'74 Comet conversions

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    Hey, Im new here. 74 Comet 2 dr. Car had sunk into swampland for about 10 years, and destroyed most everything metal on the car. I have repaired all of the structural metal (Frame was in surprisingly good shape), but my bumpers are rusted, and a quarter of the chrome plating on the bumpers has peeled right off. I do not want to take the time to sand/paint the bumpers, so I was thinking about ditching the old bumpers and going with the small bumper swap. I have tried to lookup what all is required for the small bumper swap, but my efforts were fruitless. I don't even know what bumpers I would have to go with. If anyone could point in the right direction, their help would be greatly appreciated! - Brad (P.S. - Yes, it has a Maverick Grille on it. It was sold to me like that, and I haven't found an acceptable replacement yet) 0619161438b.jpg
     
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    Welcome to the site from northeast Ohio!!! :tiphat:

    The most difficult part of the conversion may be acquiring a set of small bumpers.

    I have never performed the modification, however I located a tech article on this site concerning a small bumper conversion:

    http://mmb.maverick.to/resources/big-to-small-bumper-conversion.182/

    Be sure to check out the discussion section of the article.

    Best of luck with your project, looks like a fairly decent car from the one picture.
     
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    Hey, Thank you so much! This is a huge help! It may be a while before I can get to working on it because I am currently in school, and broke. But that is exactly what I needed! As to everyone else who gave the warm welcome, Thank you guys so much. Im very happy to be here!
     
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    I'm quite sure you'll like the bumper swap.

    Here's the before and after pics of our '74 Comet.

    We also got new wheels, new tires, ditched the side chrome, and got a nice orange pearl paint job.
     

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    I love the color! looks so clean! Where did you pull the bumpers from? Anybody make them aftermarket?
     
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    Thanks for the compliment. :tiphat:

    I found a guy on Craigslist (named Elvis) who bought out an old junkyard full of vintage cars in Reno, Nevada. He's been bringing parts from these old cars back to the Midwest.
    We got both bumpers with all the brackets for a total of $300.
    As far as I know, nobody makes aftermarket steel/chrome bumpers for the Comet.
    I have seen aftermarket Maverick fiberglass bumpers. But those are strictly for racing and they're totally illegal on the street.
     
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    Here's the before and after front angle.

    Note the license plate... :yup:
     

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    Well, Im in North Carolina, so basically everything everything is legal here lol. But thats super cool. I take it they're off of the 71/72 comet?
     
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    Yes, a '72 Comet 4-door.
    Everything fits well.
     

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