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Post by Marshall.Pixley Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:15 pm

sorry guys but i had some little thinking time and it gave me a wonderful idea in my eyes that may be upsetting to others..... i have my beautiful 1973 el camino that i am always looking for ways to make it my own, and i had an idea. but i need y'alls input to see if it is even possible. i like the look and body lines of the 1973 buick century, and i was thinking that i can make the front clip and doors work on my el camino if i find a 2 door model. whats y'all thoughts? yeah i am thinking about what to call it. and i know i will shave the buick emblem off to make my complete debadged car.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 Sun Feb 13, 2011 5:47 pm

Hard to picture it...Don't think I'd like it much, but it's your car, do whatever you want.

See if rago can slap a pic together for you, might be cool.

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Post by Marshall.Pixley Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:07 pm

yeah i would have to see the cars side by side to make a final decision, but i like the look of that buick front clip, and the only way i can make the lines look right would be to have its doors also. hardest part will be finding a good donor in decent shape.
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Post by texan01 Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:22 pm

I think it'd work, since the body lines taper off in the middle of the doors, I think the lower body contours are the same, or you can hack a door skin together to make it work.

It'd def. be unique and be cool

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Post by IndyG3 Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:24 pm

You have to do quite a bit of sheet metal work. The front end and doors would probably bolt right on, but the Centuries had some swoopy body lines. You'd have to change the back end of the El Camino to make it look right in my opinion.
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Post by Marshall.Pixley Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:41 pm

yeah, maybe make my front bumper work?
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Post by JB2wheeler Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:54 pm

I thibnk its a good idea, if you really like the looks of the buick. Personally I like the looks of the Olds and Chevy better. Now from another angle, It would be a lot of work, is it worth it? I still have the Flu, but am feeling a lot better. JB
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Post by Marshall.Pixley Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:59 pm

from the looks of it those doors wont cause a lot of problems and solve one problem.
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Post by JB2wheeler Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:00 pm

You know, that front end is starting to grow on me. Now that I actually sit here and think about it the more I like it. It is a lot more rounded off and it would give an Elky a whole new look. It would look even better on a Monte, I never did like the Monte front end. Oops, now I'm in for it! JB
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Post by Marshall.Pixley Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:04 pm

lol nice. really i love it a lot, only 2 things i dont like, the emblem (my car has none) and the bumper, and really only the little bumperets are the issue.
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Post by Limey SE Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:16 pm

It can be done but will require everything from doors forward on the Buick donar car including core support


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Post by Marshall.Pixley Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:20 pm

see i like that, not that exact year, but the buick look is nice. i prefer the 73
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Post by Limey SE Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:21 pm

Thats actually a Pontiac, think of the smokey and the bandit era

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Post by Marshall.Pixley Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:29 pm

ah, nice. but yeah i think what i will do is i will go find a car with a good front clip and good doors and buy it, that way i have what i need to make it fit.
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Post by The Dude Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:12 pm

Yeah, it's been thought of & discussed here before.
https://www.g3gm.com/t3560-odd-model-elkys

I want to say there is a member on here that has done the swap if you check around in introductions. Should be a bolt on affair. Just gotta use Elky windows in the Buick doors & that's it.
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Post by dragons_lair59 Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:44 pm

i know a guy with a 73-74 buick for sale
this front end but if i remember a 2 dr
http://www.hassinen.eu/1973buick_Estate%20Wagon-12.jpg
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Post by 74MonteCarlo Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:47 pm

Not an A Body. Wouldnt work.

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Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:33 am

estate wagon is b body platform isnt it?
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Post by Limey SE Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:36 am

yes sir even the 2 door version of that buick will not work

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Post by Marshall.Pixley Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:47 am

i looked and the 1973 century at least from what i found is an Abody car, i dont know about the wagons but i would only use a 2 door because of the body lines. and also isnt the ride of the week right now a 2 door buick century?
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Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:40 am

Marshall.Pixley wrote:i looked and the 1973 century at least from what i found is an Abody car, i dont know about the wagons but i would only use a 2 door because of the body lines. and also isnt the ride of the week right now a 2 door buick century?

they look similiar but the estate wagon shares body/frame etc with the impala, caprice, etc.
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Post by The Dude Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:53 am

Buick Century, Regal, Gran Sport, & Free Spirit are A Bodies. Everything else is a different body style.

Any A Body front end will transfer over & be a bolt on ordeal EXCLUDING the A Specials (Grand Prix & Monte Carlo). Just remember to grab the entire doghouse & doors.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:58 am

I always knewd us Monti carlo owner wuz spechil.

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Post by The Dude Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:05 am

Haha. I ain't gonna argue that. You guys & your funny long front ends with odd swooping lines.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:10 am

Thumbs up

Can you say "BOXY"?

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