Vanagon EuroVan
Previous messageNext messagePrevious in topicNext in topicPrevious by same authorNext by same authorPrevious page (July 2006, week 2)Back to main VANAGON pageJoin or leave VANAGON (or change settings)ReplyPost a new messageSearchProportional fontNon-proportional font
Date:         Fri, 14 Jul 2006 14:24:31 -0400
Reply-To:     Mike Collum <collum@VERIZON.NET>
Sender:       Vanagon Mailing List <>
From:         Mike Collum <collum@VERIZON.NET>
Subject:      Re: in need of new chrome bumpers
In-Reply-To:  <>
Content-type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed

Yep. I've straightened several. It just depends on the damage as to what method(s) you need to apply.

I've found that pieces of wood (various lengths) together with C-clamps, a hard rubber hammer, and bags of sand to lay the bumper on before pounding can do wonders.

If the ones you have are simply beyond repair then getting good (or repairable) originals is preferable to new aftermarket bumpers. The chrome on the originals is of much higher quality.


------------- wrote: > Beleive it or not your best bet is to pound out the > factory original. With careful workmanship, you can get > it perfect, but the wrong hit in the wrong way and you > can damage the chrome beyond repair. I've done > several, and they are almost perfect, everytime. > > Brian Workman wrote: > >> I just purchased a new 86 westy is my first vanagon. >> It has some pretty banged up chrome bumpers. I have been looking >> around at the aftermarket ones which seem reasonable (although I am >> unfortunately no-where close to the vendors so I will have to get them >> shipped). Just curious if these aftermaket are decent quality and if >> one is any better than the others. I want something that is going to >> last. Seems like the difference between these and custom tube or >> other bumpers is big time $$$. >> >> >> >> >

Back to: Top of message | Previous page | Main VANAGON page

Please note - During the past 17 years of operation, several gigabytes of Vanagon mail messages have been archived. Searching the entire collection will take up to five minutes to complete. Please be patient!

Return to the archives @

The vanagon mailing list archives are copyright (c) 1994-2011, and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of the list administrators. Posting messages to this mailing list grants a license to the mailing list administrators to reproduce the message in a compilation, either printed or electronic. All compilations will be not-for-profit, with any excess proceeds going to the Vanagon mailing list.

Any profits from list compilations go exclusively towards the management and operation of the Vanagon mailing list and vanagon mailing list web site.