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Bumper iron anomaly

Discussion in 'Bodywork & Interior' started by dmblbit, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. dmblbit

    dmblbit Active Member

    I am in the process of replacing my bent and droopy front bumper with another (better, but not perfect). On the passenger side the bumper iron doesn't reach the bumper. Short by about 3/4". I'm assuming the iron was bent when the bumper was damaged, but just wanted to check before attempting to force it.

    The iron itself doesn't look like it's going to bend that easily.

    The irons are different each side. Driver side is longer and has captive nut welded to it. Passenger side has no welded nut. Has somebody been improvising perhaps?
  2. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    The irons are handed, but they should be mirror images of each other.
  3. quattro

    quattro Well-Known Member

    Mine has a captive nut which the bolt coming through from the wheel arch screws into, i.e. holding the bracket to the body. The other end, which holds the bumper, doesn't have a nut as the captive nut is in the bumper.

    Saying that, I have seen some with no captive nuts. They may be from an older model, or just a different one, e.g. a 2000? Seems you may have one of each

  4. GRTV8

    GRTV8 Well-Known Member

    Harveyp6 nailed it
  5. dmblbit

    dmblbit Active Member

    I'm not home right now, so can't check, but from memory, the passenger side is definitely shorter. Are the irons off the 2 litre car different to the v8 ones? Maybe I've got one of each?
  6. colnerov

    colnerov Well-Known Member

    Hi, I had a similar situation on one of my cars, the car had had an accident and the impact had pushed the bumper and its iron back. After getting the necessary parts to repair it the iron wouldn't fit, the same as yours, it turned out the box type outrigger it bolts to was crushed either from the accident or because some gorilla had tightened up the bolt too much. So something to check.

  7. dmblbit

    dmblbit Active Member

    Colin: I really hope it’s not that, although it must be a possibility, as the bumper had clearly taken quite a wallop on that side. Will check when I get home.
  8. dmblbit

    dmblbit Active Member

    Thanks Harvey. Will check again when I get home and maybe update thread with a photo.

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