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ManDown
09-04-2010, 09:21 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..

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/showthread.php?t=301351


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]

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

85chevy
09-05-2010, 04:44 PM
Hood mounts differently on the newer clips

kootenaycat
09-05-2010, 09:22 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.

85chevy
09-06-2010, 10:22 AM
It mounts to the cowl on 81 and newer hoods

4skin
09-06-2010, 01:07 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

ManDown
09-06-2010, 01:22 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

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=301351


thats pretty much exactly the swap i would be doing

ManDown
09-06-2010, 01:27 PM
sorry that link doesnt work on my comp, but the one i originally posted still goes through

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

www.73-87chevytrucks.com

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

godtool
10-12-2010, 07:30 AM
73 to 87 is a direct swap small differences in wiring nothing scary get it done already

Like B said....

tmh84
10-22-2010, 01:53 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.

ManDown
10-22-2010, 07:09 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

ManDown
11-11-2010, 04:58 PM
so heres the before and after, wish i took more during but it was a buisy few days

before
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00043.jpg

after
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00198.jpg

ManDown
11-11-2010, 05:03 PM
so heres what i had to work with
someones failed bondo attemp over rotten quarters
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00150.jpg

cut out all rust and bondo riveted quarter patchs on
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00061.jpg
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00063.jpg

and final result after paint
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00199.jpg

ManDown
11-11-2010, 05:10 PM
and some more from the front just for fun
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00176.jpg
http://i1194.photobucket.com/albums/aa365/el-steevo/IMG00184.jpg