So, bumpers. This turned into an all day affair on Saturday. I ended up needing to get all new hardware, so several runs to the local hardware store were in order. I started with the front, since that appeared to be the easiest. The bumper is held on by two large nuts that screw onto studs in the front of the car. There is a steel bracket that mounts to the bumper and also holds the front over rider in place. The over rider has a rubber strip that fits between it and the bumper. Fortunately, I had purchased that a couple of years back, so it just required cutting and fitting. Once I got the bumper together, it was a simple process of fitting it on the car and bolting it down. Easy! Here are pictures of the front bumper in pieces and together.
|Parts for the front bumper|
|Front bumper bracket and over rider installed|
|Parts for the back bumper|
But the challenges didn't stop there. I didn't know it, but the brackets that mounted on the side of the car are side specific (one was modified by the body shop as part of the rear end repair!), and of course, I put them on the wrong side. I did have a 50/50 chance! AND, I had completely fitted one side, which worked fine, before I found out that they were side specific. So I had to undo the one I had just finished to swap things around! Another hour gone!
Next it was time to install the license plate light on the bumper. I'm not going to use this light, opting for the lights in the plate bolts that I had purchased, so this is just being used to plug the hole in the bumper. I had found on ebay an good light housing and internals, and the lens from the one on the car was in good shape, so I put the two together got one good light. I mounted that with a piece of rubber channel gasket between it and the bumper, and it looks like factory!
Finally, I put the Jaguar and V8 / 350 badges on the car. I had these mounted before I had the paint redone, but I'm glad I took them off because I had them centered on the sides and it didn't look very good, so this time I favored the outside edge of the trunk, which looks a lot better. It's subtle, but makes a difference.
Sunday was overcast and rainy, but I did get a clear moment to put the car in the driveway and take some pictures. Here they are: