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Old 03-11-2013, 07:00 AM
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fiberglass front end on a street car

hey guy i need a little help and ideas...i have a 72 nova i bought as a roller and it has a fiberglass front end (fenders bumper grill all as one piece) and i need some ideas and what some of you guys that have done this have done to mount things like head lights and radiators i has a few ideas but im sure asking before doing is a good idea ...biggest problem is that there is a bar running across the nose from fender to fender right where the radiator would normally go i would mount the rad closer to the engine but then its way too close and i would mount it closer to the front but then the hood wouldbnt close... what do you guys think,and thanks in advance

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I ran one of those on a 71 Nova.

You will need to modify the cross brace. Moving the center part forward to the inside/upper part of what normally be the hood. Then use a short/wide cross flow radiator mounted on uprights from the frame.

Headlights will need a ground wire to each.

A problem I had was, these front end assemblies are lightweight Drag racing stuff and even with a large amount of re-inforcement, will get a zillion stress cracks in the gel coat when used on the street. Also,, good luck on rainy days. Gets mighty wet under the hood.
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yeah i was thinking to cut the cross brace out and move it forward and put the rad where it needs to be and run an strip of metal from one frame rail to the other underneath too act as a shelf for the rad to rest on ...what did you mount you headlight to structurally?
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Pictures would make it easier to get an idea of what youre up against
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yeah i was thinking to cut the cross brace out and move it forward and put the rad where it needs to be and run an strip of metal from one frame rail to the other underneath too act as a shelf for the rad to rest on ...what did you mount you headlight to structurally?
I used some small complete headlight buckets from a RV supply/surplus place. Look like the double element bulbs from a four headlite system.
Cut a hole in the proper place and 4 screws mounted lite assemblies thru the f-glass into a sheet metal ring backer for good support. Attached ground to backer plate and every thing worked.
Then a pair of amber small rectangle truck/trailer clearance lights mounted low for turn signals. Looked very similar to the stock Nova setup when finished.
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i would post pics zmax but i have troubel posting pics on this site i will try again... where the headligh buckets you used from a car with circular headlights cuz that what i have that sounds like a good idea
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i would post pics zmax but i have troubel posting pics on this site i will try again... where the headligh buckets you used from a car with circular headlights cuz that what i have that sounds like a good idea
Back when I built the car, there were only round headlights! 1975
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Lol oh I didn't know that sorry I'm a younger generation hot rodder I'm 23 lol
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