07-09-2005, 06:48:00 PM
Have any of you ever placed the front sheet metal of a 74 to 77 Camaro on a 73?
What I am up to:
Thank you for any input from a new member.
07-13-2005, 08:26:00 PM
What's wrong with the 77?
Its all fun and games 'till someone gets knocked up, down or out...
07-14-2005, 09:57:00 AM
Some assumptions I've made here...
You want to swap everything in front of the doors.
The 78-79 fender vents and hood/scoop will also be swapped to the 73.
Neither of these cars is really a Z28. (Some members here would scream... "NO, Don't do that to a Z!" But making a frankenstein out of these two cars will keep the flaming to a minimum if they are sport coupes.)
Bottom line... Build what you want with what you have. Change it later if you get tired of it. It's your car!
To do it, you will need to swap the radiator support, bumpers and brackets. You can use the hood and fenders from either car.
Round up a buddy and a handful of wrenches and you can have this job done in a weekend.
It will look odd, IMO, to have the two different styles of bumpers on the front and back. I don't know if those will swap over to the 73 with body mods.
07-14-2005, 10:12:00 AM
The fenders are the same y dont you just put the good fenders on the 73 the crome bummpers cars are were the action is ..
07-14-2005, 01:14:00 PM
Thanx guys !!
Years ago I turned a 76 Coupe into a Psudo Z28 and a 73 into a Psudo Z28(using 6 different Camaro pieces). I never tried fitting a later front clip (sheet metal) on a 73.
I asked here because I wondered if there was something that would prevent it.
I started without an answer because I was going to do it anyway.
I love the 74 to 77 front ends and back ends for that matter but because the California smog laws put a hold on the 30 year rotation for exempt I did not want to restore any of the 5 (post 75)Camaros I have here now.
I am now mounting (cutting holes) for the side vents (red eBay specials), have mounted the hood scoop (blue eBay special) and its 108 degrees here in California and I have slowed down a little.
I am putting a 76 front end on a 73 now and the only problem so far is the weight of the 76 bumper and the bolts that mount it to the frame are different. I am reall disappointed in the use of a serrated head bolt in a slot vs. the bolt through style of the 73. All seem s to be fitting for now.
Thank you for your answers !!!
07-14-2005, 01:16:00 PM
Progress so far:
Boy!! its hot here !!
07-14-2005, 08:49:00 PM
Where do you live?
I'm in Redding and it's 108.
1973 Trans Am 455, 4-spd
07-15-2005, 12:14:00 PM
I live just 60 miles down the road (I-5) from you. Its going to be hot for the rest of the month they say and its normal.
07-15-2005, 08:56:00 PM
I'd say you are at or near Orland. We are practically neighbors.
1973 Trans Am 455, 4-spd
[This message has been edited by Burt (edited July 16, 2005).]