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I just had my 1968 xr7 exterior done with rechrome bumpers, but my existing bumpers are not aligned correctly with the rest of the frame. The shop said I cannot do anything because the brackets that hold the bumper are non adjustable, and the way it sits is due to previous frame/bumper damage. What do you guys think, is it repairable? I will post a pic soon, thanks

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I just had my 1968 xr7 exterior done with rechrome bumpers, but my existing bumpers are not aligned correctly with the rest of the frame. The shop said I cannot do anything because the brackets that hold the bumper are non adjustable, and the way it sits is due to previous frame/bumper damage. What do you guys think, is it repairable? I will post a pic soon, thanks

Kenny

if the bumper brackets are bent from previous damage just replace them with good used ones.
 

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there is a bumper alignment tool (i'll get more info)
that is made with 1 3/8 dia tube with a rubber protected foot.it has an adjustable chain with a flat hook on the end.its absolutely amazing how well you can align a cougar bumper with this item
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the tool is a keysco hustler stick #77175---you can see it on line---it's amazing how muck force you can develop with the correct leverage angle
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I had some troubles with mine also What I did was used shims and a little brunt force Worked out pretty good. You can pick up a body shim kit at harbor fraight cheap kit comes with alkinds of size's. Just takes time getting it rite
 

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Take some measurements from the fender extensions to the ground. It looks like your psg fender is twisted up on the end. Notice how the extension is going downhill to the hood. As far as the back, are the bumper brackets on the correct direction?
 

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Take some measurements from the fender extensions to the ground. It looks like your psg fender is twisted up on the end. Notice how the extension is going downhill to the hood. As far as the back, are the bumper brackets on the correct direction?
For sure there seems to be an issue with the front right fender.
 

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You said Previous Damage. If your Inner Fenders, Radiator Support, Frame Rails, or Shock Towers are Buckled, then you will never get the Front End Completely Straight. I don't like to be the Bearer of bad news, but I can see that the Whole Front End is Off, and Not Straight. Fenders, Hood, Bumper, Extensions and Nose. Notice how the Very Center Front of the Hood does not line up with The Center Nose Section. The Factory Hard Points would have this Spot-On, 1 of them has Bent Mounting Points. I also agree with the Previous Statements regarding the Ps/Rh Fender. It looks like your Car was previously Wrecked on the Passenger's Side Front. IMHO.
 

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Well, it can ALWAYS be fixed, but it would be more dramatic than Just adjusting the Bumper. Pop the Hood, and inspect the Engine Compartment Walls for any Damage. Also inspect the Front Frame Rails that the Bumper Brackets attach to, and see if you see any Buckling or Damage. I notice the RH Head Light Door is off kilter as well, which shows that the Grille/Bucket Frame might have been Damaged. All of your Parts Look Great, it just looks like the Problem is what they are Mounted To.
 

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Well if there is any more room for adjustment, it looks to me like the RH Side of the Bumper needs to go up and Both Sides need to have the Very Rear of the Frame Brackets up higher. the Rear bumper looks Great. And you will get tons of Smiles per Mile.
 

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If you talk to a few different body shops and can find one that is respectable but affordable, if they have the laser correction system they can probably do an adjustment for you for under $500. A few hours on the jigs and you would be amazed what they can straighten out.

My 67 looks like it took a light tag in the front at some point as well. I might have to take her in for some tweaking. A come along will do the job but it's knowing exactly where to straighten that you need the serious hardware for. I'm very lucky that the vert looks straight as an arrow because I would hate to have to straighten her out.
 
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