Q: 400 Front Bumper Emblem for 1967-1968
The nose emblem that was on my ‘original’ bumper was a cast piece of metal that was lightly polished and had a rubber surround gasket that was removable. I ordered emblems from both Year One and The Paddock, and one was made of rubber, the other was cast plastic. I sent them both back because I can’t believe that GM would put junk like that on their premium 400 cars.
A: The correct, original Emblem for the 1967-1968 Firebird 400 Frt. Bumper is infact a molded hard-rubber part. There is a steel reinforcement insert inside of it which the mounting studs attach to but there is no metal visible. The metal ‘Crest’ Emblem you refer to was only used on certain Full-Size Pontiacs & Grand Prixs. The correct Emblem you need is only available as repro. Quality is supposedly ok. Early repro parts exhibited very poor shape & fit.
A: I just installed the repro I bought from Ames and it’s not bad. The outward apearance is very good. The only part I didn’t like is that the original has some extruded rubber surrounding the studs that make it fit just right in the holes on the bumper where as the repro does not so you have to center it by eye and then tighten it down. No biggie but I don’t think it would have cost them that much more to add to the mold.
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