Correct bumper for '78

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I am replacing the current step bumper on my '78 fleetside with a period correct bumper that my truck originally came with. It has been called a "sport" bumper, like a blazer had on it. I am so confused. When I look up rear bumpers from suppliers, I find two different styles of rear bumpers. It has been so long since I saw the original bumper that I am not sure which is correct. I have attached pics of the two types. If memory serves me right, bumper "A" is the correct style, yet many sites sell bumper "B" as a '78 rear bumper. Bumper "B" to me looks like something that goes on a step-side truck. Please help!!!!

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"A" is the earlier style, looks similar to your front bumper.:)
 

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B is a step side rear bumper.

That is what I thought Before ordering, I had a lengthy chat conversation assuring me that it was the correct bumper versus what they had a picture of on their website. That was my first clue that something was wrong. My second clue was when it arrived. Printed on the outside of the box was "Chevy P/U Bumper rear fleetside 67-72 painted". It was verified upon opening the box and looking at the bumper I have contacted whom I purchased it from and they understand the problem and have forwarded to QC to get straightened out on website. Told them they have a serious problem in their warehouse that needs some fixing. Anyway, they have sent me a return label and I get to send back at their cost.
 

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I hadn't even thought about the 67-72 fleetside. I had Square on my mind. You can see here the step side has the same profile, but the ends are curved. The 67-72 is flat on the ends.

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Both of those yours? That must be your signature color. What is it called?
 

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A for a 78.
Plan on doing that conversion on my 78 as well.
After 80 they changed the style again to the one I have on my truck. Still was called the sport bumper, same ones blazers, suburbans, and some C10s had. Mine originally had a basic box bumper, but I liked the sport bumper better. Had to steal a set of brackets from a blazer, and make my own brackets for the middle. Made my own custom hitch too.
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I hadn't even thought about the 67-72 fleetside. I had Square on my mind. You can see here the step side has the same profile, but the ends are curved. The 67-72 is flat on the ends.

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It was really hard to tell that from the first picture. The squarebody stepside rear bumper is the same as '67-'72 stepside, which is why it's so similar to the '67-'72 fleetside bumper.
 

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Both of those yours? That must be your signature color. What is it called?

Nope, found those on the internet. Blue is my favorite color. This is my current square.

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Nice!!!! You have the "teeth" on front bumper that so many disposed of and I bet wished they had now since they are hard to find......good for you!!!!!
 

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Both of those yours? That must be your signature color. What is it called?

It's Chartreuse.

The only reason I know that is because they make fishing lures that color. Otherwise I'd call it yellow-green.
 

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Nice!!!! You have the "teeth" on front bumper that so many disposed of and I bet wished they had now since they are hard to find......good for you!!!!!

I call them "bumper tusks".
Been looking for a set for the 80s style bumper. Have a set on my 78s front bumper.
 

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mmmmm, bumperettes. sweet.

:)

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