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**245 Bumper Swap** This Is Not A Question!! :-)

Awful Hero

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After searching the web for bumper options and coming up short, i took on the project on my own. lol

First i really wanted a set of mid 70s bumpers, but for my location, actually having old 245 bumpers shipped to me from northwest was going to cost too much.

Through google images and yet a single classic car show i figured out what was ideal and what i would need to obtain to really complete this project. I have been planning to do something with the bumpers for over a year now, it was nice to be able to finally get into it!

I have swapped out my 1989 large plastic shin blaster bumper for a more stream line and subtle replica 60s camaro bumper. As you can see its chrome, which may be a little much for some, but ties the rest of my car together quite well.
I utilized the factory volvo shocks for the swap, they needed to be drilled and pushed in, a couple of custom steel L brackets drilled and fitted with bolts is the only other necessary item to install.

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The fitment on the front was such a success (IMO) that i have already made arrangements
to get a rear bumper, which would complete the look nicely.

For more random non-purist Volvo bastardization and debauchery you can follow my build on
**Stanceworks|Awful 245 and on Instagram @Awful_Hero

I'm just an old Datsun drift guy who likes Wagons and the absurdity of low car culture.
 
I think I like it....!

The front end looks good and love those rims, nice car!

I too thought about the same thing, my neighbor gave me a set of slightly rusty '69 Camaro bumpers last year, I never did try to fit them on the car before I got tired of them being in the way and taking them to the scrap yard.
 
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I feel that the gap needs to be filled and the sides need to be extended to where the black trim is. But i really like the look it gives the car.
 
Swing and a miss, IMO. I don't like the gap and don't like how it doesn't match the existing trim/air dam. The principle is interesting, but I think you need to find a different donor car.
 
I think I like it....!

The front end looks good and love those rims, nice car!

I too thought about the same thing, my neighbor gave me a set of slightly rusty '69 Camaro bumpers last year, I never did try to fit them on the car before I got tired of them being in the way and taking them to the scrap yard.

I would have taken those bumpers! hahah oh well


I feel that the gap needs to be filled and the sides need to be extended to where the black trim is. But i really like the look it gives the car.
Swing and a miss, IMO. I don't like the gap and don't like how it doesn't match the existing trim/air dam. The principle is interesting, but I think you need to find a different donor car.


I'm going to trim the bumper trim to the same length as the bumper. Get rid of the gap. :-)
The front air dam is ziptied on, i don't want to doing final attachment,currently looking at another lip. thanks for all feedback!
 
Yeah for me, I would have just kept the stock bumper and spent the time/money fabbing up a custom fiberglass lip instead of using two lips ziptied together.

As i said the lip may temporary, they were fitted to my 89 bumper, i don't want to drill into my chrome bumper if i'm not going to use the 740/240 lip. :roll: hah
No thanks on the fiberglass.
 
what the hell


needz moar polished commandos

Actually - thats a damn good idea...why not polish some commandos and maybe cut down some of the rubber bumper guards that cover the anodized aluminum. That way more of the polished metal shines through.

That way you have no issues with gaps and so forth.
 
Actually - thats a damn good idea...why not polish some commandos and maybe cut down some of the rubber bumper guards that cover the anodized aluminum. That way more of the polished metal shines through.

That way you have no issues with gaps and so forth.

exactly, if you're going for shine. A polished commando provides ALOT and matches the car nicely because it was designed for it.
 
exactly, if you're going for shine. A polished commando provides ALOT and matches the car nicely because it was designed for it.

"designed"? As in "oh ****, we need to come up with some new bumpers for Americas stupid new bumper regulations"... I think more thought was put into them passing the tests than cosmetics!

"design" means more than one thing! :-P
 
"designed"? As in "oh ****, we need to come up with some new bumpers for Americas stupid new bumper regulations"... I think more thought was put into them passing the tests than cosmetics!

"design" means more than one thing! :-P

This. They were 'engineered' to pass the bumper regs. Given their appearance, I'm pretty sure a 'designer' was never consulted.
 
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