How to fit mk3 bumpers? (non standard Capri)

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How to fit mk3 bumpers? (non standard Capri)

Post by CapriFreak » Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:50 pm

Just picked up a rear bumper local with end caps and brackets which has spurred me on to try and fit them to my Car (already have the front beam, indicators and now indicators looms). Problem is someone has smoothed off the front and rear end so its going to be a little trial and error.

Problem 1: what size bolts do I need for the bumper irons and do they go through the wing with a nut and washer one side? Also is the iron to wing fitting threaded (I cant tell if mines just a bit rusty)? Lastly how do you tighten the iron up to the bumper beam? It seems to be a rivit type head so just spins?

Problem 2: As the rear has been smoothed off and a mk1 bumper fitted I dont have the original holes or indentations. Theres no way i'm doing anything like replacing the rear valence but how would you guys go about this?? I'm working alone and dont want to get it looking either on the piss or and end cap to tight one side compared to the other. Any help appreciated :D I understand the rear might be a few mm out without the indentations

I'm interested to see it looking standard but ill be honest... I'll miss the hybrid mk2 looking rear end. The front has never made much sense to me though. I thought about doing the landrover style lenses but its a bit make shift isnt it. If I drill through and the front (for the irons) and it doesnt fit i'll put this on pause for now.
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Re: How to fit mk3 bumpers? (non standard Capri)

Post by Peter-S » Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:53 pm

CapriFreak wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:50 pm
Just picked up a rear bumper local with end caps and brackets which has spurred me on to try and fit them to my Car (already have the front beam, indicators and now indicators looms). Problem is someone has smoothed off the front and rear end so its going to be a little trial and error.

Problem 1: what size bolts do I need for the bumper irons and do they go through the wing with a nut and washer one side? Also is the iron to wing fitting threaded (I cant tell if mines just a bit rusty)? Lastly how do you tighten the iron up to the bumper beam? It seems to be a rivit type head so just spins?

Problem 2: As the rear has been smoothed off and a mk1 bumper fitted I dont have the original holes or indentations. Theres no way i'm doing anything like replacing the rear valence but how would you guys go about this?? I'm working alone and dont want to get it looking either on the piss or and end cap to tight one side compared to the other. Any help appreciated :D I understand the rear might be a few mm out without the indentations

I'm interested to see it looking standard but ill be honest... I'll miss the hybrid mk2 looking rear end. The front has never made much sense to me though. I thought about doing the landrover style lenses but its a bit make shift isnt it. If I drill through and the front (for the irons) and it doesnt fit i'll put this on pause for now.
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The front bumper irons have captive nuts welded on them so the bolt goes through the inner wing from under the wheel arch and into the irons. Not sure on the size of bolts though. The bolts through the bumper would normally have a flat section that matches the hole in the bumper, i.e the hole in the bumper would not be round but have flat sides although most have probably been rounded by undoing seized nuts.

The rear bumper, depending how it has been done, might be more obvious from inside the car. The bumper brackets are normally accessed by looking under the panel inside the boot that supports the spare wheel cover. If you have a look you may see signs of where the original holes were. Similarly, if you remove the boot liners and look behind them at the inner wing it might be clear where the holes for the side bumper fixings used to be.
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Re: How to fit mk3 bumpers? (non standard Capri)

Post by CapriFreak » Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:30 am

Cheers mate! this make perfect sense now. I'll try find the right bolt size for the inner wing and buy a few galvanised ones. I wasnt sure where the bumper came through on the Capri rear. I'll get all the crap out the boot and check it out. fingers crossed I can see something.

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Re: How to fit mk3 bumpers? (non standard Capri)

Post by stevemarl » Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:36 am

Peter-S wrote:
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:53 pm
The front bumper irons have captive nuts welded on them so the bolt goes through the inner wing from under the wheel arch and into the irons. Not sure on the size of bolts though.
They`re standard M8 bolts.

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Re: How to fit mk3 bumpers? (non standard Capri)

Post by CapriFreak » Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:54 pm

Looks like you can see where the rear has been plugged up and I found the front holes. makes sense now. Just hoping I can drill through the filler without too much mess. Will invest in some decent drill bits and do some pilot holes.
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