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Projects Stock rear bumpers with stock exhaust cut outs

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by punkabilly1306, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. punkabilly1306
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    So back story, I find a bunch of cars in the woods, most are toast but some salvage parts are lying around. I find this really cool rear bumper that has stock exhaust cut outs in it...kind of oval, pancake looking cut outs. The bumper has the general shape of a ‘54 Chevy or Ford front bumper. I thought it was coolest bumper so I held onto it for years but never got around to using it, so I gave it to another HAMBER. Now that I have my ‘54 Chevy, I wish I still had it.

    So my question, any ideas what it may have been or do you have any photos of bumpers with the factory exhaust treatments?


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  2. ...........Are you looking for "stock" bumpers with exhaust exits or "custom" ones? Your request is a bit fuzzy there.:confused:.....The first thing that came to mind were the '56 Ford Fairlane 500 bumpers. Maybe that's what you retrieved from the woods?
     
  3. Did they look like this? image4V-930x620.jpg
     
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    That is my guess also. Same general shape as the Chev, and flat oval openings for the exhaust.
     
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    stock bumpers that came with factory cut-outs.
     
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  7. ...........Yep.
     
  8. punkabilly1306
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    What a shame to think that such a beautiful car was just rotting in the woods! The hunt now begins for a '56 Fairlane rear bumper!
     
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    I'll bet you find one pretty easiIly. Not nearly as much interest in mid 50's fords . A shame cause I think they look even better than Chevys
     
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  11. punkabilly1306
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    There’s one on eBay but for $550!!!


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  12. s55mercury66
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    I grew up and lived in Athens, Ohio, for my first 38 years. There was an abandoned junkyard north of town that had a few of these, one was on a Sunliner. I scrounged a couple of them, as I had a '55 Crown at the time, but that was in the mid '70's and they have surely rusted into the ground by now.
     
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    Bummer, too. I have a buddy who lives in Athens


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  15. The problem back when these were new was that the tips would rot off pretty quickly. And even if they didn't, the exhaust fumes would corrode/discolor the chrome on the bumper. It was an interesting styling exercise, but wasn't around long on any make. I know on the Fords, the bumper exit usually disappeared at the first tailpipe replacement. The '55-56 Fords were notorious for rotting the tailpipes within just a few years, particularly with dual exhaust. Moving the mufflers towards the back of the car will help considerably. And this is a place where stainless pipe is a worth-while investment...
     
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  16. punkabilly1306
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    Knowing this now makes me even more bummed I got rid of the one I had! It was in solid shape and the chrome was still pretty solid


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  17. Dave Mc
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    Here is my Coupe Deville

    IMG_1086.JPG Stock tip 2.jpg 53 Cad Exhaust 1.jpg
     
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  19. BamaMav
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    I always thought that was one of those better ideas that really wasn't better. They looked good, until you got a smutty bumper from a too rich carb, or like already stated, started rusting out. The style on efabman's pic would probably be a little better as the exhaust exits a little farther from the bumper.
     
  20. Boden
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  21. .........Nope... Look closely.
     
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  22. The through-the-bumper outlets were standard on all '56 V8 Fairlane models; hardtops, crowns, 'verts, sedans. Not available on the lower-line models. One year only too, so that was an idea that didn't catch on...

    To gauge their non-popularity, by '60 you couldn't even buy the correct tailpipes for these from a parts store, the restorers had to have them custom-made.
     

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