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bel air bumpers
Posted by arcturus on Friday, November 5, 2004 4:41 AM
A friend of mine who deals in secondhand models has a box full of parts from incomplete kits.He has a 57 chevy front bumper but its from the 210 or biscayne,because it dosnt have the pointy bits on the ends.What is the difference between the 210 and the bel air???Is it different trim level?? because I could use this bumper
Because unlike some Robin hoods,I can speak with an english accent...
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Posted by lacquerjack on Friday, November 5, 2004 6:03 AM
The tips are made of rubber and were an option, even on the Bel Air. I've owned 5 '57's over the years and none of them had these tips ( 3 were B.A.'s). Personally, I think they look better without them. If you like the look, go for it, it will be accurate. Hope this helps.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, November 5, 2004 6:08 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by arcturus

A friend of mine who deals in secondhand models has a box full of parts from incomplete kits.He has a 57 chevy front bumper but its from the 210 or biscayne,because it dosnt have the pointy bits on the ends.What is the difference between the 210 and the bel air???Is it different trim level?? because I could use this bumper


For 1957, Chevrolet had just three trim levels: 150, 210, and Bel Air.

All three series used exactly the same bumpers, grille, headlight bezels, twin hood ornaments.

The standard trim of the front bumper "dagmars" (GM was very much in to "Dagmars" on front bumpers, inspired by a very well-developed, voluptuous Hollywood starlet whose name was Dagmar--you get the picture?) was a clipped-on cover plate, flat, with a raised rim around it, and a 4-pointed star motif stamped into it. For about $10 (a bit expensive perhaps in 1957), black rubber cone-shaped tips could replace the stamped chrome cover plates--it seems that most Bel Air's came with them from the factory, and a lot of 210's as well (Chevy offered the 210 in both 2- and 4-door hardtops in '57, for example), but very few 150's (the basic models) seem to have had them.

As for the model kit bumpers, AMT and Monogram did kits (AMT of course, did two different ones) of the '57 Bel Air Sport Coupe (that's what GM always called their hardtops in the 50's) with the rubber bumperettes (Dagmar's ****!), while Revell's 1965-issued '57 Bel Air Sport Coupe kit has the front bumper with the base-line cover plates.

I'm no promo expert, but I believe that AMT/SMP's and PMC's (Product Miniatures Corporation) '57 Chevy promo's all had the bumperettes as part of the front bumper/grille assembly as well.

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Posted by arcturus on Friday, November 5, 2004 6:39 AM
Thanks guys,I love building the 57 chevy kits.Im even thinking of buying the revell 56 Del ray kit swapping the roof and steel wheels and putting them on a 57 two door and using the bumper to make a 57 Del ray.I hope this works,Ive never been to good at this chopping and swapping thing
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, November 5, 2004 8:55 AM
Also remember that the 210 post car came in the Del Ray and the Bel air. Most of the Bel Air's where none post car but you could order it with the post. Del Ray does have different side trim and Window trim on the side. Take a look at the web site and it will show you a lot and it tell's you the stuff that is between the two.

http://clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/sjcc/spot555657.htm
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Posted by vinnietbird on Friday, November 5, 2004 9:52 AM
My AMT Pro Shop '57 Chevy came with the bumper (with no molded in grille),photo-etched grille,and seperate little rubber caps for the bumper.Very nice when assembled.
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