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Bumper thread?

Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:30 pm

I can't find it.

I thought we had at least one pretty good thread around here that addressed the bumper interchangeability throughout years, but I'll be darned if I can find it.

Question on the Chevelles:

I know that the 73 front and back bumpers are different from the 74-77 in every way. BUT I keep looking at pics and it looks like the 74/75 front and REAR bumpers will swap over to the 76/77 (even though they are a little smaller) without a ton of mods....right?

And the 75/76/77 taillight panels etc will all swap without changing the trunk and corner pieces...right?

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Re: Bumper thread?

Post by Hawk03 on Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:10 pm

Here's a thread I started with some info
http://www.g3gm.com/t9463-76-77-malibu-back-side

The '74/75 bumper will fit on a '77 but the bumper fillers will need to be modified to work. The top lip on the 77 bumper is a lot longer than the 74/75 bumper and the bumper fillers need to be extended to cover the bumper struts. To use the rear tail lights from a 74/75 on a 77 you will need to weld in the tail panel. The 75 trunk lid is slightly different from the 74/75 as well. You also will need to use the corner or quarter panel extensions from the 74/75 to make the tail panel work too.

I have a '74 bumper on my '77 and will show pics of everything once the car is painted.
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Re: Bumper thread?

Post by Limey SE on Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:25 am

75 can be used Bobby on the 77 there is just a small different in the lip of Trunk lid and Tail light ext's But the Tail Panel it self will allow you to Choose between the 75, 76 , 77 Tails If you want the 74 Tails Like Hawk said you have to Change the Tail panel section to a 74 As the Holes are different for the Tailights

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Re: Bumper thread?

Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:58 pm

My plan is to use a 74/75 rear bumper on my 77 and then drill out the shocks anyway, so the filler shouldn't be an issue...correct?

Now all I have to do is find the bumper. Smile

No real plan to change the tail lights, but I couldn't remember the details. I am thinking about switching to 75s, but I like the 77s just fine too.



The Malibu has been on the back burner while I've tinkered with the other car.
I miss it.
So it's time to get back on it.

My problem is that I like every year 73-77 and I hard time trying to decide which parts of each I like the best.

I'm working on the wheels and the suspension next, then I'll tackle the body stuff.

I've been staring at that Laguna nose again. Dammit.
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Re: Bumper thread?

Post by bigredlaguna on Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:30 pm

Let me help with the Laguna nose dream. They all crack and make your paint effed up. Your welcome.
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Re: Bumper thread?

Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:21 pm

If I weaken and put it on and that happens, then I'll put the 74 stuff back on. Or the 77. Or the 75.

Dammit. See? Very Happy
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Re: Bumper thread?

Post by bigredlaguna on Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:12 pm

I can't help you if you are just going to talk yourself into a situation. Smile
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