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Old 06-21-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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1971 sovereign restore bumper questions

I recently acquired a picture perfect aluminum bumper for my 71 sovereign. I have the hinged plate that goes over it. I am getting ready to replace the C channel runs,and crossmembers in the rear...the old ones are gone...rusted away. My question is this....does the bumper mount directly to the C channel? what is the hinged cover plate for?...how far over the bumper does it extend,or does it go flush to the inner or outer point? I've been looking at photos here,and throughout the WWW...and I see the larger plate of the bumper goes on top.where do the springs mount? I do not have any springs,so that may be moot...might go with JBWeld and magnets.Any input is appreciated.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:59 PM   #2
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I recently acquired a picture perfect aluminum bumper for my 71 sovereign. I have the hinged plate that goes over it. I am getting ready to replace the C channel runs,and crossmembers in the rear...the old ones are gone...rusted away. My question is this....does the bumper mount directly to the C channel? what is the hinged cover plate for?...how far over the bumper does it extend,or does it go flush to the inner or outer point? I've been looking at photos here,and throughout the WWW...and I see the larger plate of the bumper goes on top.where do the springs mount? I do not have any springs,so that may be moot...might go with JBWeld and magnets.Any input is appreciated.
The bumper on a 1971 should be about the same as My 1976. Do you have 2 holes, 1 on each side of the bumper lip. If so on my 1976 these 2 holes line up with 2 tapped holes on the top end of the C section and the bumper is secured with screws, about a 1/4' round size to 1" long. The cover is for a sewer hose storage spot built between the 2 C sections and the spring clips were designed to hold the lid open while you were retrieving or storing the sewer hose. They were screwed or riveted on but have a tendency to break loose. You would have to fabricate the storage box from thing sheet aluminum. I don't have any pictures maybe someone else does.
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:33 PM   #3
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adonh;
TYVM...this helps,as I had no idea about the hinges. I do have the 2 mounting holes top and bottom that line up with the C channel. For now...the question remains about the placement of the hinged lid....flush with the outside of the bumper? That is where I intend to put it. In the meantime...there are 5 rivets on the top and bottom of the bumper...I'm going to simply drill them out,and fabricate either carbon steel,or aluminum brackets to add some mounting units. I will probably just go with 2 5/16 drive stainless sheet metal screws to hold it down.
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:35 AM   #4
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I just brought home my first AS, a 1975 31' Sovereign. It was a California trailer and has spent the last 10 years unused. The PO was deceased, so not much help with background. These pictures show the general condition if the rear bumper compartment and components - or lack there of. There does not appear to be wood rot and only surface rust. But there are vertical steel pieces in here that do not look OEM to me and the compartment is disassembled and belly pan panel loose and hanging. . Any pictures of what this should look like would be greatly appreciated. 
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