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73 and 89 interchangeability? help please!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BranndonC, Apr 3, 2004.

  1. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    i have a line on a 73, and if it looks good, i'd like to swap everything from my 89 to it, i mean lift, axles, tires, everything. Is it just a swap over or will the ORD flip rear and springs front even work on it? and the tranny/motor/t-case are they just a drop in?
     
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    Everything should drop in. Suspension didn't change in any way that would trip you up...

    The front clip is a bit of work but has been done by quite a few people here.

    New style dash may fit.

    Seats probably won't fit without some work. The 73 never had a fold and tumble rear seat...just a rigid bolted down bench. Front seats were also quite different.

    Rene
     
  3. rjfguitar

    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    If you put your 89' body on the 73' frame you won't have to worry about that stuff. Why do you want to swap in a 73'frame? Smog? Got a badass motor in mind? /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     
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    Full convertable. No metal top.
     
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    I think I would just graft on the windshield frame (with the vin attached /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif) and call your truck a 73. Would be ALOT less work. Might want to take the vin off the frame as well /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
  6. BranndonC

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    thats what i think i'll do. Thanks for all the help guys
     

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