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Grille interchange
« on: January 25, 2013, 09:36:46 AM »
Looking for info. I have a 1976 Pinto and looking to convert the front and rear to look like a 1971. Will the grille and bumpers interchange? Please Help.

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Re: Grille interchange
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013, 12:19:34 PM »
It can be done,but alot of fabricating! Good luck! Early Pintos had solid frame work,after '74 shock absorbing -heavy mounts and differant trim. The grille also mounted differantly.
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Re: Grille interchange
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013, 09:11:25 PM »
I believe a 74 or 75 grille will interchange with your 76.  74 was the first year of the cable hood release.  The 71-73 cars had a manual hood release so the grille is different and would probably have to be modified to work on your 76.  I believe the early bumpers will bolt on with some fabrication however the front valance will have to be modified to clear the larger radiator support frame.  There is a pink 79 or 80 that was converted years ago.  If I remember correctly he showed what needed to be done for the early front end in his thread.  Sorry I forgot his screen name.
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Re: Grille interchange
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2013, 04:54:22 PM »
I've got a '75 (vertical & horozontal bars) that I've put a '74 (vertical ribs) grille on.

Also gonna drain the bumper shocks to move the bumper closer to the car. Hope I helped a little@!
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Re: Grille interchange
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2013, 10:20:03 PM »
There is an easy way to draw the fat bumpers in to fit flush, if that will help. I did it on my 77. I showed a step by step in one of the forums. If anyone is interested I will look up the link and post it.
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Re: Grille interchange
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2013, 10:31:40 PM »
Joebob..please?
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Re: Grille interchange
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2013, 07:14:33 PM »
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