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Bumper Guards

#1 Post by Brian Poulin » Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:25 pm

Hello Everyone. I've been a registry member since 2014 but just recently acquired my first 356. I recently was able to acquire a 1955 speedster from a long term owner. I am currently going through the car addressing small items (gaskets etc). One question i can't seem to find an answer to is whether the car originally came from the factory with chrome bumper guards or whether they would have been polished aluminum. My car has chrome but i wanted to make sure that was accurate. Thanks in advance for all you help.

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Re: Bumper Guards

#2 Post by Chuck House » Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:11 pm

Brian Poulin wrote:Hello Everyone ... One question i can't seem to find an answer to is whether the car originally came from the factory with chrome bumper guards or whether they would have been polished aluminum. My car has chrome but i wanted to make sure that was accurate. Thanks in advance for all you help.
Hi Brian,

The correct answer to your question about chrome or polished aluminum guards for your '55 Speedster is neither. The guards were originally bright anodized, like the hood handle. Also your car had the wide guards which were forged, not cast. No one reproduces these exactly so to be 100% accurate you'll have to find a set of originals and have them restored and re-anodized. This is a lot of work. However there are reproduction wide cast guards available which are just polished - not 100% accurate but they look a lot better than the late A narrow chrome guards.

Do you have the wide or narrow guards and are you sure they are chrome and not anodized? A photo may help.
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#3 Post by Brian Poulin » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:00 pm

Chuck, thank you for your response. I guess the reason i couldn't figure out what it was is because it was too dull to be chrome (or was really scratched) and couldn't polish like aluminum. See attached photos, i am guessing the finish on these are correct? Thanks again for the help for a newbie
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#4 Post by Chuck House » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:24 pm

Brian,

I can't say with 100% certainty without looking at the guards more closely but by what you say of the finish and the appearance in the photo, it would seem that you may have the correct guards and finish. Congratulations!

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Re: Bumper Guards

#5 Post by Brad Ripley » Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:10 pm

Those guards do not look like "short fat" ones to me. To be sure, a straight on photo would confirm.

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#6 Post by Brad Ripley » Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:00 pm

"Short Fats" are 64 mm wide. All others are 45 mm wide.

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#7 Post by Brian Poulin » Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:25 pm

I'm pretty sure comparing pictures that mine are the wide ones. Will measure them. Thanks for the help

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Re: Bumper Guards

#8 Post by James Davies » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:51 pm

Brian, yours look like the standard mid-'54 onward forged aluminum guards. The original finish on these was *very* shiny, like chrome.

Congrats on the new Speedster! Feel free to post more photos. We like seeing those. =)

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Re: Bumper Guards

#9 Post by Brian Poulin » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:07 am

James, will do. It's currently on the lift torn apart getting a full top and bottom detail. In addition, the rear brake drums are off getting rebuilt along with the backing plates out for powder coating. having a lot of fun with it.

I did confirm that the bumper guards are the "fat" ones.

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