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2nd/1st gen front end swap
Saturday, June 05, 2010 1:29 AM
a buddy of mine tells me that it is possible/ not even that difficult to swap the front end (bumper, hood, headlights, fenders) from a 1st gen onto a second gen. i ask this question because i have a 1st gen z24 parts car kicking around, and i have to put my '92 sunbird back together, so i was wondering has anyone done this before? and are there any tricky points? I love the look of the 1st gen front end. so any input/advise is much appreciated

Neal
pics of the donor car



and what i'd like to see it on


Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Saturday, June 05, 2010 4:10 AM
seems kinda like your starting ass-backwards here.

instead of building the sunbird, y are you not just fixing the cavalier?

also, are the rims on the cavalier up for grabs? as u said, its just a parts car!
but dunno if you need or not, considering your bird has no wheels








Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Saturday, June 05, 2010 10:45 AM
i know it seems ass backwards, but the '86 is not fixable, far too rotten, and its been written off by local public insurance. I would really like to use those rims on the bird, but as of right now, i may be open to sell for the right price :p.... keep in mind, i live in manitoba canada
Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Saturday, June 05, 2010 5:56 PM
Here be your answer . I might be mistaken, but I think this is a Canada car. Someone that knows the guy will correct me though. Very nicely done IMO.

Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Saturday, June 05, 2010 6:32 PM
very nice, kinda looks like he extended the front lid a bit too.... ok, now that i know it can be done.... is it difficult?
Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Saturday, June 05, 2010 7:28 PM
Neal Coveney wrote:

very nice, kinda looks like he extended the front lid a bit too.... ok, now that i know it can be done.... is it difficult?


Well, I picked up some '89 parts for my 1st gen. I'm doin' the referse of what you are. I'm putting the Subird flip-ups on my '86 Z. I got the whole dog house and headlight harness. Everything should bolt up with no issues. I don't think you'll run into any problems. There is a guy on V6 that put a Phase 1 doghouse on his 1st gen hatchback.
Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Saturday, June 05, 2010 7:31 PM
I want this year of Sunbird header in the corner of this pic instead of the one I have .


Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Saturday, June 05, 2010 11:10 PM
the front end of the white '90 gt? i have that one, and the full front clip of the black one still kicking around
Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Sunday, June 06, 2010 6:52 AM
Neal Coveney wrote:

the front end of the white '90 gt? i have that one, and the full front clip of the black one still kicking around


Too bad you're so far away . I'd take at least one of those doghouses off your hands .
Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Sunday, June 06, 2010 10:00 PM
lol, i'll probably have them for a while....
Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:40 PM
I'd want the flip out windows, but the $ for shipping to Allentown, PA would most likely be cost prohibitive.

USPS has the priority mail "if it fits, it costs $x", maybe if you happen to cross the border (yeah that's a long trip from Manitoba) on a trip sometime, you could send them from wherever that may be (if you're willing to sell them)?

So does your town still have the Moose playing hockey?

Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:21 PM
of course i'd be willing to sell them ..... and you really think the shipping would be that bad? they aren't exactly heavy, or big.
Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:33 AM
Yeah, if you're able to find out the cost to the 18053 zip code...

The reason I think the cost would be high is that at the yards around here I can get them both for $20, but there's also that supply problem of not too many to be found in the yards anymore.

The ones I have are perfectly fine, but they are on a Skyhawk, so they have the chrome trim instead of the black.
Re: 2nd/1st gen front end swap
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 11:22 AM
lol, well, i'll let you know when i find out
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