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    Default Rear aluminum bumpers?

    I know this has been discussed before but due to terrible search function I am having trouble finding relevant results. Was there a rear aluminum bumper on any 1988-1991 sedans?

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    Yes, I have aluminum rear bumpers on my cars. I can tell by the way they are corroding rather than rusting.
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    Can you see if the reinforcement is aluminum as well? For some reason I thought only wagons were available with aluminum bumpers.

    Also, any idea if there are holes behind the bumper guards or can the bumper guards be removed for smooth look?
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    I think the reinforcement is aluminum as well, but I'll have to check to be sure. Same withe the holes behind the bumper guards, I'm fairly certain you will find holes to hold that stuff on, but would have to check to be sure.

    The Ice Car had a steel front bumper when I got it, but an obviously aluminum rear bumper (pitted corrosion). After having a report run on my VIN, courtesy of another member here, I found that the car had been in a font end accident which would explain how the car ended up with a steel bumper on the front and aluminum on the rear. I'm guessing it had a matching aluminum front bumper before the accident.

    I believe I read a post somewhere on the forum that mentioned for '87-down only wagons got aluminum front bumpers (and rear, but those aren't the same as sedan bumpers as you know), but I have no idea if that is true.
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    There are indeed aluminum rear bumpers available.

    Anyone know if there are holes behind the 2 vertical rubber strips or only at the very bottom and hidden behind the horizontal strip?

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    Well I got a wagon rear bumper for my Vic and it is wider than stock and has holes for the vertical strips. I dunno what I want to do now as it wil look funky super wide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VicCrownVic View Post
    Yes, I have aluminum rear bumpers on my cars. I can tell by the way they are corroding rather than rusting.
    Corroding is the same as rusting, don't ya know.
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    Technically, yes I know. For commoners such as myself I made the non-specific comparison, which I believe is commonly understood, as opposed to the more specific description of aluminum oxide corrosion appearance versus iron oxide appearance to demonstrate how I know I have aluminum bumpers. LOL


    I haven't gotten around to getting under there and looking at the inner reinforcement to see if it is also aluminum. Let me know if you haven't already looked at it on the parts cars you have looked at.
    Vic

    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis LS "The Scab" - plenty of rot, summer DD
    ~ 1997 GMC Yukon - wannabe winter DD - I'll fix it eventually
    ~ 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis GS "The Ice Car" - My rotting winter DD
    ~ 1989 Mercury Grand Marquis GS - Rotting Retired DD
    Gone but not forgotten:
    ~ 1988 Country Squire ~ 1987 Ford Crown Vic


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    police sedans had alum rear bumpers
    I'm not completely oblivious to reality, I just choose to reject it when it doesn't line up with my opinions. (thanx Thain!)

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