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New option for an 82 Brat rear bumper
Posted 29 March 2004 - 09:00 PM
And I found a steel rear bumper with a hitch ball from a 1979 Chevrolet LUV pickup truck that is almost a direct bolt in. And the chevy bumper is about 59.5 inches which is the perfect width for the Brat. The hitch ball is lowered on the bumper so there is no issue with opening the tailgate with the new bumper installed.
Installation: The original "bumper mounts" on the Brat are bolted in the frame tubes on the differential side of the tube (ie. towards the center of the vehicle). To install the new bumper I just need to drill the same holes on the outside of the tubes, cut the mounting arms from the chevy bumper a bit shorter, drill holes in the mounting arms to match my newly drilled "frame tube holes" and bolt it in.......no welding involved!!! Actually the new installation will be stronger than the original bumper because the "ousides" of the frame tubes are already strenghtened by the tow hooks that are welded on that side of the frame tube.
I really like the idea of having a hitch. Not that I am going to be towing very much or very far with my whopping 70hp EA81 motor but its nice to have for the occasional task.
Posted 30 March 2004 - 12:41 AM
Posted 30 March 2004 - 08:04 AM
Posted 30 March 2004 - 08:07 PM
Posted 30 March 2004 - 08:42 PM
Posted 31 March 2004 - 06:52 AM
I dont even know what the original bumper on the brat looks like........mine was a mangled mess from a bit of rear end damage.
Posted 02 April 2004 - 10:54 AM
This brat has gone through some major body work and rust removal. The Chevy Luv bumper is on, its primed and ready to be painted.
Any suggestions on color? It used to be a gold color and it has a brown/tan interior.
Posted 02 April 2004 - 01:01 PM
Posted 02 April 2004 - 01:09 PM
I think this color might get the looks (its not my vehicle.....just an example)........dare to be bold.
Posted 02 April 2004 - 01:31 PM
Posted 02 April 2004 - 01:47 PM
Just take some measurements from your car and then head out to a junkyard with a tape measure to see what might work. You can always make your own bumper mount brackets if need be.
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