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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone ever swapped out a 70 front clip to a 69?

I know dimensionality they will fit, but I'm wanting to know if and how much modifications need to be done? I have no problems with minor mods, but I don't want to "butcher" the front of a vintage stang just to get what I want. I'm especially concerned with the headlight buckets..or "fender extensions" if they are a bolt on to a 1970 fender? I've ordered all the parts I thought I'd need from CJpony parts, (over 1k) My jeep is on the lift and will be for some time, I was reading a post on here tonight that was about CJpony and there customer satisfaction, stated their return policy is 60 days, I know this swap can be done.. or has, but I'd really like to know if anyone here has done it and what to expect

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WAIT?!? You are wanting to change a 69 front to a 70 front? SACRILEGE!

I think I may have misinterpreted your plans (I hope)...carry on!!

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No just the opposite, a 70 cip to a 69
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Years ago I'd considered changing my 69 front end to mimic the 70, cuz I thought it looked really cool, but, 69 was the ONLY year with 4 headlights, so I'm good... and I'm not referring to the Shelbys like the one Nick Cage drove in the "remake", so give me some slack... 65-68: two headlights, 70-73: two headlights... 69: 4 headlights.
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The grey Stang is a 70 with a 69 clip, found the pic online, so I know it can happen, the red 70 in the garage is mine, I'm just hoping someone out there can tell me the major mods to make it happen, that will determine if I send parts back.
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No just the opposite, a 70 cip to a 69

Yep your right it can be done. My 69 Mach1 had 70 fenders. It looks factory to me. In fact I had to buy the car fast for the price and I overlooked the fact that the fenders were swapped. I sold the car to my brother a couple of years ago. In fact he got the side lights to work. I didn't put them on so I don't how hard it would be to change.


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yes I love the aggressive look of the 69 clip, that's why I'm wanting to do this swap
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As far as two 7 1/2 inch lights going to four 5 3/4 in lights, I'm not sure of amps and such, I was told just to splice um in, the marker lights I'm not as worried about draw
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you might want to search for how to make a 69 boss 302 clone, which is a 70 with a 69 front.

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As much as I like the 1970 Mustang Mach 1's and Sportsroofs.....My favorite being the '70 Mach 1 "Twister" cars...

It had nothing on the look of the '69 Mach 1 and Sportsroofs which was far better looking IMHO...

With all that being said, I wouldn't mind a '70 Mach 1 "Twister" car or clone of one someday...

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Couple of things, the grey mustang may just have had the side scoops removed and filled with a panel while the rest is stock '69, some people have done that for the Boss look.

A 69 Boss 302 is not a 70 with the front end of the 69, the rear tail light panels are completely different and obvious to any Mustang fan. 69's panel is concave and tail lights protrude, 70's panel is flat and tail lights are sunken into the panel. Clones, well you'll know it by looking at the tail lights, unless they changed those too, a bunch of work for very little gain.

I think you'll need to change the radiator support too, I think the bolt holes are in different spots for the front extensions between 69 and 70, but I can't tell you for sure.

One last thing, the value of your car will not be the same afterwards, you won't get the same amount you would for a '69 or a '70, something to consider. I'd go find a '69 instead of bastardizing a good looking '70. It's your car and it'll look better with quad headlights, but everyone will know it's not a '69 the second they look at the tail lights, or the VIN. Instead of doing this, you might want to find a '69 and make that car your project using the funds from this car.

I, personally, wouldn't do this to the car in the pic. Just a bunch of work for a gain in looks and a loss in value. I'd go find a '69 and build it.
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Forgot to mention that the side marker lights are different between '69 and '70. '69 in the front valence and both front and rear marker lights protrude. '70 front is in the front fender and flush, rear is sunken into the rear quarter.

Again, people who know will notice.
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The headlight shell on the fender, the radiator support, and front fender aprons are different 69-70 to account for the location of the headlights.

It can be done, but it's not a bolt-on swap.

I've never thought of the 70 Mustang as being non-aggressive.

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lol I always thought the 70 was the best looking of the era and always thought the 69 was the ugly ducking with it's 4 HL's.
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I've also heard a major hurdle is the radiator core support needs to be changed.
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