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#207701 - June 01st 2008 8:16 pm `79 parts on our `72
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Looking at a `79 parts van to salvage parts off of for our `72.

I already know the front doors will swap, but how about the rear doors and bumpers? TIA
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#207709 - June 01st 2008 8:57 pm Re: `79 parts on our `72 [Re: PolarBear2]
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All doors will work, rear bumper with brackets no problem, front not so much...
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#207748 - June 02nd 2008 12:07 am Re: `79 parts on our `72 [Re: on the road]
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Thanks!
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#219312 - July 28th 2008 11:32 am Re: `79 on our `72 Front Suspension [Re: PolarBear2]
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Looking at the front suspension on these two G20 Vans, it looks like I can swap all the `79 pieces (upper & lower control arms, spindles, disc brakes, shocks, steering linkages, tie rod ends, sway bar...etc.) on the `72. I think the only real difference is how the brake lines are run. I can just use the `72 set up as is.

Am I correct? Anybody done this? The `79 has all new control arm and sway bar bushings.

Thanks for any tips. PB2


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#220371 - August 01st 2008 8:19 pm Re: `79 on our `72 Front Suspension [Re: PolarBear2]
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The `79 inner shaft of the lower control arm is much larger than the `72. So the mounting holes for the U bolts in the `72 cross support for inner lower shaft are too close together. About 1/2" difference. Could modify the mounting points and make it work as far as I can tell.

Sway bar bushings are the same........

PB2

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#220377 - August 01st 2008 8:40 pm Re: `79 on our `72 Front Suspension [Re: PolarBear2]
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PB, would the complete crossmember swap out?
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#222763 - August 15th 2008 6:34 am Re: `79 on our `72 Front Suspension [Re: CatFish]
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It might, never really looked into doing all that.

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#223040 - August 17th 2008 8:13 pm Re: `79 on our `72 Front Suspension [Re: PolarBear2]
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ya i would say that would be the easiest
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#223152 - August 18th 2008 9:49 am Re: `79 on our `72 Front Suspension [Re: hippieluke]
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They did make a couple of minor changes to the cross member though the years.79 being a change over year there might be some differances.......

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#223162 - August 18th 2008 11:02 am Re: `79 on our `72 Front Suspension [Re: wookee]
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Yep, have decided it's not worth it......

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