70-73 rear Quarters grafted onto a 77?

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  1. birdnherd64

    birdnherd64 New Member

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    Hi,

    My son and I are working on a '77 Camaro we bought for him to be able to Rally Race.

    It was a non-descript 3speed column shift auto V8 I bought from the original owner in Los Angeles. We're well into the CPP Stage III Brake/Suspension Kit install. Not too happy with CPPs customer support, but that's a different discussion...

    After watching "Gearz" this season and seeing the easy swap to the 70-73 split bumper front end, I started think about converting the look of the entire car to the 70-73 style (except for the rear glass, as I do prefer the increased visibility of the 74-up models.

    My question is in regards to the rear quarters. Are the rear sections of the quarter panels close enough that I could graft a set of 70-73 replacement panels to my '77? I would also be replacing the rear lower valance and the tail light panel at the same time.

    I appreciate your help.

    Don
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    Just do the rear valence and tail lights. It'll look just like the 70_73 and no one will ever notice the different window/quarter panel line. Jmho.
     
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    that would be terrific. My (untrained) eye thought that the different valance and tail light panel required a different quarter panel shape in that area. I will be a much easier process if all I need to do is drill out spot welds, align and install the new sheet metal.
     
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    There is some difference in the quarter due to the wrap around tail light that the earlier tail light panel won't cover.
     
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    So my eye was better than I thought (sadly). OK, so back to my hope that the front part of my '77 rear quarter will have similar lines and will blend into the rear portion of a 70-73 rear panel.
     
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    The quarter is the same except for the tail light wrap and window. The body line, wheel well, and truck opening are the same. The only variation is the panel variations over the years from the factory.
     
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    Fantastic!! A lot of careful cutting and fitting and some quality time with my TIG and I'm on my way to the '72 body of my Dreams! Thanks for the info!!
     
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    I have all the parts to do the same thing to my 75 and hope to start on it within the next few weeks.
    I will post pics and updates and any info you gather along the way would be helpful.
    So far my parts list is
    Tail panel
    Tail support panel
    full trunk pan
    trunk drop offs
    1 piece low spoiler
     
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    Wow 75Maro, that would be fantastic. I really look forward to any pics, tips etc. you can provide.

    I'm finishing up a six month work assignment in Woburn, MA an will be getting back home the end of next month. I am so looking forward to building my Camaro!
     
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    As promised here are the pics.
    We started by measuring out the most minimally invasive part of the quarter panel possible. (FYI nothing about this conversion is minimally invasive). Then we cut the quarters and removed the center section. There is no real step by step on this just take your time and use large hammers and pry bars and be prepare to cut a ton of spot welds.
    Next we cut out the trunk pan leaving a rough 1" border to attach the new pan to. I will update as we progress but it may be awhile as I travel for work every week.
     

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