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Door Interchange for A/G Body cars

Post by Evil_Regal » Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:24 am

Door interchange is a common thing that comes up with our A/G body cars and the fact they are getting harder to find. I have compiled a bunch of images of the door areas and potential things to look for when looking at interchanging doors with these cars.
Highlighted in red is an area where the fender meets the door, you will find there are several different styles here.
I have put arrows in the pics showing the body lines on these doors, which is another potential problem area.

I have not taken everything into account as far as any door lengths, and I have not tried fitting these doors on every model of A/G body, this is merely a guide to show you the potential problem areas that I can tell. Other areas that could be problematic are window shape/sizes, trim locations etc... Please help update this guide if I have missed anything or if you have anything else to add and I will update the original post.

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Early Regal 1978-1980
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Late Regal 1981-1987
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Early Grand Prix 1978-1980
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Late Grand Prix and 2+2 1981-1987
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Early Monte 1978-1980
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Late Monte 1981-1987
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Early Cutlass 1978-1980

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Late Cutlass 1981-1987
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El Camino 1978-1987

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Malibu 1978-1983
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78 regal - 355sbc - th400 - 4.11 9"
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Re: Door Interchange for A/G Body cars ***Sticky?***

Post by Chucklehead » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:51 pm

I know this thread has been around for a while, but just from eyeballing the photos, would I be correct in assuming late regal and late cutlass body lines are the same? It make me consider putting a late cutlass front clip on a late regal, as I love the late regal rears.....just wondering...

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Re: Door Interchange for A/G Body cars ***Sticky?***

Post by Evil_Regal » Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:20 am

Looks very similar to me, the wheel wells & lines being the noticeable difference.
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Re: Door Interchange for A/G Body cars ***Sticky?***

Post by Blake442 » Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:33 pm

As far as 2-doors are concerned...
'81-'87 Cutlass and Regal doors are interchangeable.
'78-'87 El Camino, '78-'81 Malibu/Grand Am/LeMans doors are interchangeable.
I think those are the only ones... The rest are unique to each body-style.

For 4-doors...
Chevy and Pontiac will interchange, and Buick and Olds will interchange.
Front doors are interchangeable between sedans and wagons.
Rear door window frames are different, and are wagon or sedan only.
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'83 Olds Cutlass Cruiser -Chevy 350,TH350,non a/c
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'81 Monte Carlo, '81 El Camino, '79 Malibu Wagon, '81 Century Wagon...

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Re: Door Interchange for A/G Body cars ***Sticky?***

Post by HOLY TERROR-BU » Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:47 am

NICE THREAD! VERY USEFUL INFORMATION TO THOSE WHO NEED IT!! :D
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Re: Door Interchange for A/G Body cars ***Sticky?***

Post by wagonman100 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:46 pm

Don't forget about the doors for a Pontiac Bonneville after they downsized it in '82 are the same as a Malibu. But like the Malibu, they were only available as 4 doors and wagons.

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Post by CutlassRacer » Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:13 am

I am pretty sure that the 78-80 Regal and Cutlass doors will interchange, and it looks like the 78-80 Grand Prix might also use the same door. Anybody have any more information on that? I have Google searched a little bit and have not come up with anything definite.
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Re: Door Interchange for A/G Body cars ***Sticky?***

Post by faststang » Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:35 am

does anyone know for sure if a 87 elcamino is the same as a 80 malibu im finding conflicting results?
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Post by melloelky » Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:14 pm

faststang wrote:does anyone know for sure if a 87 elcamino is the same as a 80 malibu im finding conflicting results?

yes the doors are the same,you'll have to replace the elcamino glass with your malibu glass they are a diffrent shape.other than that your good
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Post by CutlassRacer » Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:48 pm

Anybody have an idea if the early Cutlass and Regal doors interchange?
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Re: Door Interchange for A/G Body cars

Post by xxxfoxbody » Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:26 pm

what about a cutlass 1986 dog house fitting a 1979 malibu wagon

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Re: Door Interchange for A/G Body cars ***Sticky?***

Post by 71suburban » Sat Dec 12, 2015 11:11 am

CutlassRacer wrote:Anybody have an idea if the early Cutlass and Regal doors interchange?
Yes the late Cutlass and Regal doors do interchange. Just be mindful of the "wide" stainless trim on the bottom. If your car doesn't have this and the used door does, you will have some holes to weld up from the molding retainers.

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