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81 and up front clip on a 74

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by tRustyK5, Jul 2, 2001.

  1. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Has anyone done a front clip swap like this?
    I was wondering how much just bolted on and how much needs some fab work? I know the early front clips had an integral cowl piece at the windsheild end of the hood whereas the 81 and up had a separate cowl piece. Also the 81 and up hood hinges bolt to the cowl/firewall area and the early style uses different hinges bolted to the inside of the fender.
    So any tips? Experiences?

    Rene

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  2. rocko

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    Hey Rene...
    Neil.. aka Mudzer has a article in the technical section on how to do it.. (awesome article too ) [​IMG]
    The truck I just bought is a 76 with a 82 front clip...
    You need the radiator support, fender's of course.. and the newer style hood..
    My truck is missing the cowl.. so i have to find one myself..


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    all you need is the new sheet metal and different connectors for the headlights either find the entire harness in a junker or i've seen places that sell connectors to go inbetween the old and new style connectors but those where for the 89-91 style headlights.. other than that it is easy
     
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    you will also need the wiper pivots and linkage. the newer body style is longer, but will bolt up to the wiper motor. You will also have to put holes in the cowl panel for the hood hinges to go into. I put a 84 nose on my 73.

    your right. I don't understand the jeep thing!
     
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    hey rocko, I have an extra cowl panel and wiper parts if you need them.

    your right. I don't understand the jeep thing!
     
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    I was thinkin about, sometime down the road, Putting on a 89-91 on the 75. I really love the way they look on the older models, especially on the full convertable. That would be awesome lookin..........

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    89-91 front clips are going for $800 and up here in GA. You can pick up a 82-87 from about $300-$400.

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    That's why I was sayin sometime down the road- When the price drops- [​IMG], if it ever does go down[​IMG]

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    Thanks Bablazer..
    How much would you want for them.. ? Have anyr hood hingers?.. Guess I should read up more on Mudzer's article..
    Whomever started the project.. .never finished it..



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    Rene, AJ ( bandit ) has a front clip off an 84 for sale in the parts forum for $125. And he's not too far from you.

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  11. tRustyK5

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    Thanks Steve,

    I have an 82 front clip and an 81 front clip already. The reason i was asking was that i might be geting a 74 Blazer soon. It has no front clip and I like the newer clip anyways.

    Rene

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    i just put a 91 front clip on my 75. i also put in newer doors that had power mirrors and power windows. i think it looks great. pretty easy bolt on. i took less than an afternoon to bolt them up. the hard part was the wiring. the good thing about the wiring was that the 91 wires and the 75 wires were still thesame color codes. in mudzers article, it talks about welding the hood springs. i opted to just bolt them on. it took a little work to put the bolt under the firewall lip but i got it bolted. ive been wheelin a few times since and so far, no loose panels.

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    This whole conversion thing kinda sucks for me..
    So I'm going to use Hood pin's(4 of them) to secure my hood.. Whomever started the front clip upgrade on mine.. never finished.. So I think that's a good way for me to finish it..
    It's a trail rig.. i'm not going for look's here.. [​IMG]

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    OOPS!! I just assumed you were gonna need 1! Sorry, But hey I tried. [​IMG]

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    If you want, send me a private with a list of what you need. I have a whole nose clip, but I used the hood.

    your right. I don't understand the jeep thing!
     
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    I'm gonna have to go against the grain on this one. I have a '79 but I think the best looking Blazers of ALL TIME are the '73 and '74 models. I love the grille on those, not to mention the full convertible top. I did a grille swap on mine so the front end is identical to a '73-'74 model with a half-top. Now I just wish it was a full convertible although a half top does have its advantages.

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    $800? is that for used 89-91front clips? i've seen in magazines all new components including the adaptors to make the new headlights work on the old harness and all of the core support and hood for $625 plus s\h
     
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    Rene, you could just take a picture of mine, then have it silk screened on some air low-able tarp or canvas adn wire it on the front. That would surely be cheaper than 800 or 625.[​IMG]
    Then we could do the same with the mirrors. [​IMG][​IMG]

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    Hey BigT, I have to agree with you. '73 to '74s look awesome, esp. mine. hehehe
     
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    The prices that you are referring to in those magazines is not for a front clip, it is for the grille and headlight assemblies. Those companies are not offering the sheet metal. And Goose, yes, your K5 is pretty awesome.

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