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Old September 18th, 2009, 08:28 AM   #1
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Default Chevy 1982+ front clip on a pre-1982 cab?

I've looked at this and would like to know, how a person would solve the hood issues when grafting the square nosed front clip of a post '82 full sized Chevy onto a pre '82 cab.
It appears that all the new sheet metal will bolt up (fenders, core support, etc..) accept the hood.
The new style hood hinges be on the firewall/cowl and the older style hood mounts to the fender.
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Cant you just drill the holes and mount them where they need to go?
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Cant you just drill the holes and mount them where they need to go?
I wish it were that easy.
There is a pocket on the firewall/cowl that the newer hinge sits in.

Maybe I could drill and mount a large barn door hinge? HAHAHAHA

EDIT....could take some pics and post them of how your later model 'burban's hood mounts?
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I wish it were that easy.
There is a pocket on the firewall/cowl that the newer hinge sits in.

Maybe I could drill and mount a large barn door hinge? HAHAHAHA

EDIT....could take some pics and post them of how your later model 'burban's hood mounts?
Will do, give me 10 or 15 minutes!
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They are actually hinged under the cowl. You will probably need a +82 cowl with the rest of your front end. Where and exactly they bolt to I don't know you will have to pull a cowl to get a good look...NO I AM NOT PULLING MY COWL

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Few more!

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They are actually hinged under the cowl. You will probably need a +82 cowl with the rest of your front end. Where and exactly they bolt to I don't know you will have to pull a cowl to get a good look...NO I AM NOT PULLING MY COWL
Thank you for the pics.
I knew there was some special about the cowl.
Actually, I am guessing the cowl is not that big of deal...its the firewall under cowl.
No, I will not ask that remove your cowl! LOL!

I wish someone could come up with a kit to install this later model sheet metal on older rigs.
Around me currently, there seems to be an abundant amount of later sheet metal for cheap.
All the older sheet metal has been infected by the tin worm.
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I would just fab some hinges that bolt to the fenders like the hood supports in the first pic I posted, but make it a hinge.
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I had a write up on this from before, but I cut holes in the cowl section and welded the hinges (82 clip) right into the cowl on my '76. You'll need that cowl cap piece to fill tha gap, and you'll need the wiper assembly to have wipers that work with the new cowl piece.
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