Q: Bumper and Hood/Fender Gap for 1967
In regards to the front chrome bumper on my 67 bird convertible, there is a gap of almost an inch between the bumper itself and the hood/fenders. Now I attended the recent Pontiac Southern Nationals and saw no 1967 Birds, but saw a couple of 68’s – they appear to have some sort of rubber “gasket” between the bumper and hood/fenders, but in some of the pics I have seen for these cars the bumper looks to be closer to the hood than my car is. I don’t see this gasket listed in the Ames catalog and I am wondering if the bumper can be adjusted closer or where I need to get the gasket from.
A: 1967 didn’t use the rubber fillers but I have seen a lot of them with a steel trim plate instead. the gap can be adjusted. Just make sure the hood and fenders line up first. Shop manuals gives dimensions of the gaps to set up by.
This would prevent any light from the headlight from leaking out of the gap in the side. In 1968 they went to the rubber to prevent any light from headlight from leaking out. OF course 68s had side markers so it seems funny.