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    Posted: 28-September-2017 at 8:20PM
I know there are differences in other places, but I am wondering if the actual sheet metal is the same. Not fenders, hood, etc, but the main body.
Thinking of options other than repairing the floors and quarters on mine and need to know what I can and can't do. A body swap might be easier in the long run. Or even finding a donor floor.

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72 -76 body  torino -  ranchero  === firewall floors all the same,
GET IT GOT IT GONE !!!!!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rockatansky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-October-2017 at 3:10AM
there's an inner fender support mounting bracket that changed along the line, early 73 may be the same as 72 but late 73 may be the same as 74? the early style uses a separate L shaped bracket in the door hinge are and the later style has a built in tab off the inner fender brace, the bolt holes in the firewall / shroud / A pillar bulkhead are in different places IIRC
 
kind of minor compared to swapping shells
 
with all this talk of floor metal i got to looking at Dynacorn products. if the exhaust system for a Chevelle works on Torino maybe the floor metal can work too?
El Camino for Ranchero?
 
but yeah guys are using early Mustang pans, easy to source. starting with a search term 'floor pan' got it down to 6 pages
 


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72 GT Ute
   
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Don't know about the quarters, but would the floors from a 77-79 LTD/Cougar/T-bird work?  From what I understand, the frames are near identical.  Maybe the floors too?
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far as i know floors are the same just the wagons and 4 dr's are a little longer
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote russosborne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-December-2017 at 9:48PM
Thanks guys.

I was really asking about the whole body, not just the floor. I was thinking it might be easier to just do a body swap. Guess I phrased the question poorly.
Although it doesn't matter at this point, just doing the floor I hope. John, still waiting for the shipping price. Embarrassed

Not sure why I didn't see the replies before.

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Good luck!Thumbs Up
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Stop complaining and start welding!

Making New floor is always easyer than doing a body swap! !
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russ, sorry Embarrassed been sick for the last week and a half CryAngry but i'll work on getting it figured out over the weekend trying to find huge cardboard boxes for these big  parts is a pain but my buddy has a couple big boxes from xmas items, saved for me Wink but i did get the long passenger pan cut down for easier shipping Wink these big parts are killin' me LOL i still have to get a hood to alex soon too Embarrassed
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Originally posted by russosborne russosborne wrote:

Thanks guys.

I was really asking about the whole body, not just the floor. I was thinking it might be easier to just do a body swap. Guess I phrased the question poorly.
Although it doesn't matter at this point, just doing the floor I hope. John, still waiting for the shipping price. Embarrassed

Not sure why I didn't see the replies before.

Russ

If you're talking about swapping a Torino body for a Ranchero body (or vice versa), the frame is different between Torino and Ranchero behind the axle so the body's won't swap unless you section the rear frame to match the new body as well.
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Nope, Ranchero for Ranchero.
But at this point fixing what I have is the only option besides scrapping it. Don't have the extra income to play with anymore.
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