Jim Smart
October 1, 2008

If you've been around classic Mustangs for any time at all, you know bumper replacement isn't always an easy task. If you're lucky enough to have N.O.S. or rechromed original bumpers, replacement is straightforward because Ford bumpers have original stampings and are close to a perfect fit. However, despite how much we tend to romanticize Ford bumpers, they weren't always easy to install either because, similar to reproductions, stampings could be irregular.

We're going to show you how to install, and more importantly, how to adjust, classic Mustang bumpers without it being obvious that you've had to adjust them. Installation can be challenging because no two bumper stampings are the same. Front bumper installation is likely the most challenging because it's what people see first, and be it a factory or reproduction bumper, you're going to have a tough time getting it to conform.

Ford vs. Reproduction
Reproduction bumpers have been around for as long as there have been Mustangs. In 1965, reproductions were called "replacement" bumpers. Just because you've found what are believed to be Ford bumpers doesn't mean they're from Ford. Replacement, alternative, non-Ford bumpers have been around since these cars were new. When you're paying for Ford bumpers, make sure you're getting them.