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Fabrice, Did you use the original 73 fenders?

 

The 73 fenders and extensions are about 3/4" longer(lower) than the 71/72 fenders where they meet the top of the bumper.

 

I have purchased 71/72 fenders and extensions for my conversion. Hopefully this keeps the amount of fabrication down.

 

Thanks!

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@jeff, yes, I've kept the 73.

using 72, you still have to modify the bracket to meet the 73 holes on frame

but you should be practically good on height (the diff of extensions height 712 to 73),

and distance bumper to fender is practically dictated, as they are made to work together by design.

 

For 73, its more an "artistic" thing and its a good idea to have the valance held in place by tape to mimic its location

so the bumper adjusts to the fenders nicely. As said in previous reply, I still have to figure out something for this.

I have the bumper very near of the fender, and to avoid damage the paint, I have cut and glued a small thick black piece of leather.

It on my todo to make a part/spacer before it gets a fresh layer of paint (very soon). I've ordered vert 71 spacers thinking

to mod them a bit and be good , but they are nowhere near the expected and making a small custom patch is much better idea

than ruining these to end up with the shape I actually need. I'll post my findings when done.

 

@rob

[sO Valance plate , turnsignals ,brackets and bumper correct ?]

yes, plus thinking/making a plate above the support for the visual gap(my last reply) . Which if you want keep the grille

intact, requires additional support added to bumper bracket or weld it to the support or whatever bright idea you will come with ;)

You may want to close the valance gap too, there is still plenty air enuff to cool the engine.

All up to you!

 

Once done, as you have a front spoiler, you end up with the same nice nose as seen on Paul's car ( @rocket366 )

73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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[sO Valance plate , turnsignals ,brackets and bumper correct ?]

yes, plus thinking/making a plate above the support for the visual gap(my last reply) . Which if you want keep the grille

intact, requires additional support added to bumper bracket or weld it to the support or whatever bright idea you will come with ;)

You may want to close the valance gap too, there is still plenty air enuff to cool the engine.

All up to you!

 

Once done, as you have a front spoiler, you end up with the same nice nose as seen on Paul's car ( @rocket366 )

 

Super great info, Another to the todo list :-)

For knowing your limit you have to pass it ::thumb::

 

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So . . . if I were to swap over to 71-2 fender extensions and simply cut the 3/4 inch of additional metal away on my 73 fenders, would I be able to use the filler panels from 71-2 on my 73 to give it a finished look?

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I guess you could add that one to the todo too.

Welding the 712 shape into the 73 or mod the 73 fender somehow so the fillers fits.

That would prolly fix the prob I have to fabricate tiny custom ones and look nicer.

73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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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.

 

loose that weight for wheelies

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