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Old 11-12-06, 10:48AM   #1
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I AM NEW TO THE GROUP AND NEW TO 2ND GEN FIREBIRDS BUT MAYBE YOU CAN HELP. I RECENTLY BOUGHT A 1975 ESPRIT BUT IT HAS A 1977 FRONT END ON IT. MY QUESTION IS IF THIS WORKS OK, WILL A NOSEPIECE FROM A 1970-1973 WORK ALSO? IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE HIT ME UP![bdh]
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You can purchase a 70-73 fiberglass front clip that will bolt on, but I'm not sure a nose from a donor car will bolt right up. You'll need all of the brackets for sure. You'll also need the hood, if I'm not mistaken.
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Yes, the early hood would be different than the 77 hood.
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If you get a whole front clip, you can change it over. That would include fenders, hood and rad support from the early car. The difference in the fenders is only the sheet metal bracket that is spot welded to the front edge of the fender. I have drilled out the brackets from early (70-74) rotted fenders and welded them into later (75-81) fenders. All 70-76 hoods have the 2 deep grooves that match the round headlight noses from those years. 77-81 hoods are much flatter to match the quad headlight noses. There are 3 or 4 different rad supports. There are a lot of little differences between them but the biggest difference that may affect the swap is that early supports are hung by the mount, under the subframe, while later ones are mounted on top of the subframe. I think the change was somewhere around 74 to 76. Not sure. If you do go with a 70-73 nose don't get a 73. they are much heavier than the 70-72. You can see the difference if you look at the backside. The 70-72 looks almost hollow and the 73 looks as though it was turned upside down and cement poured in to fill it up. Hope this helps.
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