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    Posted: 30-March-2010 at 1:46AM
Anyone know if a '73 Torino front clip would fit on a '79 Ranchero?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-March-2010 at 6:08AM
Realistically, it depends if door skins are the same or not.
I would think it would be a direct swap, but not sure on the front frame horns?
 
Not doing the 72 front clip conversion now?
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-March-2010 at 6:20AM
Oh.....This is another possible project in the works. Just being curious because
if it come to reality, then I may keep the '73 clip for the swap if it works.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-March-2010 at 7:59AM
Fenders and doors do not match, you would have to do a whole lot of fabrication to the body panels to make it work.  Direct fits would be 1974-1979 Cougar, 1972-1976 Montego, 1977-1979 Thunderbird, 1974-1976 Gran Torino Elite.
Here is a link to a Montego front end swap on a "79 Ranchero
http://www.ranchero.us/forums/showthread.php?t=11391&highlight=montego&page=19




Here is another one


Here s a '1977-79 Ranchero with an Elite front end.


Here is a Cougar front clip on a 1977-79 Ranchero



Here is a 1978 Ranchero with a 1977-79 Thunderbird Front end


here is a Ranchero with a an Edsel front end.


Here is my favorite Ranchero front end swap, a 1970-71 Ranchero with a 1970-1971 Mercury Cyclone front end











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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-March-2010 at 8:09AM
For some reason the Thunderbird front end picture would not show in the last post.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-March-2010 at 4:15PM
That's too cool!! Love it!! What year Montego is on the 77-79? And hood?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-March-2010 at 5:39PM
Originally posted by 73GTS 73GTS wrote:

That's too cool!! Love it!! What year Montego is on the 77-79? And hood?

That is a 1973 Montego GT front end on a 1979 Ranchero in the first picture.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-March-2010 at 5:41PM
The second picture with the black Ranchero is a 1972 Montego front clip.  The bumper is different.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-March-2010 at 5:55PM
So how does the 72 bumper work? Shouldn't there be the same problem as the 72 to 73 Torino conversion. And my other question is, do you need the 73 Montego fenders too?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-March-2010 at 6:50PM
I believe the same issues when using a '72 Montego front clip on a '77-'79 Ranchero as you would have using a '72 Gran Torino/Ranchero front clip on a '73-76 Ranchero. You would have to use the front frame end of the the '72 on the '77-79 Ranchero.  You would have to swap fenders as well.

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Quote The 77-79 ranchero uses the montego body lines. so that means that you can bolt up the following front clips ( you will need complete with the fenders) 74-76 elite, cougar 73-76 montego 72 montego will work but just like doing a 72 torino on your 73-76 you will need to do some fab work on the front frame rails for the bumper mounting. also the 77-79 cougar,t-bird will bolt right up. as an added bonus you might like to know that the 72-73 montego GT hood will work very nice with the 72-76 montegos and the 74-76 cougars.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-March-2010 at 1:43AM
OK...Great info
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-March-2010 at 1:53AM
Originally posted by SquireCJ SquireCJ wrote:


Here is a Cougar front clip on a 1977-79 Ranchero

 
Nice to see the Cougars getting some love! That is a neat front end swap. I also loved the Edsel one you showed; very professional-looking and lets you see what could have been!
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-March-2010 at 6:35AM
Originally posted by SquireCJ SquireCJ wrote:

For some reason the Thunderbird front end picture would not show in the last post.

this car looks familiar!, although i like the 72 montego clip swap the best too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-March-2010 at 7:54AM
I like the Montego GT nose on the Ranchero the best,it looks Kewl!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-March-2010 at 8:16AM
I want a 74-76  Montego nose on my 78 Cougar :)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31-March-2010 at 9:26AM
Originally posted by Psquare75 Psquare75 wrote:

I want a 74-76  Montego nose on my 78 Cougar :)

I want a 74-76 Cougar clip on my Montego
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01-April-2010 at 2:11PM
sounds like you 2 need to get together and swap clips.
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