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Old 01-13-2010, 01:13 AM   #1
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Needless to say, winter has not been nice. Long story short, some serious snow drifts broke my front bumper cover- now there is only the top half of the cover left. My options are to either replace it or try to get creative with fiberglass. I did some looking online and a replacement from a scrapyard would be about $150 -ish, then I'd have to paint it. That is the easy option.

I have only used fiberglass once to construct a custom sub box for the Bonneville. It took some time, but I enjoy a good project. However, I don't know if it will be practical to try to make a custom bumper. I would have to build it off the top half of the cover and I don't know how well fiberglass will adhere to it, as well as how strong it will be. When I made my sub box, I covered it with carpet. This project would require a lot more work to make a smooth paintable surface. And I don't know how many layers I would have to use- therefore I don't know how much it might cost me.

Any input or fiberglass experiences would help. Thanks
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Getting the lines just right is gonna be tough, even with Bondo its tough to get a perfectly smooth surface, I think for the time it would take to get it right plus materials and all it would be easier to get a used one painted that way you don't have downtime and all you have to do is just swap the bumpers when you get the painted one back
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Have you checked Ebay or the J/Y'*?
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Junkyards would have to order it. Looks like ebay has unpainted units for about $150 + about $85 shipping. Not bad, just paint it and call it a day.

Although a custom bumper sounded cool in my head, I imagine it would end up costing a lot more than a replacement part. Plus, there is a good chance the final product would end up looking goofy on the car.
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