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I received a suggestion or request last year about the possibility of making an aluminum rear bumper for a 63. I guess I took it as a challenge. Kicked around how I could shape the aluminum properly. I've watch you tube alot and came across a great channel a couple years ago- Wray Schelin's Proshaper workshop. This is where I saw him make a wire reinforcement and use fiberglass reinforced body filler to cast a hammer form buck. So the light bulb went on and I got to work making a rebar skeleton. Then prepped the bumper pieces to cast the hammer forming buck. After that, I had to aneal the 1/8" aluminum pieces and start hammering. Well I had to figure out how to hold the aluminum on the buck while hammering. I tried lag screws, but they didn't hold too long. I then used nutserts and studs. I am still surprised how easily the annealed aluminum was formed. I ended up using five pieces on my first attempt. Next one, I will try it with just three pieces amd see what happens. Now, what seems like the hardest part, so far, grinding and smoothing. I was hoping to finish the whole project before posting, but I just couldn't wait any longer. Because.of all of the different projects I always seem to have going on, I'm not sure when I will finish a complete bumper.