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View Poll Results: 73-77 vs 78-79 grill. Which do you prefer.
73-77 grill 221 60.55%
78-79 grill 144 39.45%
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:19 PM
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My 2 cent's I have a 1978 super cab 4x4 dana 60's front and rear which now has a 77 grill in it!!! never cared for the 78/79 looked like a large mouth bass driving down the road just my opinion
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If I had to order my favorite grille years for all trucks, I'd say:

1. Ford 1973-1975
2. Ford 1976-1977
3. Ford 1970-1972
4. Ford 1978-1979
5. All others

It's odd though, because I was a kid when most of these were new, and as a kid, I loved the 78-79 grille the best, so my first vehicle was a 1979 F-100. As the years rolled by, I became more of a 73-75 guy, so now I have a 1974 F-250.

Hopefully in reviving this thread, there'll be more people in the poll.
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:05 AM
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Thanks for digging this thread up zerfetzen.

I have to go with 78-79.

I used to be die hard 78-79 with the square lights. But when I... uh.. was forced to redo my truck, I kept the round lights off the 2wd body I got for my 4x4 frame. I think it turned out well.

If I do a street truck in these years I think I will go with the square lights again.

Still like the other years too, but 78-79 is all me
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I don't think I can decide I had a 76 f150 2wd 360 auto and now I have a 79 f250 400 4sp and I love the look of em both. This is a tough one!!!
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thats a hard decision! i think the 73-77 front end has a more classic look to it, but the 78-79 one looks more robust and intimidating, but most or the tow trucks in these parts have them, so thats an undecided from me.

was thinking about putting the 78-79 front on my truck, suggestions?

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My 2 cent's I have a 1978 super cab 4x4 dana 60's front and rear which now has a 77 grill in it!!! never cared for the 78/79 looked like a large mouth bass driving down the road just my opinion
For sure...im a 76-77 grille fan for life since a kid!!!73-5 make me just think Uncle Jesse
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Personally, I'd opt for the 78-79 grille, but I have three reasons for that preference...
1: I own a 79 (Buford)
2: When I was a kid, my uncle had a 79, and my building Buford is sort of my retarded way of keeping him around.
3: I found an original 78-79 grille shell for sale that was still in the box from Ford...you bet your booty I'm stickin with the 79!

Besides, I've always liked that pissed off wide mouth bass look anyway. My only caveat to this is that the insert has to be black...I like the contrast. The silver inserts just don't do much for me. Just my $0.02
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I have a 73 that is per fect and I am replacing it with a 79 so I better vote 79.

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The reason that more of us like the round lights...is that the design of the 78/79 is quite problematic. Just look at area immediately around the rectangle shape of the light itself and you'll see that the designers had to compromise the tin work to fit and "fill in" the area around the light. I always remember thinking when that style came out back then, that Ford tried to make the grille look bigger and badder by buldging out the sides. Let's face it, the 78/79 just isn't symmetrically pleasing when viewed from an engineering point of view.
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73-77 for me, my first truck was a blue 76 step-side. Ever since then I have been hooked on them. In fact it is one of the first changes I plan on making to my 79 step side.
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thats a hard decision! i think the 73-77 front end has a more classic look to it, but the 78-79 one looks more robust and intimidating, but most or the tow trucks in these parts have them, so thats an undecided from me.

was thinking about putting the 78-79 front on my truck, suggestions?

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My suggestion is don't change the grill. That is a great looking truck just like it sits.
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:25 AM
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I have a 73 that is per fect and I am replacing it with a 79 so I better vote 79.

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Is that perfect 73 grill for sale?
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I agree with everyone, But if I had to choose it would be (in this order)
'76-'77
'73-'75
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'78-'79
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I'm partial to the 76-77 grill, and always have been, but that is probably because the first vehicle I ever drove was my dad's '76 highboy. In fact, I like the grill so much that I swapped my '79 2wd to a '77 grille. For some reason, I don't like the '78-79 grilles at all in a 2wd truck, but I think they look ok on a 4wd, hence the reason I left the stock grill in my '79 F350. I think it also looks tough with the blacked-out grille and headlight bezels. It's days may be numbered, though as I already have an early grille shell and '76-77 inserts ready to swap in. It just has so many more issues that I need to address before I do a grill swap that it kinda gets lower priority.
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I can't answer the poll directly either, I have to sepperate it into ranges.

Of the 73-77, I like he 73-75 the best, and honestly till seeing that style on this board, had never seen it before... but am glad i did. Its cleaner, simpler, not as busy.

I don't dislike the 76/77, in fact its whats on the truck i grew up with, and is the style I associate with these trucks the most... Also the style i see the most of up here.

Its funny too, I've been around that one all my life, and then got my other 76 and it took me 2 months to realize that its the exact same grill... The center most grill area are different colors, and its a totally different look. Neither better or worse, just different.

I would have loved to seen the 76/77 style with square headlights... would be killer. I might end up modifying an insert set and trying that...

And as to the 78/79, I like it in its own right, its cleaner, less busy than the 76/77, but i only really like it in square lights.... it just looks like a wrong half step with round lights... the round lights in fully seperated square openings is out of place to me. I'm also not sure of the grill itself, the large open holes... Nothing really against it, but... I don't yet know what would be an improvement, thus keeping it on my bronco, but it doesn't agree with me 100%.

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