1976 comet to 1973 bumper swap

Discussion in 'General Maverick/Comet' started by redfivexw, May 21, 2017.

  1. redfivexw

    redfivexw Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2010
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    26
    I picked up a 76 comet that came with a 73 4 door parts car. I have seen all the advice online for bumper swaps but all are for 70-72. I know the 73 is a less desirable but it was included so I am going to use it. I need to replace the quarter extensions, the 4 door ones don't fit. Will the 70-72 2 door ones work, or do I need 73?
     
  2. Craig Selvey

    Craig Selvey Indiana State Rep - MCCI Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2002
    Messages:
    17,315
    Likes Received:
    784
    Trophy Points:
    753
    Location:
    Albany, Indiana
    Vehicle:
    1972 Maverick Grabber - Color: Orange Also, 1976 Ford Maverick 4-door, 1977 Mercury Comet 2-door. Daily driver: 2002 Ford Focus SE Station Wagon
    Yes the 1970-1972 rear upper extensions will work for the 1973 LOOK. The lower extensions off of the 1973 4-door will work for the 2-door.
     
  3. CaptainComet

    CaptainComet Large Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2007
    Messages:
    4,712
    Likes Received:
    254
    Trophy Points:
    323
    Location:
    Clearwater, FL
    Vehicle:
    72 Comet
    The 73 rear bumper is the same as 70-72. If you get the earlier rear brackets, it will tuck that bumper in. You would also need the earlier lower extension pieces to match in order to tuck it.

    I like 73 front bumpers, especially with a light tuck. :thumbs2:
     
    NathanKing999 likes this.
  4. redfivexw

    redfivexw Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2010
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    26
    What is the best way to tuck the front bumper on a 73? I would imagine you have to modify the stone guard? Or just drill the holes in the frame another inch back from stock? I have not removed the bumpers from the 76 yet, but i made a template of the locations off the 73. It said in another post that you could use the bumper supports from a mustang for the rear, i was thinking of going that route rather then cutting out the old ones.
     
  5. William623

    William623 Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2013
    Messages:
    978
    Likes Received:
    181
    Trophy Points:
    116
    Garage:
    1
    Location:
    Orlando
    Vehicle:
    1973 ford maverick grabber
    I used a 70-72 stone guard and cut the supports and rewelded them. Came out fine, eventually went to a small bumper.
     
  6. redfivexw

    redfivexw Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2010
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    26
    Those parts are extremely rare around here. If i had my choice, i would most definitely go with a 70-72 style, but I have the 73 stuff, and it is way better then the 76 bumpers, so i want to use them and make them look as good as they can
     
  7. Crazy Larry

    Crazy Larry Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2005
    Messages:
    3,379
    Likes Received:
    475
    Trophy Points:
    197
    Location:
    Sanbornton, NH (originally from Colorado)
    Vehicle:
    '73 Maverick 2-door, 302, manual trans
    There's nothing wrong with '73 bumpers if you remove at least the front bumper guards.
     
  8. 71gold

    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2002
    Messages:
    24,146
    Likes Received:
    1,413
    Trophy Points:
    803
    Garage:
    1
    Location:
    MACON,GA.
    Vehicle:
    '73 Grabber
    here is the tuck we did on Collin's 73...
     

    Attached Files:

    Crazy Larry likes this.
  9. redfivexw

    redfivexw Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2010
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    26
    That looks great! Curious what you did (what did you cut, move, etc) and what was the distance moved (2"?).
     
  10. 71gold

    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2002
    Messages:
    24,146
    Likes Received:
    1,413
    Trophy Points:
    803
    Garage:
    1
    Location:
    MACON,GA.
    Vehicle:
    '73 Grabber
    sorry...I see yours is a 73 Comet, his was a 73 Maverick.
    we did do a tuck on a 74 Comet...this was on a newly painted car.
    it was easy...
    pic #1...the back of the stock filler panel was even with headlight.
    pic #2...notched the (rubber) filler panel.
    pic #3...notched filler panel installed.
    pic #4...frame already had bolt holes for sliding the bumper brackets back.
    pic #5...mount before.
    pic #6...mount after moved.
    pic #7...74 Comet bumper tucked...almost even with front of hood.
     

    Attached Files:

  11. 71gold

    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2002
    Messages:
    24,146
    Likes Received:
    1,413
    Trophy Points:
    803
    Garage:
    1
    Location:
    MACON,GA.
    Vehicle:
    '73 Grabber
    here it is at a cookout at my house...and they were invited for lunch...LOL
     

    Attached Files:

  12. redfivexw

    redfivexw Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2010
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    26
    That looks great! the info on how you did the 73 tuck would be more appropriate as that is what I will be doing, the big bumpers are getting tossed
     
  13. 71gold

    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2002
    Messages:
    24,146
    Likes Received:
    1,413
    Trophy Points:
    803
    Garage:
    1
    Location:
    MACON,GA.
    Vehicle:
    '73 Grabber
    I don't know if the Maverick and Comet are the same...:huh:
    if the 73 is a Comet, see if the 73 and 76 bumper mounts are the same.
     
  14. redfivexw

    redfivexw Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2010
    Messages:
    76
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    26
    I will, and I wil post what I find
     
  15. CaptainComet

    CaptainComet Large Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2007
    Messages:
    4,712
    Likes Received:
    254
    Trophy Points:
    323
    Location:
    Clearwater, FL
    Vehicle:
    72 Comet
    Personal preference ... On that beige 73 I would have not moved it in quite that far.... maybe left it an inch further out. It is a super-subjective thing, but with the angle of the hood and grille when viewed from the side, I think it would be right on the money. You still want the bumper to be the furthest point forward from a design perspective. It gives it the illusion of speed while sitting still when looking at it from the side. It would get it just enough away from the marker light too, where it would not look like it is crowding them.

    Mock the bumper up on jackstands or whatever and step back. Look at it from several angles. It is the same approach that I took in remounting my sport mirrors. That took several tries.

    I REALLY like the tuck on the 74. That is right on. The back of the peak of the bumper picks up right below the peak of the hood. It is like they play off of each other.
     
    Crazy Larry likes this.

Share This Page