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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-05-2012, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy 79 Ranchero

I am looking at a 79 Ranchero the problem is I hate the look of the front clip. Will the front clip of a 76 work with the doors of the 79. If not I guess I could figure some thing else out, I just don't think I can live with the 79 front end.
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The 72/79 RANCHERO was basically the same car except the front clip. You could put a MONTEGO or BIRD clip on it if you wanted to.

Personally, I like the 79 clip. It is an LTD II clip of the period. The 76 grille is too massive in my opinion. But at least you are not contemplating using a CHEVELLE clip...

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Re: 79 Ranchero

actually body lines of '72-'76 are different to '77-'79, but common swaps are 77-9 t bird, 76-9 cougar, 74-6 elite and 72-6 montego, these share bodylines with '77-'79 ranchero.

lower body line is recessed on '72-76 and raised on '77-79, look on either side of the front wheel on this elite swap, rear of fender had to be modified to fit earlier body



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actually body lines of '72-'76 are different to '77-'79, but common swaps are 77-9 t bird, 76-9 cougar, 74-6 elite and 72-6 montego, these share bodylines with '77-'79 ranchero.

lower body line is recessed on '72-76 and raised on '77-79, look on either side of the front wheel on this elite swap, rear of fender had to be modified to fit earlier body
I stand corrected. THANX!

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No prob, here is a link to a thread with a pic of a members '79 with '72 Montego clip.
https://www.fordmuscleforums.com/ranc...-question.html

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actually body lines of '72-'76 are different to '77-'79, but common swaps are 77-9 t bird, 76-9 cougar, 74-6 elite and 72-6 montego, these share bodylines with '77-'79 ranchero.

lower body line is recessed on '72-76 and raised on '77-79, look on either side of the front wheel on this elite swap, rear of fender had to be modified to fit earlier body

...question do i need the whole clip from the t bird or just the nose clip?from the photo looks as if only the nose clip is needed.
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...question do i need the whole clip from the t bird or just the nose clip?from the photo looks as if only the nose clip is needed.
You can make do with nose hood and bumper
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