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On valuation question, it comes down to how high a level restoration is being performed, or if the car is a very very original car. On both type cars, it's advantageous to have the correct dated rear bumper. Short of that, sure its a detailing issue, '70's shouldn't have notched rear bumpers, that noted, there comes a point, a non correct dated one doesn't hurt value.
In the late 90's I got into with a local bumper plating business, as the very clean original rear bumper core I dropped off with them was swapped out after I wrote on the bumper with a paint pen & also had written on the original work order that I needed this exact rear bumper back. The bumper came back with no date code which was unacceptable. Very frustrating as I had emphatically noted the date code when I took the bumper in. The plating job bill ended up being waived, but that meant very little. Fortunately, I was buying a lot of partscars & was able to find another clean core that had the same date coding. Procuring nice clean dated cores, one never knows where one will pop up. Several years ago, a good friend from out of state was down here with me for a week & we were hitting several huge boneyards. The year before I had bought an extremely low mile '72 Lux LeMans 2 door which had been lightly rolled in late '72. Car had set in a detached garage across local metro area for nearly 30 years... Long story. Besides being a killer parts car, it has been a great example car as how mid year '72 Pontiac A-body's were built. As the original rear bumper had not survived the rollover, with the car came a replacement, whicj just happend to be an Oct of '69 stamped rear bumper which perfectly dated my buddy's '70 RAIV GTO. The bumper had been rechromed in the early '70's, wouldn't surprise me if by the same bumper plating shop I previous had the problems with.