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Bumper swap?
« on: May 12, 2020, 06:36:04 AM »
Well I finally convinced my dad to sell me his 1980 pony. Itís been sitting in the barn since 2007 and I got it dug out the other day. I have a million questions but my first one is can I swap bumpers off like a 77 onto an 80 and tuck them in? Iíll post some pics once I figure out how thank you

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Re: Bumper swap?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2020, 03:54:40 PM »
Likely it is possible but visually the center point in the 77 bumper would not match well to the flat-ish 80 grill and hood. Sadly, (In my opinion) nothing looks as good as the 71/72 bumpers. And I say that as a 73 owner. Never much cared for the 74 and up look as they progressed towards the rakish front.  That said the 79/80 square front at least works with the squared off back of the wagons. Post 73 was just an awkward time for cars trying to meet new crash mandates.

Some British cars had an atrocious 6" of rubber hanging off the bumpers. But the good news there was removing that huge chunk of rubber the car looked pre-73. USA Manufactures did that pretty much in 73 only.

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Re: Bumper swap?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2020, 04:21:39 PM »
Well darn. One of the rubber ends of the rear bumper rusted off and I was gonna swap them over to full steel bumpers as they look better to me too

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Re: Bumper swap?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2020, 07:32:44 PM »
The rear bumper is much easier to deal with than the front. Like Wittsend said itís the flat front of the Ď79-80 that is the issue. Iím using Ď71 bumpers on my Ď77 Cruiser. Hereís the back.



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Re: Bumper swap?
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2020, 07:38:30 PM »
I would think the back bumper from a '74 up might work? Isn't the back of the car the same? I think so.....
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Re: Bumper swap?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2020, 08:25:55 PM »
Did you use factory mounting for the rear? What are you doing with the front bumper? I know the 79-80 are a different front end than your 77. I wish I could find a bumper to mock up the front and see how it looks

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Re: Bumper swap?
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2020, 08:39:13 PM »
I made the mounting brackets because they are nothing alike but l really think the Ď74 and up are the same in the rear. Iím using a Ď71 bumper in the front as well. Everything is custom made.


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Re: Bumper swap?
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2020, 08:44:15 PM »
Well looks like I better keep my eye out for a 74 up rear and see if I can make it work. I guess if all else fails Iíll have to find a complete front end off a 71-73 and front clip swap it down the road. Anyone done this swap? Do I need core support, fenders, hood and bumper

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Re: Bumper swap?
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2020, 08:52:05 PM »
Ď74 and up would be the easiest swap. 71, 72 & 73 use a different frame setup. And you can tuck the bumpers to make them look better. Core support is the same you just need the bolt on stuff and itís a direct swap.


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Re: Bumper swap?
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2020, 09:44:23 PM »
here is how I did my 77 bobcat. I do not know if any of this will help you.
https://www.fordpinto.com/your-project/simple-fat-bumper-fix/msg120637/#msg120637
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Re: Bumper swap?
« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2020, 06:55:34 PM »
I have a 79-80 bumper, if you want it.  In Washington state.
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