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Old 03-27-2006, 10:04 AM   #1
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Rear Bumper Question

Hi, I am re-installing my rear bumper on my Airstream. I had to straighten it and reweld an end cap after clipping a stump.

The question I have is does the underbody pan go inside the bumper (makes sense to me) or does it go underneath the bumper. It's been a while since I took the bumper off and I failed to pay attention to this when I did.

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Old 03-27-2006, 10:28 AM   #2
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D#mn stump - did it jump out right behind you???

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The question I have is does the underbody pan go inside the bumper.....
Alden:

It does go on the inside cup...on the '78 Sovereign I also riveted a 1" X 1/2" "U" on the INSIDE of the trunk just before the bumper support - I ran this all of the way across from frame to frame - and anchored the whole thing to the frame at either end - no way to attach the belly pan to the bumper, so I used the channel for a "hard" support.
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Old 03-27-2006, 11:44 AM   #3
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Thanks! It seemed to make sense that it would go on the inside, it's just a tight fit so I wanted to make sure.

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Hi Alden, How did you straighten the bumper? Mine is bent on one end.
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Now I feel better..

Bent mine first time out. Had to back up in the dark.

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I straightened it by putting it in a vise. Then I attached a clamp (Bessey K Body woodworking clamp) to it and twisted it back into shape. My bumper was mostly twisted, the end was splayed a bit where the cap was torn off. To fix the end I just pounded on it with a hammer and an autobody spoon. Definitely wear hearing protection if you do this!

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Oh no.

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Bent mine first time out. Had to back up in the dark.

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