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#726080 - July 24th 2017 10:33 pm 82 grill change to 77???  
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Hi I'm a newbie here.. I've seen the posts on what it takes to change the grills from the square headlights to the older 70s style.. fenders, radiator header support, bumpers... but what about the early 80s vans with the round headlights and swapping grills?? Do you still have to change fenders etc...??

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#726081 - July 24th 2017 10:42 pm Re: 82 grill change to 77??? [Re: FREECNDY]  
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Any help would be much appreciated thanks

#726090 - July 25th 2017 12:02 pm Re: 82 grill change to 77??? [Re: FREECNDY]  
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These are the most commonly asked questions on this site.
I don't know what all it takes to go from early 80s to 70s, but I gave up on doing my '92 because of lack of information, costs, and parts availability.

I sure wish I could help... I'd do a write up and we'd all have 70s grilles. LOL


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#726091 - July 25th 2017 1:31 pm Re: 82 grill change to 77??? [Re: FREECNDY]  
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Originally Posted by FREECNDY
Do you still have to change genders etc...??


Vanners are a pretty accepting bunch and I don't think any of us are into social reprogramming. You should only change your gender if you really really think you need to. We accept everyone as they are and welcome them.

#726096 - July 25th 2017 3:46 pm Re: 82 grill change to 77??? [Re: FREECNDY]  
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Originally Posted by FREECNDY
Do you still have to change genders etc...??


I believe he meant to say ...
Do you still have to change the fenders .....lol

But either way welcome to the site !


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#726097 - July 25th 2017 3:49 pm Re: 82 grill change to 77??? [Re: Reed]  
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Originally Posted by Reed
Originally Posted by FREECNDY
Do you still have to change genders etc...??

Vanners are a pretty accepting bunch and I don't think any of us are into social reprogramming. You should only change your gender if you really really think you need to. We accept everyone as they are and welcome them.


My fault... lol I meant fenders good sir.. guess I really should of proof read thanks though

#726099 - July 25th 2017 3:53 pm Re: 82 grill change to 77??? [Re: FREECNDY]  
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I figured that's what you meant, I was just joking around.


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#726100 - July 25th 2017 3:54 pm Re: 82 grill change to 77??? [Re: FREECNDY]  
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I'm embarrassed that I didn't catch that.
(I saw it, but just as a typo, not a joke opportunity.)

Special thanks go to Reed for not letting me down though. lol


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#726110 - July 25th 2017 11:41 pm Re: 82 grill change to 77??? [Re: Reed]  
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From what I've found it looks like the swap would be too extensive.. just haven't found a round headlight 80s grill swapped back to 70s .. was just wondering if it were easyer considering it appears that the headlights/ front turning signals appear the same, and just the grill being different.. im sure I'm probably wrong, but someone's got to know..
where's the vanning veterans at???

#726124 - July 26th 2017 12:09 pm Re: 82 grill change to 77??? [Re: FREECNDY]  
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They're around here somewhere... If anyone here knows, they sure keep quiet about it.

We need to get a bunch of vans together, take the grilles off, and document the differences.
That would at least give us a good starting point for making a write-up (Which is badly needed).
I guess most people who have done it just jumped in, changed what was necessary, and then were glad it was done.

In your case, I agree that those years are pretty similar, and since they are also close together in model years the changes might be very small.

There was a guy on here recently that actually had two vans that he wanted to do the swap with (I don't remember the years).
He was asking what he needed to change, but I thought he had more information at his disposal than we have here.
I told him he should take them apart and look at them, or show us, or do the swap and document it.
...but I haven't seen any follow up yet.


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