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Offline 4milefirebirds

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1972 Trans Am clone/recreation
« on: July 30, 2019, 08:57:54 PM »
I've got a 1976 (originally 455) four speed Trans Am. Original 455 is long gone. Trying to make it a 1972 Trans Am clone/recreation. At least the front of the car. Already have an original 1972 endura bumper/ nose, grilles, lower steel valance, and headlight trim. Trying to verify what else is necessary to make this happen. Radiator support? Fenders? Correct bumper brackets??? Sorry to any purists but I love the look of the 1970-1973 Firebirds. They're getting very difficult to find or just way to expensive to buy one. Or people want a fortune for a rotting carcass of an incomplete rust bucket.  Any help is welcome. Thank you.

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Re: 1972 Trans Am clone/recreation
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2019, 06:07:58 AM »
Call it a 76 with 72 nose. It's not a clone or recreation.

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Re: 1972 Trans Am clone/recreation
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2019, 06:17:38 PM »
Thanks for correcting my terminology. But that doesn't answer any of my questions.

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Re: 1972 Trans Am clone/recreation
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2019, 08:57:36 PM »
It was a free bump. This forum can be very quiet.

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Re: 1972 Trans Am clone/recreation
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2019, 10:25:39 PM »
You would need the correct core support , bumper brackets, hood, etc etc...fenders can be used. Lot of work involved...
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Re: 1972 Trans Am clone/recreation
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2019, 08:58:51 PM »
Regarding my 1976 Trans Am. I was under the impression that the hood will work. The radiator core support is usually advertised as 1970-72 and 73-76. Can't find any listings for the bumper mounting brackets or headlight buckets. Do all 1970-76 Firebirds use the same buckets? All share the same 7" round headlights.? I was thinking about ordering the Fisher Body manuals from Classic Industries next week for the 1976 and the 1972 Firebirds. Anybody out there know if these manuals contain all the information I will need to make this swap easier? Detailed information and pictures would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Next year's project will be getting my 1978 Formula 350 Firebird on the road. Picked it up for $600 last year.  I WILL be putting in a 1972 Pontiac 350 that came in my 1976 (originally 455 four speed car) it ran pretty good. Thinking of just freshening it up and dropping it in the 78. Will also be converting it to 4 speed manual. Already have a Super T-10 and the pedals and a full Hurst set up.

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Re: 1972 Trans Am clone/recreation
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2019, 09:08:59 PM »
Aus78Formula. Thank you for the "free bump". You weren't kidding this forum is VERY quiet. Seems quite a few people have read my post but I haven't received any useful information regarding my 1976 with a 1972 "nose" swap.

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Re: 1972 Trans Am clone/recreation
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2019, 10:11:54 PM »
Yes, even straight forward questions go without reply so either need patience or to post elsewhere!

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Re: 1972 Trans Am clone/recreation
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2019, 08:34:55 AM »
You are correct. ..hood remains the same 70-76.
I need to make sure my eyes are open when I post ;)
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Re: 1972 Trans Am clone/recreation
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2019, 07:36:41 PM »
If there is anybody out there.? Just received my 17"9" Snowflake wheels from Classic Industries. Black. Apparently they're were a lot of issues with these wheels in the past. Mainly with porosity and finish. Mine look pretty awesome. Couple of very tiny pits , but overall very nice. So small that you would have to be within a foot or two to even see them. Less than a millimeter. Apparently they have improved the quality.

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Re: 1972 Trans Am clone/recreation
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2019, 09:31:00 PM »
Did they supply centring rings with them?

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Re: 1972 Trans Am clone/recreation
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2019, 08:37:12 PM »
Sorry about the slow response. No.
 I was under the impression that they were ready to install. Haven't tried to install yet. I guess I should trial fit . I will try to put one on this weekend.