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Old 05-20-2006, 10:51 AM   #1
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As you guys probably know I bought a 91 corsica, and that the car is a pos. Well a friend of mine was telling me about this nasty front bumper his dad had on this old ranger, and he said it was made of 1/2" steel, and weighed more than the truck. But he could hit cars at 25, bounce off, and total the crap out of the victim car. I don't need anything to that extent.. but I want something that'll take some 10-20mph crashes and just bounce off. The car would be a lot more fun if it could take wrecks real well . The weight needs to be limited to around 50lbs/bumper.

The front has the perfect spot to mount to where the subframe attaches to the core support with some giant bolts. The rear doesn't have a single good spot but that rear end thing [where the wheels are attached to], which I don't think could handle much. The entire rear end past that is totally trashed [it'* so rusted if someone were to sit on my decklid the rearend would probably just fall right off].

Any ideas guys? Budget is $100.
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Just curious...you get in a lot of accidents? Or do you "play" demolition derby" often?

Sorry though, I am not privvy to the common sources of custom bumpers.
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sounds like you want to go around hitting people'* cars whether your friends or just people that irritate you.

What'* the deal? If the car is a pos why bother with putting a bumper on it that costs more than the car is worth?
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No, it'* not that I get in a lot of accidents. Nor is it that I will use it to go around hitting people'* cars. But if I do get in an accident, the car will be totalled. No doubt in my mind. So i'd like [mainly] to protect against that, and if I hit a couple carts around a parking lot it doesn't scratch my paint or completely ruin my already accidented bumpers. The car was in either a lot of fender benders or one big accident. Let'* put it this way, I have permanently cross-eyed headlights. .

Oh yeah, and as far as exceeding the car'* value, I paid $200 for it, but it'* worth a lot more than that. I could probably sell it for a good $1000, pushing $1500. That is, if I don't wreck it further. But I have a feeling I'll be the last owner of this car.
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You've got to do that, just for the H*ll of it. Don't let these guys stop you. My stepbrother was in a wreck in my dad'* old truck once, he had one of those big bars on the front, and it saved my brother'* life. What you should do, what my dad did, he closed in the ends of the tube, drilled a hole in it, put one of those regulators on it off of an air tank, and he held air in it to pump up his tires. Said it came in handy.
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damn that is a good idea.. my car leaks down to about 5psi in three tires in about 2-3 days!

you know i didn't think about that.. instead of a solid plate, to use bars like the ones on cop cars... only bigger, those ones look wimpy.
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damn that is a good idea.. my car leaks down to about 5psi in three tires in about 2-3 days!

you know i didn't think about that.. instead of a solid plate, to use bars like the ones on cop cars... only bigger, those ones look wimpy.
His was about 5 feet wide, like when they run metal pipes through the ground.
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Oh yeah, and as far as exceeding the car'* value, I paid $200 for it, but it'* worth a lot more than that. I could probably sell it for a good $1000, pushing $1500. That is, if I don't wreck it further. But I have a feeling I'll be the last owner of this car.
1.) Sell Corsica
2.) Get used LN3/trans
3.) Install used LN3/trans
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Yeah I was thinking about that, but I've got bigger and better plans for the Bonneville. Now i've got a good paying job, and throwing a couple grand in an engine is no big deal.. so a series II swap shall come.. I'm going to save up several grand and start up in the winter, buying stuff as I go [now that i've got a tow truck hookup, I can store/have as many cars as I want]. The corsica has quite a bit of life left, and I got a good deal on the car so i'm just going to drive it into the ground, most likely.
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