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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby HenryJ » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:03 pm

A good thread here with some ideas: split bumpers

I think a few here have used the Camaro bumpers. For a Vega they are long and several inches extend over the grille. I prefer to have them stop before the grille like they do for the Camaro. They are not a direct bolt on. I hear that a piece of strap iron works to relocate a hole to bolt them on though.

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Some people have sectioned them and then re-chrome. I am not sure if I want to invest in a set of camaro bumpers, cut, weld and re-chrome. That is a size-able investment.

I have heard that two Vega bumpers cut and welded , then re-chromed to make Vega split bumpers. Hard to find one bumper , let alone two.

Here is one done by Vegamods:
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Those look VERY nice!

Then you have the cut and flat cap and rechrome. Or cut and leave it. With a nice finished edge it does not look bad:

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That is where mine was.

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I have added some caps to mine. Not flat , but kind of rounded. I am not sure yet quite what I want it to end up with. These will suffice until I find the final solution.

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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby Monza Harry » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:21 pm

HJ I would call that a Clean Victory with those lenses for sure! :th: Your added piece to the bumper is looking pretty good! Harry
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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby HenryJ » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:28 pm

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Over 40 holes welded and lots of bondo removed from the passenger side door

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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby HenryJ » Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:56 pm

August progress...

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Right fender not as bad as expected :)
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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby HenryJ » Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:01 pm

A slow month for the Body Factory meant some good progress on the Vega...

Hood , quarter window panels, front fenders, doors, valances all ready to go.

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Passenger side side damage ended at the rear wheel. Sadly the dent pull holes drilled went all the way through the inner fender and led to water intrusion and quite a bit of rust. Lots of patch panels fabbed.

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Drivers side not as bad. A little rust and a few dings.

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Progress...

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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby HenryJ » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:09 am

Patch panel from SanDiego arrived

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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby megavega » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:22 pm

I have a couple of old front bumpers that could be made into split bumpers, like I posted you take the left cut and weld onto the right and vice versa. If you can cut and weld I could rough cut them long and then you assemble them, easy to ship that way. Where are you located at?
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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby HenryJ » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:49 pm

Yours is the best looking that I have seen.
I am about as far away from you as it gets. Oregon. Well eastern Oregon so I could be a little farther :)
Not sure where Rick is from? Maybe he is closer?
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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby HenryJ » Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:13 pm

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Patch panel cut.
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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby HenryJ » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:44 pm

Slowing down just before the holiday, made more progress...

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Not nearly as much rust inside as was expected. All treated and ready to fit the panel.
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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby HenryJ » Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:00 pm

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Biggest chunk in :)
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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby HenryJ » Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:59 am

Last panel just needs to be smoothed out .
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Practicing Panel Artwork.
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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby vegastre » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:47 am

Two thumbs up :th: :th:

Ya, patch panels can be time consuming. I have (had) a few on my Wagon. Oddly enough it makes you more proud of you're paint job because i't's what people can't see. The work, the hours, the frustration.
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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby HenryJ » Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:31 am

Last quarter smoothed out. Panels got color.
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Last practice
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Next I air brush on the real thing after a cure and wet sand.
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Re: '71 Vega Delivery - Dolphin

Postby 79MonzaSpyder » Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:02 pm

Love the color. And so true the paint work shows everything so anyone who has done good bodywork knows the hours of work and at times frustration it takes to get it right. Looks really nice. I'm starting a monza project soon and it will be blue as well but a much darker blue as it's going the factory colour as it will be a bone stock build other than the tires and wheels which I will have the stock wheels for it.
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