View Full Version : 850 bumpers on my 740 progress report

12-10-2006, 01:48 AM
Just wanted to see if anyone was interested in seeing the updated pics of my bumper conversion.
Little progress has been made partially due to the weather mostly because of a fire in my uncles warehouse.
Started this back in the summer and after studying volvettes pics decided to try it myself.
Went w/ a 95 850 front and rear. What a pita getting the bumps off of the donor car.
You must remove all the torx screws that hold the cover on and the remove the cover and then the metal bumper from the car. Rear was impossible to remove due to the rust that accumulates around the exhaust.
Cut three inches off the front and used fiberglass matte to hold it together. While it was drieing I clamped it together using woodworking clamps and scrap wood. It's solid as a rock now.
Plan on painting the top molding portion black and the entire rest white to match my car.
I have the factory fog lights and will cut out the existing holes and mount them.
The rear I'm not 100% sure about. Volvette tells me he didn't have to shorten his just cut out for the custom exhaust. I'm going to need to remove this entire section for my trailer hitch (need to pull the snowmobile w/ something). I'll try and tackle this tomorrow after finishing the body work on the front.
The mounts are going to be made of aluminum angle iron and bolted to the bumper and body just like volvetes (yeah I stole the idea).
Hopefully it will look good with my ecodes and side skirts (more on this later)
C-ya CJ
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out of control
12-10-2006, 01:52 AM
looks like it's going well. those 850 bumpers really clean up the 700's. i was thinking about doing it with mine as well.

12-10-2006, 01:54 AM
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745 TurboGreasel
12-10-2006, 02:06 AM
Wonder if there is a measurable MPG gain from the improved aero?

12-10-2006, 02:22 AM
i want to that as well but i just want to add front bumper only.so the regular 850 front bumpers have the cut out for fog/driving lights?

you got photos of the back side of the bumper?

12-10-2006, 02:34 AM
If you look at the back of the bumper in the form when they made it there is a raised section in the same size of the opening. I lined it up with the fog lights and they line up perfect. I would have cut them out today, but with no electricity it's hard charging my drill. I ran back down to NJ tonight to charge the batteries and let the bumpers warm up.
If anyone sees on 287 a white 740 go by with the bumpers strapped to the roof racks honk!
I'm also waiting to see how I like it withe my euro headlights. The round bumps may look awkward on the square 740's. I'm also planning on mountind the concave front grille to add to the curvager of the front.
I'll post more pics tomorrow and will hopefully get all the mounts made (again the electricty thing) and get going on the rear bumper. I also picked up 4 s70 side skirts and am working on getting them graphed together and painted at the same time as the bumps.
My freind Terry is going to try and paint all for along with my hood over Xmas.
He is too busy at his body shop to work on stuff like this. I'll probably work on his dad's 240 in exchange to him painting these.

12-10-2006, 12:41 PM
Leaving now it's pretty warm here in NJ (50's) so im going to try and get the front bumper body work done and maybe get it mounted. I'll take pics.
I've done some research and measuring and I don't believe the rear needs to get cut. I spoke to volvette like I mentioned earlier and he didn't have to cut his.
my next project is to get a hood vent mounted that doesn't look like crap. Not a scoop but a vent.

12-10-2006, 01:08 PM
this is great, thanks so much for doing this!

12-10-2006, 01:40 PM
hmmm the back doesn't need to be shortened? Looks like I'm gunna start to look for an 850 rear bumper! Thanks for the info.

12-10-2006, 10:10 PM
No I'm not saying 100% that it doesn't have to be cut.
I didn't get a chance to work on them today. Not even 2secs to measure or sand.
I went to my Uncles warehouse and was there poking around in the dark( no electricity because of the fire) and my uncle shows up. Put me to work starting tractors, draining fluids, moving and covering crap. Asked me what I was up to (I just recently moved to NJ) and I said just screwing around w/ my car. Next a bunch of my freinds and cousin show up and
we excersised our arms drinking beers. Oh well maybe next weekend.
C-ya CJ

12-10-2006, 11:24 PM
Interesting, I didn't know you could get the 850 bumpers onto the 700 series. I wonder how it would look on a 240?

12-10-2006, 11:51 PM
Before the crash there was a picture of a 240 done. It didn't look good or bad.
It all comes down to your personal preference. I'm tired of having an old looking car. Don't get me wrong I love my car and will drive her till she dies.

12-18-2006, 09:01 PM
just curious, are you using just the bumper covers, or the whole backing plate/ everything from the 850?

01-08-2007, 12:47 AM
Used the whole bumper w/ support. Made my own mounts.
It was 70 here in NY/Nj on sat so I did a little more work on them.
Rear does not need to be cut. I didn't mount it yet because I use the hitch to
tow my snowmobile around. may be one of these days it is going to finally snow.

01-14-2007, 06:12 PM
Heading back up to NY tomorrow -I'm off from work for MLK day.
Going to do some more sanding on the front and maybe get the covers in primer. All depends on the weather.
Little or no progress Still too cold. Got the mounts made.
The rear does not need to be cut. I'm going to permanently mount these in the spring and have them painted. Also going to change the exhaust opening -some how not sure.

Front as you can see needs to be cut a little more. If you have the bumper off and am looking down the sides are to thick need to cut off some material and thin them out so they go back into the fender more. I may add two additional mounts in the front.
C-ya CJ

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Dug strickler
01-14-2007, 06:25 PM
Looking good...

01-14-2007, 06:58 PM
Thanks man. Used your car as an inspiration. Didn't mean to copy you.
Ironically a friend of mine wrecked his trans am with the LT1 and 6 speed asked him how much he wanted for the motor and trans (jokingly). He turns to me and goes what are you going to do put it in your Volvo? Showed him your car and he says that's bad ass!
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01-14-2007, 09:36 PM
So you used fiberglass mat to hold the bumper together at the back, what did you use to bond the urethane together?

Looks great so far - I'd love to see it all in primer (or painted) so we can see how the new bumper works with the body lines.

01-14-2007, 10:03 PM
i hope that isnt glazing putty...... that stuff shrinks

01-14-2007, 11:27 PM
I would not permanently mount a bumper to the body. You want the bumper to move in case of impact, otherwise, it will be more expensive to fix after an impact.

01-15-2007, 09:53 PM
Well the original 850 is mounted to the body. I'm still working on the mounts though.
If I recall correctly my 280zx had the same bumper absorbers (mounts) I may try and hunt one down. I made the current mounts out of Aluminum with the idea that they will give before the body gives. I don't know just messing around a little with them now. THey won't go on permanently until spring. I wish it would just snow all ready.