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Attention Auto Makers: Bring Back Chrome Bumpers!
Amerisrael ^

Posted on 07/11/2010 2:36:41 PM PDT by Amerisrael

Notice anything missing on many of today's new automobiles?

How about sturdy chrome front and rear metal bumbers?!

Plastic bumpers with a styrofoam inside. What does that protect against! 

Forget the chrome, many of todays new vehicles don't even have bumpers. Instead, their front end just sticks out a little more. Like the ones pictured in a new car lot below:

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Your off to work early in the morning before the sun comes up. At 5:30 in the morning the parking lot is nearly empty. The sun is just now coming up. For a split second you get "blinded" by the sun. In that second, you have a 2 mile per hour collision with a metal parking sign.

Metal sign pole meets plastic bumper. Guess which one withstands the impact and which one sustains the damage?

These days a minor 2 mile per hour mishap can cost hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars in damage that may have been prevented with adequate "chrome" bumper protection.

Not to mention the inconvenience of "shop-time" for your vehicle.

But that's the whole idea behind why the auto industry keeps making vehicles harder to repair yourself, and more damage-susceptible.

Take a good look at this 1985 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the photo below. Notice the front and rear chrome bumpers. That's not all, check out the headlights. Easy to adjust and remove "headlights". No-headlamp "assembly". In addition, there is a chrome metal grill that runs all the way across the front end.

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Now here's a photo of a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee below:

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Plastic bumper with styrofoam inside. Also notice, instead of normal "headlights", there is now a "headlamp assembly". Also, notice the lack of a "metal" front grill. And behind that front

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Miscellaneous; Travel
KEYWORDS: auto; bumpers; chrome; repair
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1 posted on 07/11/2010 2:36:49 PM PDT by Amerisrael
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To: Amerisrael

2 posted on 07/11/2010 2:40:28 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Amerisrael

Matte metal bumpers okay, but chrome is far too reflective on a bright sunny day! It blinds oncoming drivers too easily.


3 posted on 07/11/2010 2:42:08 PM PDT by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: Amerisrael
For a split second you get "blinded" by the sun. In that second, you have a 2 mile per hour collision with a metal parking sign.

That is how my roommate wrecked my 240SX coupe. Cept it was another car, both going 2 to 5 mph. Car still drove but the front 6 inches completely caved in.

4 posted on 07/11/2010 2:42:59 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Amerisrael
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5 posted on 07/11/2010 2:44:25 PM PDT by digger48 (THE STATE)
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To: Amerisrael

Wow - this is such a coincidence! I was just discussing this with my hubby on the ride home today. I saw a rear bumper (plastic mind you) that had been torn off by the rear driver side. I was stating to him why do they not have the wrap around bumpers like the olden cars use to. What the heck is that protecting? There was practically no sign of any bumper under that plastic that was ripped off.

I want my old cars back. Even I use to be able to fix them if I broke down on the side of the road.


6 posted on 07/11/2010 2:45:19 PM PDT by jcsjcm (American Patriot - follow the Constitution and in God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: JoeProBono

Now that’s sporty, for sure!


7 posted on 07/11/2010 2:45:37 PM PDT by Amerisrael
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To: Amerisrael

Unfortunately you’re right. Two things driving this madness; government edict to increase gas mileage and the easiest way is to lighten the weight of the materials that the parts are constructed of, hence easy demolition. As for the car being designed so that the only way any work can be done on it is at the dealer vs. the home handy mechanic, forget it. Those days are over. The dealer and the manufacturer have it in for you from the moment you buy the pig until you get rid of it, kind of like the government medical care program....cradle to grave pickpocketing. Enjoy.


8 posted on 07/11/2010 2:45:59 PM PDT by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: Amerisrael
I learned attention to detail while polishing the chrome bumpers on a succession of family Pontiacs. Took my driving test in a 1960 Bonneville.

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9 posted on 07/11/2010 2:48:29 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: JoeProBono

Now that is an American car. The Golden Era of America. The car may not have been very safe, but you sure looked good in it. And it was fully made in the U.S.A. before we were dependent on everyone else. That era is gone forever. Forever.


10 posted on 07/11/2010 2:48:45 PM PDT by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: Amerisrael


Here's my first car - Ford Fairline 500XL convertible. Mine had red interior - very, very nice! Paid $85.00 for it, I so wish I kept it!
11 posted on 07/11/2010 2:49:19 PM PDT by jcsjcm (American Patriot - follow the Constitution and in God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: jcsjcm

Oops - Fairlane


12 posted on 07/11/2010 2:49:58 PM PDT by jcsjcm (American Patriot - follow the Constitution and in God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: Amerisrael

*** Your off to work early in the morning ***

“Your”???


13 posted on 07/11/2010 2:50:14 PM PDT by earlJam
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To: Stentor

I’m crying looking at that beautiful baby. I want my childhood back when that car came off the assembly line in Detroit. As a matter of fact, I want America back the way it used to be. But I know that, as well as Detroit and American cars reigning supreme, is a fantasy. I really cry for my children and grandchildren. They’ll never know how great America really was, for a relatively short period of time in history.


14 posted on 07/11/2010 2:52:02 PM PDT by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: Amerisrael
How about sturdy chrome front and rear metal bumbers?!

What is a bumber?

15 posted on 07/11/2010 2:52:16 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Amerisrael

Probably not a good idea...then we’d have another union to f*** with...the Chromeworkers of America or some silly crap.


16 posted on 07/11/2010 3:09:08 PM PDT by FrankR ( If we don't stand up to tyranny, the tyrants win, and we're enslaved.)
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To: Amerisrael
This is so true! I have a 2008 Honda Civic which has very low “bumpers”. One morning I pulled a little too far into a parking space and the passenger side of the car got caught on the curb (which was a little higher than the curb is where I usually park). When I backed up a little, I heard a slight grinding noise, but, when I got out of the car to look from the driver's side, nothing seemed to be wrong. I did not notice until the next day when I happened to be on the passenger side of the car that the so-called bumper had actually become dislodged from the car! My husband was able to put it back in place, but it gave me pause to realize how little protection that “bumper” would be were I to have an accident because I was probably going less than two miles an hour when I pulled into the space.
17 posted on 07/11/2010 3:10:05 PM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing;therefore choose life..")
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To: Amerisrael
How about all natural wooden bumpers??


18 posted on 07/11/2010 3:10:39 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: All

The USA was a better place when Bumpers were chrome and TV was in Black&White.


19 posted on 07/11/2010 3:14:18 PM PDT by troy McClure
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To: Amerisrael

Modern cars look like jellybeans on wheels.


20 posted on 07/11/2010 3:26:37 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: humblegunner

I don’t know, but the British have bumbershoots


21 posted on 07/11/2010 3:27:55 PM PDT by E.Allen
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To: Amerisrael

I rear ended a late model BMW at around 10 miles an hour a couple years ago. I was driving my 83 Mercedes 240D.

My car didn’t have a scratch but the BMW had a couple thousand in damage. I can’t believe insurance companies aren’t throwing a fit with automakers.


22 posted on 07/11/2010 3:29:59 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: JoeProBono

Not only a heavy chrome bumper, but two chrome bullet penetrators to take out your opponent’s radiator.

Those were the days.

Nice picture, thanks!


23 posted on 07/11/2010 3:30:22 PM PDT by PLMerite (The FR clock is now three minutes fast.)
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To: Amerisrael

These plastic and styrofoam “bumpers”are likely a result of CAFE standards. Lighter vehicles get better gas mileage, but at the sacrifice of crash protection. Wait until Obama’s new CAFE standards kick in and we will be driving around in glorified golf carts that have the crash protection of a bicycle.


24 posted on 07/11/2010 3:42:16 PM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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25 posted on 07/11/2010 3:50:37 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Eccl. 10:18 -)
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To: txnativegop
Frankly I don't miss the chrome at all ~ and that's precisely the reason.

It's noteworthy that automobile designs have changed to anticipate ACCIDENTS. Today the vehicle collapses into the collision. That way the fenders, bumpers and other parts are bent and NOT the passengers.

One day we were stopped at an intersection and a car coming in on the right smacked into a car coming in on the left ~ a near head-on collision!

Both cars were going about 40 MPH, and both collapsed ~ all their bumpers fell off, and all the passengers and drivers walked away without injury. BTW, their seatbelts also worked great ~ the airbags too.

Kind of entertaining!

26 posted on 07/11/2010 3:50:45 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Don’t like chrome either...

I hate the constant “burn spots” that shiny garbage keeps putting in my vision.


27 posted on 07/11/2010 4:11:32 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Amerisrael

Imagine that you’re having your car washed and someone presses too hard on the front end of the car. Bad news! The whole plastic front end falls off in pieces and the repair bill is $3000 in parts and $100 in labor.


28 posted on 07/11/2010 4:15:25 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Amerisrael

Friend of mine had a VW van with a homemade wood bumper. Probably a 2x8 if memory serves. Stained and finished, it looked pretty nice. And I imagine it had pretty good shock absorbing properties.


29 posted on 07/11/2010 4:18:16 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: JoeProBono

To anyone who hasn’t driven a car like that there is no way to explain the experience. Ahhhh...Them were cars!!!


30 posted on 07/11/2010 4:21:55 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: JoeProBono

To anyone who hasn’t driven a car like that there is no way to explain the experience. Ahhhh...Them were cars!!!


31 posted on 07/11/2010 4:21:55 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

I usually don’t have Hulk Hogan polishing my car.


32 posted on 07/11/2010 4:22:50 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (You can evade reality, but you cannot evade the consequences of evading reality. ~Ayn Rand)
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To: jcsjcm
There was practically no sign of any bumper under that plastic that was ripped off.

Here's a better view.

Rip off bumper

33 posted on 07/11/2010 4:27:35 PM PDT by Hillbillary (I know how to deal with Communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: muawiyah
Alright, someone has to say it, bring back the concept of the 5 mph bumper. You should be able to make a plastic bumper assembly that could withstand a 5 mph collision without costing a $1000 to repair. Put a metal bar and small shock absorbers behind the plastic. Add a bumper cap that doesn't crack and attaches with $0.05 replaceable plastic buttons. The Styrofoam block and easily cracked plastic wrapper have to go.
34 posted on 07/11/2010 4:27:38 PM PDT by Woodman
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To: jcsjcm
Sweet. My first was a 1966 Fairlane GT, white with a black vinyl hardtop.


35 posted on 07/11/2010 4:28:39 PM PDT by FReepaholic (The problem is they do not fear us.)
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To: humblegunner

It’s a device for pushing bums from in front of the car.


36 posted on 07/11/2010 4:30:14 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Amerisrael

There’s nothing more satisfying than waxing a car and seeing the shine on the chrome bumper.


37 posted on 07/11/2010 4:31:40 PM PDT by FReepaholic (The problem is they do not fear us.)
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To: The Great RJ

Crash protection on newer cars is far, far better than older cars.

Yes, an older car can deal with a 5mph parking lot ding, but they will kill you in a high speed crash.

The same high speed crash will be very survivable in a modern car designed to crumple while keeping the passenger compartment intact.


38 posted on 07/11/2010 4:32:21 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Larry Lucido

With front ends made by Dixie Cup who needs Hogan?


39 posted on 07/11/2010 4:32:53 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: JoeProBono

What year Caddy...’53...’54?


40 posted on 07/11/2010 5:04:47 PM PDT by Imnidiot (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: muawiyah
I couldn't agree with you more.

If someone wants a car with chrome bumpers - by golly, go out and buy one! They really are not that expensive. Nor are they good cars, either.

The Jeep Wagoneer (1985?) pictured in this post was a real dog.

The defrost did not work. I had a relative who kept a metal spatula on his dashboard in the winter to scrape off the frost off of the windshield as the ‘defroster’ could not do the job. I've seen several by the side of the road with the rear axle completely off of the car - 3WD is not a good thing....OOOH! it's got chrome, though! sarc/>

Now days, we see interesting injuries in 40 - 70 MPH accidents - foot injuries, leg injuries and neck injuries - to name a few. In the 40”s to early 90’s these would have been fatalities, not injuries.

F=MA Something HAS to give in an accident, either the body, bumpers (bumbers?) and other structural pieces of the vehicle - or the human body. It's physics.

Of course, you could do your own mods:

http://www.amazon.com/KRYLON-I17047B00-METALLIC-SPRAY-CHROME/dp/B000SQNPEO

41 posted on 07/11/2010 5:13:25 PM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm really not Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: Amerisrael
My contribution to the Chrome Bumper Porn Pic list:


42 posted on 07/11/2010 5:18:16 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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Check out...

This grill...
43 posted on 07/11/2010 5:22:31 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: Amerisrael

Sorry, China cornered the market on chrome and is now using it as filler in cheap jewelery for our children.


44 posted on 07/11/2010 5:29:25 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: 6SJ7

Now that’s an idea!


45 posted on 07/11/2010 5:40:52 PM PDT by Amerisrael
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To: FReepaholic

There you go!


46 posted on 07/11/2010 5:47:22 PM PDT by Amerisrael
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To: Amerisrael
"Plastic bumpers with a styrofoam inside" are brought to you by Federal regulations. Call your congresscritter.
47 posted on 07/11/2010 5:48:36 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: digger48

Chromed plastic is what you have there. The whole idea is to get rid of the weight for mandated gas mileage quotas.


48 posted on 07/11/2010 5:50:14 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Remember, guys, the enemy is to the left and the middle.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Modern cars look like jellybeans on wheels.

With the new fuel economy standards the Baraqqis established, they'll all look like the Prius (ie min aero drag)

49 posted on 07/11/2010 5:51:49 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Amerisrael
I love chrome bumpers - there's just something special about them.

I've owned two cars with lots of chrome - one like this


And one like this


I wish I still had both of them :(


50 posted on 07/11/2010 5:54:07 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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