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Old 01-11-2018, 06:42 PM
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1989 to 1996 front end conversion.

I just recently bought a 1989 e350 van and I was wondering has anyone swapped the front end off their 1975-1991 to a 1992-2014 front end? I really don't like the way my front end looks. Please let me know of its possible. Thanks
 
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:01 PM
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You can try, if your a auto body guy, fenders,hood, core support, radiator, all bezels and degree changes from motor and heater core. Batt location, frame mounts, to bumper, or are you just waning the front grill? Its the same alot of cutting and making it fit. It can be done.
 
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by wizzy214 View Post
You can try, if your a auto body guy, fenders,hood, core support, radiator, all bezels and degree changes from motor and heater core. Batt location, frame mounts, to bumper, or are you just waning the front grill? Its the same alot of cutting and making it fit. It can be done.
Yes I want the whole front clip. What do you mean by engine degree changes?
 
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Like hood mounts, you may have to modify hood for clearance,
you could leave stock fenders and cut those to fit.
post a pic of yours and a pic of what u want it like. So we all get a better idea.
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You are in for a whole world of hurt trying to do that. There is nothing between the two body styles that are the same. It will take a whole lot of custom fabrication. And when you finish it will still look cobbled together. The 92+ front clip just won't look good on the 75-91 body shell. The 75-91's have more squared off bodies. So all the body panels/lines are different.

I hate to say this because I can't stand when people tell me not to do something I want. But If you really want the 92+ front clip I would suggest selling your 89 and just buy a 92+ van. That way you get the van with the looks you like and you don't ruin a third gen Econoline. There are a whole lot of people out there that prefer the 91 and older Econolines ( including me ) . And I own a 89 & a 96.
 
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Old 01-13-2018, 05:22 PM
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I hated the grille on my'90 , but loved the billet grille I put on my '93 but no one makes anything for a '90 so I did some modifying to a '90 F150 grille.


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Old 01-13-2018, 05:28 PM
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I hated the grille on my'90 , but loved the billet grille I put on my '93 but no one makes anything for a '90 so I did some modifying to a '90 F150 grille.
Are those solid aluminum bars? Or are they square tubes?
 
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Old 01-13-2018, 07:21 PM
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Solid, a good study grill.
 
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