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1955 1st rear custom bumper??
#1343031 Tue Jan 21 2020 12:33 AM
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Been away for some years, No not locked up :), and I'm kinda sorta attempting to get back to where I left off...Rebuilding the engine and some body work to name a few, but I am curious if anyone on here has seen this type of bumper on a 55 1st?
Little history, belonged to my Grandpa which he used for his furniture business and it made its way to me several years ago. Never quite payed attention to the rear bumper much until I noticed it is unlike any I've seen here. Kind of split on keeping it, what do you guys think on how it looks?

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Re: 1955 1st rear custom bumper??
Kato #1343036 Tue Jan 21 2020 12:48 AM
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Those are actually pretty common. My '51 had one similar to that, but without the braces up to the stake pockets. It was bent, so it got the heave ho. I don't like the way they attach to the rear fenders. A small bumper tap buggers up the fender as well.


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Re: 1955 1st rear custom bumper??
Kato #1343053 Tue Jan 21 2020 01:47 AM
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I think that you will have to drill holes in your rear bumper. As posted/described above.

I had a bumper like that that did that “damage” to one of my truck’s rear bumper.


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Re: 1955 1st rear custom bumper??
Kato #1343063 Tue Jan 21 2020 02:29 AM
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klhansen and tclederman,
appreciate the replies...I will have to get under there and see if there are any other support brackets/braces that give it added strength; in case of a slight tag that would damage the fenders? I'm not doing a full resto on it , so I may just keep it seeing as you mentioned that they were pretty common. I was under the impression that it was some kind of "Frankenstein" bumper since I had never seen one, but then again, I mainly focus on my year truck for the most part.
Thank you much...

Re: 1955 1st rear custom bumper??
Kato #1343069 Tue Jan 21 2020 02:46 AM
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I always liked those utility style bumpers on the rear of these trucks. Those were usually the trucks that were well used though.

Re: 1955 1st rear custom bumper??
Kato #1343079 Tue Jan 21 2020 04:32 AM
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Also depends on how much of a purist you are. Since it was a family truck you may want to leave it the way it is, since that's how your Grandpa had it. But, of course, that's entirely up to you.


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Re: 1955 1st rear custom bumper??
Kato #1343080 Tue Jan 21 2020 04:52 AM
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Having grown up in central Cally in the 60's & 70's, I have seen many 50's to mid 60's trucks with that type of bumper. In fact it seems that it was the norm to have one on the rear of your truck. Don't know where this name came from--but we always called them 'Barden' bumpers. Many trucks appear to have been sold, new with out rear bumpers, thus the dealerships sold many Barden bumpers as add on's. They are heavy duty & worked well----if they weren't so ugly compared to factory bumpers.
delky dave in WYO


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Re: 1955 1st rear custom bumper??
Kato #1343081 Tue Jan 21 2020 04:54 AM
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It is an aftermarket bumper often installed by the dealer. On many of the trucks back in that era a rear bumper was optional. These bumpers usually has a place for a trailer ball as well. There were many bent rear fenders though due to the design of the steps on the side. Often these were put on work trucks or ranch trucks.
It looks like it is in pretty good shape.
Jim

Re: 1955 1st rear custom bumper??
Kato #1343096 Tue Jan 21 2020 12:16 PM
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I remember them being called "Barden Bumpers" as well. I saw many with the dealer name welded into it with a raised bead.


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Re: 1955 1st rear custom bumper??
Kato #1343187 Wed Jan 22 2020 02:58 AM
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I'm thinking I might leave it as is since it is in pretty good shape...been on there I'd say for about 40 plus years or so? It does have a tow ball and I do recall my Grandpa pulling a trailer at the time. I believe the support bar that attaches from the bumper to the stake pocket gives it some rigidness as I believe them fenders are original. It needs a good amount of work and I only wish I were closer to retirement so I could speed up the time it will take me to get her on the rode again! In due time I guess, in due time...
I do thank you all for chiming in and helping me out with the bumper identification! I'll post some pics of how she looks presently as soon as I recall how the heck I did it?? It took some trial and error and it posted, but I don't recall how I done it? (had to resize, send it here, send it there, download; somehow it worked)

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