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Old 02-06-2016, 08:37 AM   #1
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So I'm curious. I had a guy contact me about trading his car mentioned above for a Trans Am I have. Down side is he says the front frame rails aprons and basically entire clip from firewall forward has to be replaced from a wreck. I've heard that 1980 granada spindles will work to upgrade the brakes so I was wondering if the fender aprons frame rails and the like will work also? The car comes with a 351w and c4 and with its original 289 and transmission. So any advice would be great.
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What year trans am? If we're talking about a classic I'd be more inclined to keep it since they are more rare.

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To be fair, I've never looked closely at the sheet metal on a Granada. That being said, I'd be willing to bet a lot of money there is no way the front clips are remotely interchangeable.

What would be your plan with the 64.5? If your looking to flip it, I'd walk away. If you want a project, it could be fun. The 64.5 shares the majority of its parts with the 65...someone who knows more than me could tell you if that includes the front clip. I know some of the front body panels in the headlight area are different, but it's possible the metal it's hung on is the same.

If they are the same (and possibly even if they aren't), I'd bet you could find most of what you need from a donor car - there have to be a few rear ended Mustangs lying around. Certainly you can get the parts new if you want to as well.
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Get a national Parts depot catalog, They will probably have everything you will need.
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To be fair, I've never looked closely at the sheet metal on a Granada. That being said, I'd be willing to bet a lot of money there is no way the front clips are remotely interchangeable.

What would be your plan with the 64.5? If your looking to flip it, I'd walk away. If you want a project, it could be fun. The 64.5 shares the majority of its parts with the 65...someone who knows more than me could tell you if that includes the front clip. I know some of the front body panels in the headlight area are different, but it's possible the metal it's hung on is the same.

If they are the same (and possibly even if they aren't), I'd bet you could find most of what you need from a donor car - there have to be a few rear ended Mustangs lying around. Certainly you can get the parts new if you want to as well.
ditto on the feeling, plus one will find a major problem in the left frame rail. that problem is the stamped in VIN ,any alteration to it like cutting it out and welding back in can bring on major problems with the long arm of johnny law.
if the OP is willing to spend some time he can check with auto metal direct, or one of the other producers of good quality repro metal parts he can find what fits, but from a Granada is very doubtful.
going to disc brakes there are several kits out to convert it over
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If the frame rails are really borked I'd be inclined to walk away. If it was just the sheet metal that was bad I'd feel better about it.
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The inner aprons are 25$ish each, radiator core support is I think 50$is without the frame connector at the front. Then you have shock towers, not sure what they go for, if they need to be replaced. I'm assuming your trading project for project? Then, replacing a front clip is do able, if you have the skills, time and equipment. And it be a relatively "easy job"
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