26lbs off the nose Bam !

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  1. Johnny Dart

    Johnny Dart Well-Known Member

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    Bumper off my 73 Scamp project.
    Took it apart, and there is this huge steel plate that weighs 17lbs on its own. Must have been a new safety thing in 73. Add the bumperetes, and it's at 26lbs!!!! Adios, see you later. Soon I will take look at the back bumper and see what Chrysler has cooking back there. :welcome:

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    • gzig5

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      I had a 77 Aspen RT and always thought that the bumpers were huge and I could probably save 100 pounds per end by getting rid of some of that stuff
       
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      rumblefish360 Getting closer FABO Gold Member

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      Yes! New safety standard by the US government!
       
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      • thesiren74

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        I had that on my 74 Duster heavy sob
         
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          I have the rear shock deal on mine and thinking of ditching that also.
           
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          • dartfreak75

            dartfreak75 Restore it, Dont part it! FABO Gold Member

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            Im gonna do the same to my 75 dart eventually. Im also gonna delete them 75 shocks and do a solid mount I just gotta figure out how to fab it up. My plan is to use bumper brackets like you have pictured and fabricate it to work. One of my shocks are compressed so there is a large gap on one side and not the other. It's hard to see in photos but in person it's really noticeable.

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            • jos51700

              jos51700 Green Bearing thread connoisseur

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              I got a '73 Duster rear bumper sitting in the driveway. Damn thing has to weigh close to 100 pounds all by itself. It's got some interior structure that's a carryover from some Chrysler battleship design program, or it may possibly be a New Yorker frame rail shoved in sideways.

              The front bumper on my '72 Dart has double the brackets it really needs and still weighs only about 40 pounds
               
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              • Johnny Dart

                Johnny Dart Well-Known Member

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                Look into drilling the shocks, and letting the gas out ?
                I remember reading about this trick.
                Read first before you do it. :)
                 
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                • RustyRatRod

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                  I certainly see Johnny's point in doing it since he races his car a LOT, but I don't see the point in doing this to a mostly street car at all. That is, not unless you want to be looking for more of some already hard to find parts. That crash beam can stop a LOT of damage from happening in a slow speed crash. You'll be pissed off when you wipe out the nose of your car at 15 MPH.
                   
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                  • K.O. SWINGER

                    K.O. SWINGER Meeting in the alley since 1976

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                    I always thought those low impact bumpers were just hideous.it must have been an insurance thing because I can't see it was saving any lives.
                     
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                    • Bigdummy

                      Bigdummy Not a Nova FABO Gold Member

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                      It's bad enough I have fiberglass bumpers
                       
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                      • RustyRatRod

                        RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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                        It was all part of the slow speed crash deal. The beginning of the "car designed to crash" era. They ultimately evolved into cars that save lives.
                         
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                        • Johnny Dart

                          Johnny Dart Well-Known Member

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                          Then you might as well take every 1972-down bumper off and bolt on a 16lb piece of steel on the inside of it. Because as you know, none of them had them. :rolleyes:
                           
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                          • RustyRatRod

                            RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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                            Just makin the best of what ya got, ya know?
                             
                          • dirty white boy

                            dirty white boy 50 yr old Juvenal delinquent

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                            you ca
                            you can swap out that front bumper with 80ish ford fairmont front bumper, its aluminum and cant hardly tell the difference other than that and the weight difference!
                             
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                            • Johnny Dart

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                              Precisely.... :thumbsup:
                               
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                              The front 5 mile impact bumpers were required in 73 and the rear ones in 74 so the rear bumper of your 73 is the same basic bumper used from 1970 to 1973 (with exception of twin or single rear light set up) so you won't find a big piece of steel to throw away under your back bumper.
                               
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                              • mderoy340

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                                The front and back of my 73 Dart Sport have the extra beam.
                                 
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                                • A56

                                  A56 MoPar Affliction

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                                  Not sure what shipping would cost but maybe RRR would like them for his car.:poke:
                                   
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                                  Why didn't I think of that ? :)
                                   
                                • pittsburghracer

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                                  Both of mine are ditched 3DA40B0D-BD64-4284-B226-3A7F0ED517B9.jpeg F3967B6B-EFCB-447A-87FB-A2BB7DF90EEF.jpeg
                                   
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                                  • RustyRatRod

                                    RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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                                    My car actually has nice lookin bumpers.
                                     
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                                    • Killer6

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                                      It had everything to do with saving insurance companies $, and very little to do with saving Your ass, not that it didn't help some at low speeds.... The premise being premiums would go down if street & lot parking incidents didn't always cause paint & body damage. "5mph" was the standard for no damage requiring repairs or major parts replacement, something tells Me the savings/premium ratio made the ins.co.s a bunch of $$$,.........
                                       
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                                      • A56

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                                        No doubt that they are, she's a beauty...but are they safe?:rolleyes:
                                         
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                                        RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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                                        Yeah. Safe as a 64 can be!
                                         
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