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Could someone post front grill close-ups?

I'm looking specifically for a low-angle shot of a mid-70's U.S. solid bumper, showing how the front grill was supposed to look (though I'd love split-bumper European-style front end shots - just to drool over...) Internet searches have not given me a clear close look...

OB's work on my 1976 left only mounting holes - and no sign of a bumper badge??

I think I can re-create the original look with some guiding images... or closer at least. Right now, from the front, people have asked "kind of car is that?"

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Well if you opt to throw out the awful US bumpers, here is my 'what not to do to a spider' euro bumpers and grill

Here's how it was without the bumpers before local brain surgeon fixing front ding decided he likes her with a more rounded 'pontoon' look... correct grill will stay in the box till the next restoration and paint job.


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Well if you opt to throw out the awful US bumpers, here is my 'what not to do to a spider' euro bumpers and grill [...]
Wow. I now love my OB much more - thanks!

Euro-bumpers look so much better than the U.S. mandated 'solid bar' of the time... In the end I may do the mod, especially since what's there now isn't original equipment.
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Here's where I am starting from:
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Hmm... makes my battered old girl look good... if your DMV allows it I say go Euro... no brainer really. Good luck.
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While I wholeheartedly endorse swapping to chrome bumpers, Conedriver and others have done some nice improvements to the rubber bumpers by cutting out a space for the Alfa heart.



http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spid...d-bumpers.html
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See below for my the split front bumper I did many years ago. The grille is the 1971-74 style and I used the same part when I finally did the full stainless bumper conversion in 2003 to accompany bodywork and new paint.

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While I wholeheartedly endorse swapping to chrome bumpers, Conedriver and others have done some nice improvements to the rubber bumpers by cutting out a space for the Alfa heart....
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I'm looking specifically for a low-angle shot of a mid-70's U.S. solid bumper, showing how the front grill was supposed to look (though I'd love split-bumper European-style front end shots - just to drool over...) Internet searches have not given me a clear close look...

OB's work on my 1976 left only mounting holes - and no sign of a bumper badge??

I think I can re-create the original look with some guiding images... or closer at least. Right now, from the front, people have asked "kind of car is that?"
Here's an 82 - last of the solid bumpers.

http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/atta...s-p7020007.jpg
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some shots of an 81 from this good conversion thread that might help....
http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spid...onversion.html
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some shots of an 81 from this good conversion thread that might help....
http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spid...onversion.html
Thanks! - that thread is really helpful...

I think my lower scoop has been pushed in, from viewing other photos of scoops - it was just so symmetrically dented that I couldn't tell!

So I learned something!

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I dug through my photos, did some enlargement, and yup, the center of my scoop is clearly bent. Well, bumper-off would be a great time to fix that...
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