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Dodge grill swap - 73-79 on an 81 #767949 11/29/2020 9:16 PM
by Iyan
Hi everyone, just looking for some insight into this question here. I have an 81 B150 with a pretty hideous (but totally intact) plastic grille, rectangular headlights and turn signals, and so on. I'd really like to swap it for a 73-79 tradesman grille with the round headlights, but am not sure how involved of a project this would be. I can get some measurements up for the grille area on my van if that would be helpful, and if anybody happens to have measurements on hand for the 73-79 grille that would be great too. Thanks again, yall, can't wait to show off my van here!

Added some photos here, along with measurements:

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Side panel is 4" wide on top, 5" wide on bottom, about 14" high both vertically on the corner and on the diagonal end piece.

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Front is 13 1/8" high all across and 76" wide.
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Re: Dodge grill swap - 73-79 on an 81 #768137 Dec 2nd a 05:21 PM
by Lee7673
On my 77 I added quad lights off of a mid 80's Dodge....and then covered them up with a phantom grill. Still get an amazing amount of light through the grill.

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Re: Dodge grill swap - 73-79 on an 81 #770143 Jan 25th a 06:40 PM
by NateB
Originally Posted by dat521
I have a 79 b200 rv van and It has round single headlights but a cheesy plastic grill setup i want to change the grill but want to keep the single headlights what does anyone recommend

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