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Front Clip Swap

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bigbluesuburban, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. bigbluesuburban

    bigbluesuburban 1/2 ton status

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    I want to know if these parts will all work together...

    '76 Cab & Frame
    '86 Hood & Fenders
    '90 Core support
    '89 Grill, Bezels & Bumper

    Will there be any issues getting these parts to bolt together into one cohesive truck?
     
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    bigbluesuburban 1/2 ton status

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    I dont know for sure because I have never done this swap before. I do believe those parts you have together should go together without much fuss. I say that because I know people have converted to the later model front clip 89-91 on their pre 81's. And All those front clip parts bolt together as far as I know. Im pretty sure I could take my '86 crew cab and swap a 89-91 core support, and grille on there without problem. So through means of (dammit I cannot remember that word in math that means something equals something, equals something else) Anyways, I think it should work.
     
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    Transitive property.
     
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    The cabs are different but you can make it work. I haven't done it, so you will have to ask someone else how.

    Good luck,
    Mike
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Have you Read the tech article?
    http://coloradok5.com/grilleswap.shtml

    I believe a lot of your questions are covered there.

    So would you say right

    These should all be inter changeable! You can always check it out at LMC Truck by comparing part numbers for core support.
    '86 Hood & Fenders (should be fine till 1991)
    '90 Core support
    '89 Grill, Bezels & Bumper
     
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    Thanks for the tech article... Searched but didn't see it.

    And I did a lot of work in the LMC truck catalog, which tells me this all WILL work, but I wanted a little reassurance before delving in.
     
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    Thank you, I was still sitting here at my desk wondering what its called.:waytogo:
     
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    De nada!
     
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    I'm working on my second similar nose swap. I'll post what I remember from the first one.

    -Use frame bushings from the 76 rad support to mount new support. You'll need a 1/4" spacer under the new support to make everything line up.
    -You'll need to do some fab. work at the cowl of the 76 cab to allow the newer style hood hinges to work.
    -Grab the wiper arm assembly under the cowl off a 81 or later cab and install them on the 76 cab. You'll need the later style cowl piece also to work with your fenders and hood.
    -You'll want the later year front bumper and brackets too. You'll have to cut the front frame horns and drill new mounting holes in the frame.

    That's all I can remember off the top of my head. Here's a link to the last one I did. 80 to an 87 nose, pretty much the same you're doing.

    http://www.mannon.com/?cat=9

    Eric M.
     

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