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    I kinda felt like I was starting to brag a little about how well "Big Red" has been running and driving...
    Well now Have to tell you I busted her up On this road trip to Pa this past week end.
    .I crawled under her today.Looks like I bent the inner inner mounting panel behind the bumper up also.
    I might need some professional help to get her right.
    we will see...


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    I spent the day yesterday getting all of the bumper bolts removed from the bent rear bumper.
    The saying ignorance is bliss keep coming into my head.
    If I had never worked with good air tools I would not know any different .
    I had to rig an extension handle on my SK Wayne 3/8's drive ratchet to break quite a few of the bolts loose.
    The bent bumper is loose.Now I have to get it free of the body it's self.Being bent just enough,the bumper brackets will not clear the factory rear valance holes.It was getting late in the day.It was time to call it quits any ways..

    I did take her for a ride before I started working on her.Her performance is still doing great.The more I drive her the better she seems to run.Typical of other small block Chevys I have owned in the past....
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    Replacing a supposed top of the line pair of new brake rotors for a better drilled & slotted set.
    The current brake rotors got a bit of rusty if they set idle for a week or so.
    These where a good brand name of brake products.
    I noticed while the box had the American brake company name on the box The rotors them selves where Manufactured in China in very small print..Distributed by the American company
    Older American made brake rotors I have ran in the past.Would take months before ANY rust would show up from setting.
    The local parts store shut there doors that had a brake lath ..

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    the used bumper is not too bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    I spent the day yesterday getting all of the bumper bolts removed from the bent rear bumper.
    The saying ignorance is bliss keep coming into my head.
    If I had never worked with good air tools I would not know any different .
    I had to rig an extension handle on my SK Wayne 3/8's drive ratchet to break quite a few of the bolts loose.
    The bent bumper is loose.Now I have to get it free of the body it's self.Being bent just enough,the bumper brackets will not clear the factory rear valance holes.It was getting late in the day.It was time to call it quits any ways..

    I did take her for a ride before I started working on her.Her performance is still doing great.The more I drive her the better she seems to run.Typical of other small block Chevys I have owned in the past....
    I 'blue tip wrench' bumper bolts off, they usually end up snapping anyway. The few dollars spent for new ones is worth it to avoid the aggravation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post
    I 'blue tip wrench' bumper bolts off, they usually end up snapping anyway. The few dollars spent for new ones is worth it to avoid the aggravation.
    My heat wrench Is out of oxygen...
    While I am good enough with a cutting tourch, to remove the heads with out nicking the bracket.That leaves the threaded bolts in the frame rails...
    I got every thing loose just using brute strength.Some liquid wrench and a couple of other tricks.Snapped two El Cheap O extensions off...No biggie she looks decent again....

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    I am not scared of spending money on new hardware for any job...
    Browns Auto Parts gave me a zip lock baggie full of bolts they removed from the bumper...
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    Next project is to replace all of the hardware in the hinges on the Gull wing.
    This will hold me over until I can remake my hinges.
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    My heat wrench Is out of oxygen...
    While I am good enough with a cutting tourch, to remove the heads with out nicking the bracket.That leaves the threaded bolts in the frame rails...
    I got every thing loose just using brute strength.Some liquid wrench and a couple of other tricks.Snapped two El Cheap O extensions off...No biggie she looks decent again....

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    I am not scared of spending money on new hardware for any job...
    Browns Auto Parts gave me a zip lock baggie full of bolts they removed from the bumper...
    I have torched lug nuts out of aluminum wheels without damaging the wheel.... all that means is I've had to do it waaay too often...
    Gregg Groff


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post
    I have torched lug nuts out of aluminum wheels without damaging the wheel.... all that means is I've had to do it waaay too often...
    BTDT my self...Because my bosses at the time where cheap skates and they knew I could handle a cutting torch...


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