In Reply to: Substituting newer bumpers for classic type? posted by Adam H. on December 07, 2001 at 03:00:15:
I was in Virgina courtesy of Uncle Sam. They had the most thorough vehicle inspection I've ever been through. They actually looked at the lights to make sure they were DOT approved, the side marker lights and the brakes. I don't recall them ever looking at the bumpers, though.
Don't worry about ever having a safety inspection program in California, though. The last time that idea was floated, one of our fine elected officials complained that if the poor people were forced to fix their cars, they wouldn't be able to afford to drive.
The biggest problem would be to actually find all the little pieces in good condition. Then you'd have to fill the holes in the fenders and drill new ones. You'd even have to do that if you wanted to modify a '73, with the bumper extensions, to be flush with the body as the earlier ones are.