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Are the cabs, fenders swappable between a 1975 and 1980?

Discussion in 'Paint and Body' started by Doug Stokes, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Doug Stokes

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    I have an old truck that I inherited from my Dad. It was his 'mountain truck'. I would like to bring it back to life and have found a 1980 1500 that I was wondering how well it would fit on my frame. On the flip side, if the cab won't fit on my frame, would my axles, etc, fit on it's frame?
     
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    Same body and fenders will swap from 73-80. 81 was where GM change the front clip. Some fabrication work would have to be completed for the clip to work properly.
     
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    Thank you very much, sir.
     
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    BTW, Welcome to the site.
     
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    There are many differences as far as the electrical components go, but if you are just using the cab itself, it's the same. The biggest difference that I can think of is the hole in the dash for the wiper switch is in a very slightly different location. Nothing that can't be overcome with a dremel.
     
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    Dad's truck was a total basket case. It wouldn't be bad to use everything inside the cab. I just want to make it look like his. With a few mods, of course, like a flatbed. Thanks.
     
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    Yes. 73-80 should be the same, I'm over after 1974 only minor changes. But if you were trying to put a 81+ front clip on a 73-80 you would have to completely change everything, Core Support, Inners, etc... I think even the Rubber Mounts.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    I've found a front clip and box off the frame. Does anybody know how much they weigh?
     
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    Depends on how complete they are. Both can be easily moved around by two people.
     
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    Entire front clip, fenders, hood, cab with seat, and doors. And then the box.
     
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    The bed is in the neighborhood of 300 pounds, depending on length, stepside or fleetside and whether or not there's a tailgate. Front clip is a couple hundred I'd say, with the radiator too. I don't know about the cab.
     
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    There were some gotchas between 73 & 80.

    73, & IIRC 74, used a smaller bulkhead electrical plug.

    78-80 used a different wiper switch and wiper motor than the earlier rigs.
     
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    Damn that detail devil! :flame:

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