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    Outer bumper brackets for 1957 front ?bumper

    I bought two pairs of bumper brackets over the last year for the outer front of '57 bumper. Unfortunately, only one pair of these is correct for a '57. The pair I purchased this weekend at Pigeon Forge is ~17" in length, whereas the pair I purchased previously via ebay is ~19.5" in length. The 17" long pair have part numbers 3734111-3734112 and appear to be correct. What is confusing me is the pair I purchased previously were supposed to be for '57 Front outer, but are 19.5" in length and other than length are made identically.


    Does anyone have any idea what the longer pair will fit? I'm suspecting for a different year trifive? '55 maybe?



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    Snapped a pic of the underside of my front bumper (57 nomad). Didn't measure the length though.
    IMG_7692.jpeg

    Are you looking for another set of brackets? I may have some stashed in my shed...
    1957 Nomad- LS1/T56 on C4 chassis
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    Quote Originally Posted by WagonCrazy View Post
    Snapped a pic of the underside of my front bumper (57 nomad). Didn't measure the length though.
    57 frt bumper bracket needed.jpg

    Are you looking for another set of brackets? I may have some stashed in my shed...
    Paul, yes, neither of the '57 Nomads I've purchased (in parts) had the outer front brackets; I've highlighted the ones I need for my 2nd Nomad. One pair I purchased via ebay is too long! the correct length is approx 17" in length...

    Gary

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    Its not so noticeable on some, but almost all used 57 front fenders have been at least slightly tweaked by the bumper, so when buying the outer used brackets they may be bent. How much depends on how hard the love tap was, there was a lot of parallel parking back then. I noticed the latest repop fenders have a tweak in them also, they must have copied a used fender. The very first 57 repop fenders were perfect in that respect. The lighter taps are nothing most guys would even notice, just be aware of it when buying used parts. Bent brackets are common and can pull the bumper out of alignment, just depends on how badly bent.

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    You are right, Lee... after 65 yrs most of our cars have been in some kind of fender bender, which does all that you say. Many fenders are bowed over the wheel wells, both front and rear, and *most/many* bumper brackets have been bent or tweaked..

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