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Old 11-25-2016, 06:54 PM
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Body part compatibility between '77 & '79

Donor Truck: 1979 F100 Ranger Lariat 2WD 351M C6
Receiving Truck: 1977 F150 Explorer 4X4 400M auto (not sure which transmission).

Parts to move from donor to receiver:
351m
Front clip
Bed (The bed on the '77 receiving truck has some rust on the fender flares, the '77 donor truck has no rust there)


So , will the 1979 front clip attach to the 1977 frame? Will the 351m bolt in where the 400m used to live? Can I patch out the '77 rear fenders with the '79 rear fenders?


I own the '79 donor truck now. The engine runs like a scalded dog. The tailgate is busted and the inside of the bed is shot. I think the previous owner hauled fertilizer in it. But the fenders are awesome. There is rust on the passenger door of the '79 donor. I asked him how much for the doors from the '79 receiver (he would only sell them together) and he wants $200 and he wants $600 for the bed on the '77 receiver. And he wants $1,100 for the whole body so I thought maybe I'd buy the '77, and from the '79 I already own I would drop in the 351m and attach the front clip and the bed and patch the rust spots with the '79 fenders.


I'm supposed to go look at the '77 receiver truck this weekend, so any help is appreciated.




FYI: Here is the CL ad for the '77 I'm looking at: Ford Truck 1977 4x4
 
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Old 11-25-2016, 07:46 PM
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The grill and headlight bucket attachments are different, but from what I've read here, it's still not too big of a deal to swap them out.
 
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351M...400 basically the same motor on the outside. So you should have no problem with the swap and if the 400 is an auto, I am sure its a C-6 too.

Are you swapping the COMPLETE 79 front clip (all outer parts AND core support) It should swap right over. The core support for a 77 has the headlight buckets in different spots versus the 79. But all it is a redrill. I would leave the complete front clip assembled and swap it as one complete unit.

Bed...do you have a have a gas flap on the 77? If so, the bed will swap right over, easy enough.
 
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:06 PM
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Ok, the '77 is down to the frame in front. Is it possible to unbolt the whole clip like that and move it?

I'm only considering this because of the 4wd. My plan has been to put a new bed on, patch the passenger door and put in an Ox Locker rear end. But I'm having a real time finding a bed.
 
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Yes it is. 2 can do it, 3 people makes it better, but 4 is the best. One and an engine puller will work too. You can always make a flat bed till you locate a good regular one.

Front clip removal walk thru. https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...l#post14696880
 
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Wow, thanks! That flatbed looks AWESOME.
 
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There are tons of different ways to make a flat bed....I am putting an al steel flat bed on ol red when it's done.

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...ight=flat+beds

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Are you swapping the COMPLETE 79 front clip (all outer parts AND core support) It should swap right over.

The core support for a 77 has the headlight buckets in different spots versus the 79. But all it is a redrill. I would leave the complete front clip assembled and swap it as one complete unit.
1978/79 core support with rectangular headlamps (D8TZ-16138-A) is dished inwards where the headlamp buckets fit.

1973/79's with round headlamps use the same radiator supports, but there are TWO different types. Super Cooling radiator support has a larger opening radius.

1973/79 4WD's use a different left fender inner apron than 2WD's.
 
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And that is why I said SHOULD and not WILL. Still sounds like a doable swap IMO. And like I said if he is swapping the complete clip WITH core support the difference in that is not an issue.


Ok so you have to swap the one inner fenderwell, and maybe make some radiator brackets, thanks and now we know.
 
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Thank you, guys. Is the inner fender fix as simple as cutting the fender and welding in a piece that allows space for the transfer case (or whatever in in the way)?
 
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I would say no need to weld anything, just unbolt and swap out the 2wd for the 4wd ones? Part #16054 if I am correct?

Here is some other diagrams to help out.
 
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Originally Posted by 77&79F250 View Post
I would say no need to weld anything, just unbolt and swap out the 2wd for the 4wd ones?

Basic part #16054 for the pictured right side.
Left side (not shown in pic) is basic part #16055
 
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Yes I got that, I figure the Op could figure it out too. We are not chasing criticial part #'s, just getting the OP in the ball park. Thanks for the actual part#...what no locations to find one to go with it? lol
 
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Thank you guys. I really appreciate the help. I am on meds from a recent motorcycle accident and I need all the help I can get.
 
 
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