 15 hours on it but it's worth the time and trouble.

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    Removed mine like the look without

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    I have a steel bumper but I have narrowed it, hidden the bolt heads, and modified both ends to fit tight against the body. It will be painted the body color.
    1969 Camaro custom build with 418 LS3, T56, TCI front sub frame, and narrowed Fab 9 rear.

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    My 68, a pic from 1983ish, I took the bumper off just cuz I liked the look
    My 67, a current pic, will not be running a front bumper either. When you dump bucks into a lower valance, you want to show it off!
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    Weight savings .... Really. I welded up the bolt holes and will paint it the same color as the body.

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    I split my 67 front bumper . I like the bumper from side profile. But I also want to show off my lower valence work

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    Yes, painting the bumpers body color is a cheap/easy alternative and surprisingly good looking.




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