Can i change a front panel of a 79 malibu with a 82 el camino

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Can i change a 79 malibu front with a 82 elcamino

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  1. Lima Beaner

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    Can i change a 79 Malibu front with a 82 EL camino front having issues finding the head light bezels for 79 only the right side
     
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    85ss/85gn Apprentice

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    Fenders are different for 82-87
     
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    So i can use 80 or 81? Im finding part easier for 81 then 79
     
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    Rob-Legacy1 Not-quite-so-new-guy

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    Yes you can , but you won't have side marker lights . IMHO I think it looks better like that.
     
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    pagrunt Royal Smart Person

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    You can put '82 up header panels on '78-'81 fenders but you can not put '78-'81 header panels on '82 up fenders because they don't have the "pocket" for the older headers side marker lights. Another note is the '82 up rad supports have a bigger opening in the area behind the headlights. Not sure if it was cause of the new header or another G body need that change.
     
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    I'm looking to get my 81 elcamino front clip swapped to a 78. I like that Monte Carlo look.
     
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    zdeckich Master Mechanic

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    Where you located? I have a 80/81 header panel on my 78 malibu and would like to do a 78/79 header panel.
     
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    That would be great if you guys can work out a trade.

    Lima, the only other thing you'd need for the quad headlight header panel conversion, would be the wiring harness...or you can modify the one you have by adding additional sockets, etc.

    Pagrunt pretty much summed it up in a nutshell. The radiator support can be enlarged to accept the quad headlight configuration. So, no need to replace that, unless yours is rusty.
     
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