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Repair a '71-'73 Rubber Bumper
The Spoiler-Bumper was First Seen on the '71 Mach 1 and Usually Needs Some Repair - We Show You How
Ford lingo, the rubber bumper on the front of a '71-'72 Mustang was a Spoiler-Bumper. In fact, in the '71 brochure Ford even thought that the bumper was so significant that the words were capitalized as shown above. In 1972 Ford removed the capitalization and replaced the hyphen with a slash. Finally, in 1973 Ford called the bumper what it was-a urethane front bumper. So what, you say. Who cares? You should, if you own one of these bumpers and it's attached to the front of either your soon-to-be or presently drop-dead gorgeous Mach 1 or Decor Group Mustang.
The black rubber bumper that lurks under either the chipped and pitted paint of your Mach 1 or Decor Group-equipped Mustang can really be an eyesore. Most folks shy away from doing anything with these bumpers. Plastic body filler is a nice quick fix-until someone bumps it just right. Suddenly, you're standing in front of your newly painted Mach, your mouth is agape, you're looking at a pie-shaped section of your bumper and paint sitting on the ground-not the best solution. The other recourse for you is to get a N.O.S. (New Old Stock) bumper. Of course, you will need to find it, and then mortgage the house in order to afford it. But Mike Paremsky at Michael's Auto Body in Winter Haven, Florida, is one fellow who never lets such obstacles get in his way-especially when he has a repair product such as International Epoxies and Sealers' (IES) Urethane repair kit available. So we decided to give the product a try. Along the way, we learned a thing or two about how to refinish one of these bumpers.