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Post by jrb75 on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:22 pm

my 75 taillight panels over to a 74 can I? I just like the styling better but after comparing mine to some junkyard pics I saw up here, that support behind it all has to be changed out too, don't it? I cant tell but, it wouldn't be as easy as a 1 day bolt in and out, would it?

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Post by The Dude on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:38 pm

Not gonna happen. Limey can chime in with more description, but basically you would have to cut out the entire rear panel from both cars including the trunk area. Would be a bigger PITA than just finding a 74 & selling the 75. If you don't care for the 75 tails, your only bolt in options are to switch to either a 76 or 77 tail or go custom.

Couple of custom ideas:


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Post by The Dude on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:44 pm

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Post by jrb75 on Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:57 pm

Thanks Rago, that's what I figured. As a matter of fact that's the pic that made me realize it wasn't gonna be just a bezel and tail panels swap. I wasn't sure if that back support panel was removable (within reason). I don't mind the 75 rear, just liked the 74 when I had one years back. Ido plan to switch the front over to a 74 and at least that's something I can do.
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Post by Limey SE on Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:18 pm

thanks rago I was just gonna post that for him i, If he wanted to weld in the 74 tail panel it can be done but would be WAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY more work than it would be worth believe me I tried ..............

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Post by jrb75 on Fri Nov 19, 2010 6:14 pm

Ehh, I'm still just enjoying having another one again. Who knows maybe I'll just own more than one some day, maybe even a whole driveway full of em. Maybe, my automotive illiterate wife will also love having a bunch of Chevys around and....and....and, nevermind. pale No
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Post by Bill's 74 on Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:06 pm

I was told recently that removing an replacing the tail panel was easy.

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Post by Limey SE on Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:08 pm

NOT BY ME LOL I know whats involved LMAO

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Post by Laguna Budman on Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:35 pm

Wow! First of all I didn't say easy. I said not to bad just alot of spot welds which = time. And by the way you don't have to remove any of the trunk just the tailpanel. I don't claim to know everything but I know about this cause we just did it a few months ago.
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Post by McCauley5983 on Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:57 pm

what kind of welder do yall use for your welds
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Post by Laguna Budman on Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:04 pm

All your doing is spot welding back in place and seam sealing just like from the factory. Wire feed by the way
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Post by McCauley5983 on Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:09 pm

all i got is a cheap buzz box from harbor frieght kinda nervous to start doing body work with it
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Post by Laguna Budman on Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:10 pm

If someone needs a 74 tailpanel by chance I think I have a couple rust free ones I just found diggin through my stacks of stuff.
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Post by Bill's 74 on Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:19 pm

Laguna Budman wrote:If someone needs a 74 tailpanel by chance I think I have a couple rust free ones I just found diggin through my stacks of stuff.

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Post by Laguna Budman on Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:23 pm

Sorry Bill I just came across them Monday at one of my hideouts. Forgot I still had some of that stuff.
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Post by Bill's 74 on Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:42 pm

This needs to be added to the Emoticons:

:stickpoke:
(for those that know what it is)

No worries. I got the car fixed and some extra parts, and Frankie got the car out of his wife's way. :stickpoke:


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Post by jrb75 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:15 pm

Revisiting this rather than starting a new thread...I started tearing do the 77 parts car for what I want, borrow and part out. I planned to use the 77 taillight assemblies for a little while on my 75 but it looks like I cant, can I? they appear to be 1-1.5" longer and the bolt holes different?
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:45 pm

The '75 tail panel is different than '76/'77...so, not without modifications. Can't just swap tail panels and drill new holes as the trunk lids are a little different, too...to accomodate the angled contour along the top of the '75 tail panel.
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Post by jrb75 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:55 pm

Thanks Steve, that's what I was afraid of. Looks like I'll be adding those to the part out list and looking for a set of 75 undinged up end caps
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:03 pm

Well...if you need any help, just holler. I can get a pair for you.
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