Please tell me this is on a track car. If it is, then yeah it's a great place to remove weight and typically you won't need it anyway. If the car sees the street at all I personally would find a safer solution.
The front bumper is the only think stopping a 5mph crash from being a $10k repair.
I am not trying to dis your mod, just saying be careful.
Is this going to be driven on the street? If so, I'd put the bumper back on but that's just me. 40lbs of weight isn't going to buy you all that much. I'd do a rear seat AND AC delete before I ditched the bumpers. Now if this was only going to be a track car then I'd gut it BUT that'd be a waste of a perfectly good Bullitt. YMMV.
Obviously, we are all free to voice our own opinions and suggestions here.... but personally, I would strongly recommend not doing this. The styrofoam absorber is in there for a reason. Actually, it's in there for a number of reasons. I can't imagine the amount of weight reduced by removing the absorber will increase performance in any vehicle. Normally I wouldn't put down any ideas here, but being in the collision business I felt it was necessary to voice my own opinion.
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On 2001-10-04 18:02, llama_boy wrote:
I agree that the 40 lbs prolly dosn't warant the safety comprimise on the street. I don't agree that gutting a Bullitt to be used for only the track is a waste. If someone were to buy a Bullitt, paint it pink, and put a whale tail on it, that would be a waste. If someone were to gut it and make a 10 second Bullitt that would just about anything but a waste. </BLOCKQUOTE></FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD><HR></TD></TR></TABLE>
Trust me, what I had in mind would be a waste! This is only an opinion but if I were to build a track-only car, I wouldn't start with a Bullitt. I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Be safe.
They have made these bumper structures lighter over the years. I don't plan on doing this mod on my Bullitt. However,14 yrs.ago,I did this exact thing on my 85 LX,and saved 100 lbs. removing the front and rear. These things then,resembled heavy sections of guard rail! Of course the 85 sees limited street use.
Sorry guys but I just can't go along with taking off a safety item so you can go faster and strike an object with less safety.
Just ask Nasty Bob about what a front end collison will do to a Bullitt. I know what you are talking about when you say it can be undone but possibly too late. What about insurance problems, legal problems and last of all warranty problems.
And then, what about some other poor, unsuspecting person driving or buying the car sans proper safety in the front end. Can you imagine the legal problems?
I can't believe this was even considered. If you want to lose 40 pounds, then do as someone else here said.... delete the A/C or radio or a bunch of other non-essential things but don't screw with the car's safety.
Just my opinion.
like most of us here coudn't ya just loose 30 to 40 lbs by not drinking or eating so much. i guess that's what i'm getting out of it. people tell me that it's not always the car but the driver who's behind the wheel. don't think this realy makes that point. as for the is this safe. no, but is driving behind a car full of kids not in seatbelts safe? if your wanting to do it keep it on the track. this is not a dis on your mod, i think it's cool that you would try to come up w/ something that would take guts to try. i sure wouldn't be able to do it.
Me, I'm looking at the Kenny Brown tubular K-frame front end. Saves 40#'s and extends the wheelbase 1". Anyone think it might be worth it? Mine is a daily driver and looking like an ocaissional run down the track...Very ocaissional.......
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