Author Topic: 1961 Bumper Adjustments and Installation  (Read 954 times)

Offline PeterMAX

1961 Bumper Adjustments and Installation
« on: May 12, 2016, 04:55:38 AM »
I will be installing the front bumper on my 61 Biarritz. Can this be done alone? I was thinking of using milk crates and two-by-fours for height adjustable I installed the bolts. The DSM suggest that you remove the front dust shield baffles to do the job. Has anyone done that? Also I have an early 61 and it does not have the rubber bumpers that extend from the headlight frames. I would very much appreciate it if somebody with an early 61 check to see if they have those rubber bumper extensions. My April 61 parts car did have them although the passenger side was rotted off. The one on the driver's side was clearly spot welded into position from the factory. The TSM describes them and the 1964 parts book shows them. My car was made in early December 1960. Because of the many subtle differences between early 61 and later 61 cars I am asking this question. Thank you.

Offline PeterMAX

Re: 1961 Bumper Adjustments and Installation
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2016, 05:02:05 AM »
I just returned to this site. My car came back last month after 18 months in the restoration shop. I will share some pictures.

Offline PeterMAX

Re: 1961 Bumper Adjustments and Installation
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2016, 07:40:24 AM »
I just returned to this site. My car came back last month after 18 months in the restoration shop. I will share some pictures.

Offline Perk2

Re: 1961 Bumper Adjustments and Installation
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2016, 08:40:59 AM »
Looking good Peter!
Can't wait to see more pictures!

Can you snap a photo of the center mount bracket of your long eldorado horn?
The bracket that attaches to the hood release brackets at center under the hood.

Did you have the speedo & radio mount plates repainted the grayish metaliic-like color? If so, what was your spec on that formula/
Thanks!
Perk
"Get busy living, or get busy dying!"

Offline Perk2

Re: 1961 Bumper Adjustments and Installation
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2016, 08:42:42 AM »
Can you post a photo of the location of the bumpers you refer to?
Not exactly sure where/what you are talking about.
If you have the parts book, perhaps there's an illustration to share with us.
Thanks!
"Get busy living, or get busy dying!"

Offline Clewisiii

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Re: 1961 Bumper Adjustments and Installation
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2016, 09:02:50 AM »
My bumper is off and still in one piece. My car was built 1 week December 1960.
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Offline PeterMAX

Re: 1961 Bumper Adjustments and Installation
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2016, 05:09:31 PM »
Thank you! Here is the picture of that bumper 'bumper' that came off my April 1961 parts car. It is spot welded on. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever of this part ever being attached to my Dec. 10th 1960 Eldorado. The car is from the south and the metal was clean and solid so I am sure of this.

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Re: 1961 Bumper Adjustments and Installation
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2016, 05:20:12 PM »
Looks like this is what you are looking at. It appears to be the same bumper as the hood bumpers.
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Offline 62droptop

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Re: 1961 Bumper Adjustments and Installation
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2016, 10:15:48 PM »
car looks awesome Peter

I would wait for help hanging that bumper

would be a shame to have it slip and damage the car,nice chrome or you!
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Offline PeterMAX

Re: 1961 Bumper Adjustments and Installation
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2016, 11:37:39 PM »
Thank you. I found the answer in the TSM. Convertibles and Fleetwoods do not have the bumpers but use the cross tension rods instead. Now adjusting the bumper is another story that I am now in tge midst of.