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Golden Star is manufacturing reproduction (chrome) bumpers for the 1973-74 Nova - Both front and rear (with and without impact molding holes – see notes).
I recently purchased a set of Golden Star bumpers (both front and rear) for my 74 Nova. I just installed them and the quality, fit, and finish of both bumpers is excellent!



I am very pleased with the results. If you are thinking about getting replacement chrome bumpers for your 73-74 Nova, I highly recommend them.

You can purchase these bumpers thru Jegs (best prices and free shipping). Unfortunately, Jegs is not very good on describing some of the Golden Star bumpers on their website... but I did speak to Golden Star directly to confirm the correct part #s for the specific bumpers available that will fit the 1973 and 1974 Nova.
Golden Stars website for Nova Bumpers
https://goldenstarauto.com/ResultPage.aspx?c=10&sc=315&pi=1

Below are the part #s you would order if you want to install your existing rubber impact strips/moldings onto the new bumpers for a 1974 Nova.
74 Front Bumper with molding/impact strip holes: BU02-74F
https://www.jegs.com/i/Golden-Star/189/BU02-74F/10002/-1
74 Rear Bumper with molding/impact strip holes: BU02-741R
https://www.jegs.com/i/Golden-Star/189/BU02-741R/10002/-1

Below are the part #s you would order if you do not want to install any rubber impact strips/moldings onto the new bumpers for a 1973 or 1974 Nova.
73/74 Front Bumper* without molding/impact strip holes: BU02-73F
https://www.jegs.com/i/Golden-Star/189/BU02-73F/10002/-1
73 Rear Bumper** without molding/impact strip holes: BU02-73R
https://www.jegs.com/i/Golden-Star/189/BU02-73R/10002/-1
74 Rear Bumper without molding/impact strip holes: BU02-74R
https://www.jegs.com/i/Golden-Star/189/BU02-74R/10002/-1

*NOTE: Golden Star does not produce a 74 Front bumper without the molding/impact strip holes. They only produce the 74 Front bumper with the molding/impact strip holes... but they have a 73 Front bumper without the molding/impact strip holes that will fit the 74 Nova. The only visual difference between the 73 and the 74 Nova front bumpers is the 73 rectangular openings on both sides of the license plate is wider than the openings on the 74 Nova front bumper.
While the front bumpers are interchangeable between the 1973 and 1974 Nova, the rear bumpers are not.
**NOTE: The 1973 Nova rear bumper is only available without the impact molding strip holes.

When you order these bumpers thru Jegs, they are shipped directly from the manufacturer. The bumpers are packed in very sturdy, double wall thick corrugated boxes.


The insides of the bumpers arrive unfinished. I decided to primer and paint the insides of the bumpers prior to their installation on my Nova to help preserve their longevity and prevent rust.


 

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most awesome as is to be expected from you...
Do you have before pics? was your bumpers tucked before?

what primer and paint did you use.

I refurbished my front bumper, first I cleaned scrubbed wire brushed etc , then used some rust converter. Painted it with no rust black , ugly color so added a coat of undercoating.
 

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Thank you for the generous compliment... much appreciated!
1 - Do you have before pics?
2 - Were your bumpers tucked before?
3 - What primer and paint did you use?
1 - The photos below are a couple "before" pics of the original bumpers.

The front bumper was in decent shape, but had some minor scratches and little surface rust plus pitting.


The rear bumper was in good shape (very little surface rust and pitting), but I knew I would regret not replacing the rear bumper if I had only replaced the front. I may try to sell these bumpers on Craigslist.

2 - No, my original bumpers were not tucked before I installed the new bumpers. The front and rear bumper tuck was completed during the installation of the new bumpers.

3 - I just used some rattle can Rust-Oleum primer and Rust-Oleum satin black paint purchased from Home Depot.

I refurbished my front bumper, first I cleaned scrubbed wire brushed etc , then used some rust converter.
I had done the same to my original bumpers over 35 years ago. After all these years, the inner surfaces of the original bumpers were still in very good shape due to these preventative steps taken many years ago. This is the reason why I chose to primer and paint the inner surfaces of the new chrome bumpers.
I had also cut out the middle sections of both the front and rear metal inner bumper fillers to reduce some weight.


 

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Thank you for sharing! My 73 needs both bumpers (without molding holes) and this seals the deal, I will order these.
Ive found a few of your write ups and they are all great, cheers

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ramportin1, Thanks for the generous feedback!... I'm always glad when I am able to help others thru my "How to" posts.

I think you will be very happy with the fit, finish, and overall quality of the Golden Star bumpers for your 73 Nova.
It looks like Jegs is currently running one of their "FALL SAVINGS" discounts... that along with free shipping is hard to beat for a set of new chrome bumpers delivered to your destination of choice.
 
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