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Old 03-23-2020, 11:37 PM
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I wondering what is the best approach for bolting the bumper to the brackets. Stock it is the usual coach bolts through the face, but want to use those holes for my parking sensors.

I will be making brackets from scratch, so any method can be done. The bumper will be re-chromed no matter what also.

Not so keen on the bolt shank welded to a washer or plate and then directly welded to the backside of the bumper.

Maybe just a plate set back from the channel flange edges?

Otherwise maybe just a bolt top and bottom through the flanges might be best as not looking to smooth the look at all.
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I think there are six bolts in the Willys front bumper. How about a JK-style driving or small off-road light (round) integrated into the bumper between the 2-3 and 4-5 bolts? Leave the bolts or substitute your sensors. I'd do the same at the back but with one integrated round (backup flood) light.
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Old 03-24-2020, 07:32 AM
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How about 2 U shaped brackets bolted together at the center ?
one welded on the bumper / one bolted to the rail end then bolted at the center, there would be a lot of adjustability without exposed bolt heads on the bumper
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Old 03-24-2020, 07:48 AM
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Many of the 50s and 60s cars had brackets welded directly to the inside of the face bar of the bumper. A brace then bolts to the bracket on one end and to the frame on the other end
That weld will create a little distortion to the surface visible from the outside. You should be able to bump it out a bit and flat file it back to level before sending to the chrome plater.

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I think there are six bolts in the Willys front bumper. How about a JK-style driving or small off-road light (round) integrated into the bumper between the 2-3 and 4-5 bolts? Leave the bolts or substitute your sensors. I'd do the same at the back but with one integrated round (backup flood) light.
Not looking to add any lights at all, just a way of bolting the bumper on.

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How about 2 U shaped brackets bolted together at the center ?
one welded on the bumper / one bolted to the rail end then bolted at the center, there would be a lot of adjustability without exposed bolt heads on the bumper
Can't picture unfortunately what you mean.

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Many of the 50s and 60s cars had brackets welded directly to the inside of the face bar of the bumper. A brace then bolts to the bracket on one end and to the frame on the other end
That weld will create a little distortion to the surface visible from the outside. You should be able to bump it out a bit and flat file it back to level before sending to the chrome plater.

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I had been trying to find a picture of that setup before I asked but was not sure what models had it this way.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:15 AM
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2005-2008 Ford escape used a similar bracket on the front bumper
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1957 chevy with one piece front bumper.


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All bumper guards ( over riders) had a welded in mount.

1963 to 67 Corvette mounts were welded in also

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Thanks for the feedback.
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the top and bottom brackets show in the second picture are not the ones that would be welded to the bumper.
The parts that are welded in look like angle iron that is bent to fit the bumper shape. They are welded along the perimeter with a number of 1 inch long beads. Weld in mount is same metal thickness as the bumper face.

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the top and bottom brackets show in the second picture are not the ones that would be welded to the bumper.
The parts that are welded in look like angle iron that is bent to fit the bumper shape. They are welded along the perimeter with a number of 1 inch long beads. Weld in mount is same metal thickness as the bumper face.

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Good to know. Only thing I am worried about in doing it that way is that metal finishing of the double thickness becomes a problem. Seen now a number of posts of chrome shops refusing the job because if it. The other is using a mig welder to weld up holes and pitting as it remains harder than the parent metal making smoothing before the copper plating very hard. So have to rely on much thicker copper layer to rid the imperfections out.
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