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Job wasnt that tough but pricy when you add it up

 

Bumper

Brackets

valance

lights

Hardware

Beer

Hood nose chrome

Fender Extensions chrome

 

 

 

Goodbye rubber nose

 

Makeover #Priceless

 

Paul

 

 

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Last Update: 4/23/16

 

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Looks great! Well worth the time and money.

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Judge I should mention its not a bolt-on and be done it requires bracket re-fab and welding.

 

 

Thanks

Paul

73 Grande

351C 2v

Now 4v Carb/Cam/headers/T5

 

Gasoline is for washing parts.

Alcohol is for drinking.

Nitomethane is for racing!

 

 

Work in Progress photos here:

Last Update: 4/23/16

 

http://s1270.photobucket.com/user/therocket366/library/?sort=3&page=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Judge I should mention its not a bolt-on and be done it requires bracket re-fab and welding.

 

 

Thanks

 

I also have a '73. Would this have been "bolt on" if you swapped the fenders for '71/72's?

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I dont see 71-2 fenders making a difference

 

The 71-2 bracket mounting hole locations are different than the 73 and the

73 grill is different.

 

Paul

73 Grande

351C 2v

Now 4v Carb/Cam/headers/T5

 

Gasoline is for washing parts.

Alcohol is for drinking.

Nitomethane is for racing!

 

 

Work in Progress photos here:

Last Update: 4/23/16

 

http://s1270.photobucket.com/user/therocket366/library/?sort=3&page=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I dont see 71-2 fenders making a difference

 

The 71-2 bracket mounting hole locations are different than the 73 and the

73 grill is different.

 

Paul

 

Oh ok. I thought the only difference was the fenders .. thanks..

Mike

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Cab you post an image from the side view please? Been thinking about doing this for a long time

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I dont see 71-2 fenders making a difference

 

The 71-2 bracket mounting hole locations are different than the 73 and the

73 grill is different.

 

Paul

 

Oh ok. I thought the only difference was the fenders .. thanks..

Mike

 

The fenders would make a difference as the 73s are different from the 71/72s. You'd still have different mounting points for the bumper but the 73 fender's opening for the bumper is lower than on the 71/72. The fender extensions are different too.

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Looks so much better than the massive front 73 bumper!

 

I did same years ago, no regrets. As said above, only the bracket requires a relocation of the holes

and in my case, cut the lower lip of the bracket so it could rest on the frame. At the time, 25 years ago or so,

I did not have a welding machine. Just to say you do not need perse to have one. Today, I would fabricate the bracket

so it also receives a new metal plate that would go thru the entire length of grille, to close the gap you see while looking near the car at a certain angle. I plan make my own aluminum grille, so that part will be welded on the grille vs redo these...

 

One detail I will also soon need to adress after new paint job, is making some plastic/foamish thingy to go on

the opening of the fenders, to protect from bumper. Ordered a 71 set a while back, thinking they would fit with some serious massage, but no.

For now, (as visible on pict), i'm using a simple piece of strong black leather.

 

Here's my conversion

73chrome.jpg

 

Our car acting like parachutes on the aerodynamics, I've pushed a bit more by filling the huge emptiness of the valance.

For this I've fabricated a mould and used carbon kevlar fibers. Prolly the strongest useless thingy ever made with that stuff :)

 

Bit dusty but you get the idea...

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[ I like my rubber nose.]

One thing is sure, you are much safer with it. The chrome bumper offers like zero protection.

If I would do the swap over, I'd keep the "guiding" square tubes of the 73 bracket, and mix the 712 bracket so it would absorb

a bit of an eventual impact energy. As is now, I don't want to think about the damage if I'd get a frontal hit...

 

On the plus side of this swap, aside the personal design preferences, you save quite a bit of weight on the nose.

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Looks so much better than the massive front 73 bumper!

 

I did same years ago, no regrets. As said above, only the bracket requires a relocation of the holes

and in my case, cut the lower lip of the bracket so it could rest on the frame. At the time, 25 years ago or so,

I did not have a welding machine. Just to say you do not need perse to have one. Today, I would fabricate the bracket

so it also receives a new metal plate that would go thru the entire length of grille, to close the gap you see while looking near the car at a certain angle. I plan make my own aluminum grille, so that part will be welded on the grille vs redo these...

 

One detail I will also soon need to adress after new paint job, is making some plastic/foamish thingy to go on

the opening of the fenders, to protect from bumper. Ordered a 71 set a while back, thinking they would fit with some serious massage, but no.

For now, (as visible on pict), i'm using a simple piece of strong black leather.

 

Here's my conversion

73chrome.jpg

 

Our car acting like parachutes on the aerodynamics, I've pushed a bit more by filling the huge emptiness of the valance.

For this I've fabricated a mould and used carbon kevlar fibers. Prolly the strongest useless thingy ever made with that stuff :)

 

Bit dusty but you get the idea...

73chrome2.jpg

 

That does look nice,, so you used a 72 valance and lights as well??  and 72 bumper brackets or did you modify 73 ones?

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Just valance and modified brackets.

Because the 73 has slightly higher extensions, you need cut the "s" of the bracket, and align the holes

of the bracket to fit the 73 holes on the car.

As said above, if I would redo now (with a welding machine that i did not have back then),

i'd add a panel or an option to add one to bridge the visible space between bumper and grille

and mix the 73 square tubes/fittings with the 72, vs just mod/add the 72 and ditch the 73.

 

You also can swap the fenders/extensions, which removes 1/2 the work on the 72 bracket.

if you want chrome extensions, this could be the way to go, as I've never seen 73 chrome ones

while you find them easy for 7172 and not that expensive, fenders are easy to find too. All depends how much a chrome plating would cost you.

In my case, as i couldn't find chrome extensions for 73, I've let them be chrome plated together with hood extension, scoops and rusty bumper.

That was not that expensive a few decades ago and was much cheaper for me than importing them new or NOS (not the extensions).

 

but for a basic swap, yeah its just a matter of modifying the bracket.

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@Not a T5

of course it's a personal choice!

 

To me the goal is to have my car the way I want it. I couldn't care less about originality.

Plus, I made an air brush illustration of my car when I bought it representing how it will be.

30+ years later, I still follow my youth dream :)

 

Thing is for the bumper, the designers made that body line that we all love with an elegant front bumper,

But laws changed for impacts forcing Ford to patch the noses for 73

While they didn't do a bad job, its still in my eyes less nice than the 71,72. especially on coupes.

I must say I have less probs with it on fastbacks.

 

I've kept the extra spacer and 73 extensions for the rear one.

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@Not a T5

of course it's a personal choice!

 

To me the goal is to have my car the way I want it. I couldn't care less about originality.

Plus, I made an air brush illustration of my car when I bought it representing how it will be.

30+ years later, I still follow my youth dream :)

 

Thing is for the bumper, the designers made that body line that we all love with an elegant front bumper,

But laws changed for impacts forcing Ford to patch the noses for 73

While they didn't do a bad job, its still in my eyes less nice than the 71,72. especially on coupes.

I must say I have less probs with it on fastbacks.

 

I've kept the extra spacer and 73 extensions for the rear one.

 

+1. Car looks great Fabrice.

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Just valance and modified brackets.

Because the 73 has slightly higher extensions, you need cut the "s" of the bracket, and align the holes

of the bracket to fit the 73 holes on the car.

As said above, if I would redo now (with a welding machine that i did not have back then),

i'd add a panel or an option to add one to bridge the visible space between bumper and grille

and mix the 73 square tubes/fittings with the 72, vs just mod/add the 72 and ditch the 73.

 

You also can swap the fenders/extensions, which removes 1/2 the work on the 72 bracket.

if you want chrome extensions, this could be the way to go, as I've never seen 73 chrome ones

while you find them easy for 7172 and not that expensive, fenders are easy to find too. All depends how much a chrome plating would cost you.

In my case, as i couldn't find chrome extensions for 73, I've let them be chrome plated together with hood extension, scoops and rusty bumper.

That was not that expensive a few decades ago and was much cheaper for me  than importing them new or NOS (not the extensions).

 

but for a basic swap, yeah its just a matter of modifying the bracket.

 

Thanks for the info, I feel the same about the bumper,,, I bought my 73 back in 85 thinking it wold be a simple swap to a chrome bumper like the 72,, found out I was wrong later on,,

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[... thinking it would be a simple swap...]

Well, it is!

 

Made a quick and dirty drawing for you if you would start from scratch with new metal, would let the parts be folded/cut for you at your local truck builder/ metal work place etc...

 

Ingredients you need: a few onces of patience, a piece of cardboard, a thin sheet of aluminum, and ideally the chrome bumper + bracket/plate

 

After you remove the 73 bumper+brackets, place the 72 bumper with some construction, so it would be as you wish on the car.

use the cardboard to make one or a series of small shapes, with all measurements...

Transfer all these shapes/measurements to a thin sheet of aluminum. Using 1mm thickness, you can then fold by hand

and test on the car. (slightly thicker, like 2mm would even allow you actually mount the bumper, but would be harder to fold).

you should end up with something like this, when flat. (totally not in ratio, but shows how fairly simple the shape is)

 

Your could use wood too for this. I personally prefer alu, so I don't have to screw anything for the 90 deg cases

and also because thickness is near of the final thickness, leaving no to little marging for errors when I make a blank test assembly.

 

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(where fat black is where you need fold, at yellow dot, is what I would add that is not on the 712 brackets (so you could cover the empty space between grille and bumper with a simple single folded plate). in green, where additional welds once folded would be welcome to add strength to the piece (bridge to fold side to part body)

 

Once you have this shape, if you don't have the tools to do it, you can let it done at your local metal/truck builder shop.

Here a at my fav local shop, a press fold 90 deg, costs $3 per fold/press cut, the industrial metal plate in 3 or 4 mm for both sides 40 to 90 depending on steel quality. If your shape is well defined, you'd add a couple of hours work to the bill.

 

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If you have tools, you can also go for shortening the bracket you can weld that to the 73 square tubes. Or just relocate the holes of the original 712, cut the metal that prevents to have a flat contact onto the car frame...

@rocket366 did probably one of these like I did. If I would redo today,as I do not have the original 73 tubes anymore, I'd go for new metal with the additional bracket for the missing plate.

 

In short, all depends if you have tools or not, and say: today, I do the swap.

and then when done, you will look at projects like @wide-body71's and think... wow respect :)

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Great Information! This is doable for me, This summer when I have the time off from work will be the time, and I think I will start looking for parts!

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Hi

 

Im going to do this to, but do I need to change  this pieces ? I dont know what they are called.

 

 

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Regards Rob

 

I believe those are called fender and hood extensions, in post #15 of this thread Fabrice talks about options with them. 

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@rob,

no need. unless you'd want chrome ones. Chrome 73 fenders extensions are not avail so far as I know.

The hood one is shared across the 3 years.

I wanted chrome at the time and thought about 712 full swap but parts (fenders&extensions) +import costs were way too high.

There were no repro's, so all was big buxx NOS.

When I bought the car, hood and extensions were missing or damaged, needed drive to 3 different countries to

find the parts in junkyards. So after so much trouble, I've opted for the chroming of the 73 extensions and the re-chrome rusty bumper found in Belgium.

 

The ones you have are looking great, so I'd keep these.

 

https://www.cjponyparts.com/bumper-bracket-front-inner-driver-side-1971-1972/p/BB4IL/

I just saw repro brackets for 712 are cheap, even with transport to Europe. Cutting them to fit at the base

is more easy/cheaper than build new ones.

 

Remembering your smart KD construct, it's gonna take you 30 minutes to do this :D

 

Here another quick and dirty illustration of the plate I did not made and suggested in previous replies to add.

The 7172 have different grilles, they kinda slide into the bumper, closing a visual gap. The 73 grilles don't have this.

 

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So adding to the brackets a way to bolt a L line plate just above the support

https://www.cjponyparts.com/dynacorn-grille-support-1971-1973/p/M3629K/

or "pop rivet" one (plastic or thin alu) under grille is something I'd do.

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