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Username Post: Converting a Chevelle front end to a Laguna        (Topic#334743)
Rougeot13 
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Reg: 04-12-16
04-12-16 06:58 AM - Post#2621104    


Hey all so I have a 1977 Chevelle Malibu and am in the process of installing a 1973 Laguna front end. The problem I am running Ito is the noes doesn't line up with the hood and the gap between the fenders and the nose tight at the bottom and open at the top, and I cannot seem to get the top to slide in any farther.

So if anyone has done one of these before or know anything more about them I would greatly appreciate any advice.

Thanks



 
Limey SE 
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04-13-16 03:49 AM - Post#2621305    
    In response to Rougeot13

  • Rougeot13 Said:

Hey all so I have a 1977 Chevelle Malibu and am in the process of installing a 1973 Laguna front end. The problem I am running Ito is the noes doesn't line up with the hood and the gap between the fenders and the nose tight at the bottom and open at the top, and I cannot seem to get the top to slide in any farther.

So if anyone has done one of these before or know anything more about them I would greatly appreciate any advice.

Thanks


I Have done this before, Do you have the 73 only shocks for the 73 Laguna Nose you won't be able use the regular Malibu shocks, And put shock's on Nose first and then insert them into the holes in frame(I would use a Floor Jack if by your self under License plate area with a shirt on Jackpad)

As far as Lining up you kinda Have to push the side's of fender's in at same time as pushing the Pins through the fender holes (pins on Nose) on each side. Dont tighten Up all nuts on the pins as you need to shift it some back and forth.



 
Rougeot13 
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04-16-16 07:26 AM - Post#2622053    
    In response to Limey SE

Hey thanks for the reply, the nose I have is complete with all the shocks I was able to get it mounted up and all the pins to slide in but my problem now is that the gap between the fenders and the nose looks terrible and the gap between the hood and the nose is even worse. It seems like there is something keeping the nose from sliding all the way in. Being that it's a 77 would there be any difference in the fenders on a 77 compared to a 73?



 
Roadcaptain S3 
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Reg: 05-13-09
04-16-16 11:02 AM - Post#2622104    
    In response to Rougeot13

I remember this guy saying that there were some differences in the 77 fenders and recommending trying to find earlier fenders before trying it.
There are some"ridges" on both the nose and 77 fenders that have to be ground down to marry the nose well.

Either way, this is a good guide and ECC has a few other threads on the subject that are very helpful.

This is pretty much a thread where a guy was doing a total resto on a 77 elky, the link below starts with the nose towards the bottom.

http://www.elcaminocentral.com/showthread.php?t=10...

"Mayhem's" words on the subject:



"Of course, the biggest problem is trying to get all the pieces to marry up just right - fenders, hood and Laguna nose. One piece of advise I can give to anyone considering this conversion is to make sure you get both front fenders from the same car that the Laguna nose came from - it'll make fitment to the car MUCH easier. I'll go into more detail on this later...."

"Gun down on my gasoline, I believe I'm gonna crack a head"

Plant, Page 1975

1977 Chevelle Malibu Classic


Edited by Roadcaptain S3 on 04-16-16 11:13 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
FluidmotionA9 
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10-03-17 09:50 AM - Post#2709638    
    In response to Limey SE

You seem pretty knowledgeable about this whole conversion. So I have a 76 Malibu (Base Model) and I have a 74 S3 Laguna front end that I am trying to put on, it doesn't have the sloped front so what kind of differences am I looking at besides what you have mentioned here?



 
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