RS header panel on non-RS car?

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  1. vintagecarenthusiast

    vintagecarenthusiast Member

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    I keep seeing RS header panels or maybe custom header panels on non-RS cars but I have never been able to find a build thread or any information about it. Will an RS header panel fit on a non-RS car? Or are the pictures of cars that have both sets of parking lights custom metal work fabricated from a standard header panel? If it does fit then could I mount an RS bumper to the header panel and valance?

    camaro with both sets of parking lights.jpg camaro rs not rs.jpg rs not rs 2.jpeg
     
  2. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy LS Swapped 1971 Camaro

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    I am pretty those cars are using standard headers with the RS parking lights welded in the RS spot..basically cut up a RS panel and weld away

    RS bumperettes will fit a standard front end...it's a popular mod among some camaro owners...and instantly becomes an option GM never offered new...The Split Bumper Camaro.

    You'll see that term thrown around a lot on the web...especially in a car ad to try and drive the value up
     
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  3. vintagecarenthusiast

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    Okay. So if I love the look of both sets of parking lights then I could probably get are skilled welder to combine an non rs panel and rs panel .... but at that point I'm probably throwing good money that could just be spent on a full rs conversion kit.
     
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    But then you still don't have the banana lights under the bumper. Probably cheaper to add the RS lights.
     
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    I read where someone had shown how they made that setup with pictures, I think it was in one of the hotrod magazines. But I think it looks weird with two sets of driving lights, if I did it I would remove the lower lights and round the metal to make it look like it never had lower lights
     
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    IIRC,
    Chip Fose did this like 15 years ago on an overhauling show. He took a standard header and cut it out for the RS lights.
     
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  9. vintagecarenthusiast

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    I agree about removing the lowers. I don't hate the lower parking lights with the uppers but if it was bolt on I would just replace the lower valance. Are the brackets and mounting areas for the header panel and valance different on a stock RS car? The previous owner already put split bumpers on mine. If I bought the header panel and lower valance would that bolt on?
     
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    I'd love to find this video. My brief search couldn't find it but I'll do a bit more digging later.
     

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