Second-Gen Camaro Bumper Swap - A Split Decision

Giving a second-gen Camaro the split-bumper look on the cheap

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The second-generation Camaro is becoming more and more popular as the choice for a build-up. Chevy totally redesigned the car but did keep a lot of what makes the Camaro such a cool car. Much like its older brothers, the second-gens have two different front-end looks available. While the first-gens received more treatment to the grille with hide-away headlights, the '70-73s got a change to the bumpers and nose assembly.

This is commonly referred to as the split-bumper design and came on the RS models (RPO Z22). The split-bumper front end has two small bumper pieces, or bumperettes, relocated turn signals, and an extended urethane nose. The non-RS models have a one-piece bumper blade and lower mounted turn signal/parking light lenses.

While doing a complete and proper split-bumper conversion would necessitate a new header panel, urethane nose, grille surround, lower valance, bumpers, right and left grille pieces, center grille divider, new parking light lenses, and some other odds and ends (approximately $1,800), you can get most of the looks for a lot less money.

You see, even though the sheetmetal differs, the bumper brackets do not, so the split bumper pieces will bolt on without any modifications. If you have a good grille in your car then you can swap out the bumpers for just over 200 bucks, which is only 50 bucks more than replacing the stock one-piece bumper. If you need a grille like we did, then expect to shell out another $130. We looked to Classic Industries for our simple conversion parts. The black grille was nice and crisp, even coming with the stainless surround trim already installed. The bumperettes are all new and fit like a glove. The chrome finish was nice and smooth, and we were happily surprised they even came with new bumper bolts to hold them on.

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