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I hate these C1 bumpers and center grill

firstgear

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I hate the front bumpers on my '60 vette......this is the biggest PIA there ever was......I have more than 40 hours in the darn things and they are still not done
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.....I am not a happy camper!
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I can get the outside bumpers right where I want them, but then there is the problem with the center grill bar. So, I thought I would get real tricky after pulling out what hair I had left and trim the center bar with my die grinder. I know, I shouldn't have to, but holy crap, I have enough time in this thing it should be coming together and I should be moving on. The more I touch things taped or not, the more nicks and marks I put in them....

But I trimmed it too far and now I am getting another center grill bar. My original bar I can see that someone WELDED the end tabs in place, they too must have had enough fun.

I have tried to put these darn things on as a unit as separate pieces....UGH....if you see a '60 vette at Carlisle that looks pretty good, but doesn't have the center grill in place, that is ME!

I am ordering a new grill today (maybe 2 of them) to have another go at it....
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firstgear

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anyone have a dimension of the very front of their center grill bar? Since the bar is tapered, I need the dimension on the very front corners of it.

I am hoping that might provide some insight.:hb
 

porch dog

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the one i have in the shop now is.
outside-271/8
inside 271/2
outside bolt hole c to c 31 3/8

i will be installing front grille surrounds and bumpers tomorrow. i'll let you know how it goes.
 

firstgear

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can I call you? I would like to talk to you about the original........PM me your phone number if you can....that would help a lot!!!

thanks, Herb
 

Rob Musquetier

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Herb,

Wait until you are going the fit the fan shroud or, even worse, the windshield wiper cables of these babies. Then you know what real STRESS is about!!!

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greetings,
Rob.
 

firstgear

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Herb,

Wait until you are going the fit the fan shroud or, even worse, the windshield wiper cables of these babies. Then you know what real STRESS is about!!!

:mad​

greetings,
Rob.
good news, no cables to stretch or fit! Not using the old wiper system! More good news, not using the old fan shroud! I am using a DeWitt aluminum radiator with electric fan!

Potentially more good, news, the bumpers that I had chromed straightened for my 60 might turn out to be 61/62 bumpers!;shrug If so then that could be the source of my problem! I will find out tonight, a friend is loaning his 50 bumper and bar to me for comparison!

If it isn't one thing, it is something else!
 

porch dog

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i'll be in the shop all day firstgear. will be working on the 62 most of the day. give me a call if you need to. i'll be glad to do some measuring for you. wipers on these cars are a breeze just like all the tri5's . once you know the trick :D

254 - 728 - 3510 let it ring cause i may be under this thing.
 

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