View Full Version : 77k5 blazer - 82 front clip swap

09-04-2010, 08:21 PM
i have a 77 K5 blazer that has the old round headlights and the small tube style grill.. i got a good condition front clip from a mid 80s truck with the sqare headlights.. i really like the look of the square lights better then the round ones so i want to swap thew entire front clip.. this is the closest information i can find and it looks simple enough to do..


but this is the part that scares me about it "The front body mounts had to be cut off & welded on in the right place along with cutting the frame for the bumper"

im just wondering if on the k5 i will need to relocate the body mounts, or if anyone has done this swap and can give me any information about it. [cheers]

09-04-2010, 08:36 PM
73 to 87 is a direct swap small differences in wiring nothing scary get it done already

09-05-2010, 03:44 PM
Hood mounts differently on the newer clips

09-05-2010, 08:22 PM
One has cowl built into hood, (pre '81 I think) - I think on my buddies there was a gap where the wipers are where it would be covered by the older hood, and front bumpers are different mounting because of frame horn shape, probably not a hard mod.

09-06-2010, 09:22 AM
It mounts to the cowl on 81 and newer hoods

09-06-2010, 12:07 PM
It mounts to the cowl on 81 and newer hoods
x2 thats what i thought to looked at trucks in yard not realy a bolt on

09-06-2010, 12:22 PM
yes the older ones have a longer hood and the hood hinges mount to the insides of the fenders. on the newer ones the hood hinges actually mount under the cowl and i have a winch bumper so the bumper thing is allright, but i was just wondering if the body mounts remain the same or have to be relocated


thats pretty much exactly the swap i would be doing

09-06-2010, 12:27 PM
sorry that link doesnt work on my comp, but the one i originally posted still goes through

SBC hris
09-15-2010, 08:02 PM
check here


Search the forum here, someone from here will know, or have already done it.

10-12-2010, 06:30 AM
73 to 87 is a direct swap small differences in wiring nothing scary get it done already

Like B said....

10-22-2010, 12:53 PM
We cut out holes for the hinges and welded tabs onto the cab for support to bolt the hood onto. Its all painted camo and looks amazing. Great job steve o. maybe post some pictures eh. Definately not just a direct swap though. Whoever told you guys that must have been drinking.

10-22-2010, 06:09 PM
hahaha yeah defianatly not a direct swap for sure i should have taken some pics of the stuff we welded and cut out but its all together now and ill post some pics of it as soon as i can

11-11-2010, 03:58 PM
so heres the before and after, wish i took more during but it was a buisy few days



11-11-2010, 04:03 PM
so heres what i had to work with
someones failed bondo attemp over rotten quarters

cut out all rust and bondo riveted quarter patchs on

and final result after paint

11-11-2010, 04:10 PM
and some more from the front just for fun