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Default Hinged bumper

assumed our bumper was hinged...bad on me as you should just never assume...but, realized this and wanted to know if there was a way to re hinge it.

The holes on the bumper do not line up at all with the hinge and in fact don't even come close to being able to make contact.

hopefully the attachments can help show.

Pic 1
is with the hinge under the bumper
this is under the passenger side

Pic 2
is with the hinge inside the bumper
this is under the driver side

With having to open the front up today, having a hinged bumper would really help. When I put the bumper back on I put one hinge inside and the other outside just to play around with trying to see if they fit one way or other.

Anyone know what could be done to accomplish this.

Thanks

~T
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http://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.co...ead.php?t=4191 see post #20 and others.
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Thanks, saw this posting earlier today.....found Finn's picture video on how to open up to swing the radiator out, that's when I assumed I had a hinged bumper.

hinges are there, maybe at some point they got disconnected and now won't reconnect.

anyway to fix it/modify it?

or do I have to go find a welder and make a whole new hinge?

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Attached are a few photos of the hing bumper project on our previous 1974 BB.
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Attached are a few photos of the hing bumper project on our previous 1974 BB.
Did you make this?

I don't know if our hinges are original...is that how these came? The holes are there and seem like they would have at some point been attached.

did you have what is on ours, took them off and you just made/added the one you have now?

if we could get what we have on ours work, that'd be great.

otherwise it looks like your saying we have to find someone to make something like yours?

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Did you make this?

I don't know if our hinges are original...is that how these came? The holes are there and seem like they would have at some point been attached.

did you have what is on ours, took them off and you just made/added the one you have now?

if we could get what we have on ours work, that'd be great.

otherwise it looks like your saying we have to find someone to make something like yours?

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Yes, I made them. No factory or PO hinges that I recall...it's 10 years since hinging the bumper. I did this as part of the swing radiator project.
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assumed our bumper was hinged...bad on me as you should just never assume...but, realized this and wanted to know if there was a way to re hinge it.

The holes on the bumper do not line up at all with the hinge and in fact don't even come close to being able to make contact.

hopefully the attachments can help show.

Pic 1
is with the hinge under the bumper
this is under the passenger side

Pic 2
is with the hinge inside the bumper
this is under the driver side

With having to open the front up today, having a hinged bumper would really help. When I put the bumper back on I put one hinge inside and the other outside just to play around with trying to see if they fit one way or other.

Anyone know what could be done to accomplish this.

Thanks

~T
A thought. Remove the hinges, flip them 180 and re-install them. Looks like the flat with two holes goes on the inside of the bumper.
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If Curt's idea doesn't work just cut some metal plate and bridge the gap... Hinge is just for making it easy to reinstall the bumper.
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A thought. Remove the hinges, flip them 180 and re-install them. Looks like the flat with two holes goes on the inside of the bumper.
thanks for the idea!!
maybe if it's a warmer day like today tomorrow I'll give it a try.

if it doesn't work, who knows.
but it would be nice to have it hinged. It has a swing out radiator, so not sure why it's not hinged.

thanks for posting the pictures, makes for a good reference if we do have to have someone make something for us.

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I did the same thing on my 83FC but I put stops on it so it could act as a step. That facilitated being able to get up inside the engine cavity.
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