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Question on malibu grille ... i like the 81 but i own a 78

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Question on malibu grille ... i like the 81 but i own a 78

Post by lvstogofst2002 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:22 pm

do they interchange? do i have to swap out the header panel? Headlight bezels?

Also, how about tailights, do the years matter? do they all bolt in? what about lightbulb fitment and wiring?


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Re: Question on malibu grille ... i like the 81 but i own a 78

Post by DOUG213XRJ » Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:36 pm

My 81 has the 78 gril and tail lights.All tail lights interchange exsept the 78.the 78 tail light has a different angle.You will need to change the quarter corner piece. The 79 -83 tail light has a square shaped corner. The wiring may have to be added to to make it longer .. To change the gril you will need the complet header panel .I just tryed to install a 1979 gril in a 1980 header panel but it would`nt bolt on. :x
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Re: Question on malibu grille ... i like the 81 but i own a 78

Post by 1980MALI » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:17 am

YES YOU DO HAVE TO SWAP OUT THE HEADER PANEL. ALSO THE LIGHT BEZELS AND ALL HAVE TO BE SWAPPED. 78 AND 79 ARE INTERCHANGABLE.

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Re: Question on malibu grille ... i like the 81 but i own a 78

Post by DOUG213XRJ » Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:20 am

1980MALI wrote:YES YOU DO HAVE TO SWAP OUT THE HEADER PANEL. ALSO THE LIGHT BEZELS AND ALL HAVE TO BE SWAPPED. 78 AND 79 ARE INTERCHANGABLE.

1980 and 1981 are also interchangable.
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Re: Question on malibu grille ... i like the 81 but i own a 78

Post by jonesybu » Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:20 pm

i'm converting from an 81 to an 82. if you decide to go through with it, i have the complete 81 header panel with lights, grille, bezels and everything. maybe we can work something out. i'll have pictures posted later, just haven't got around to it yet.
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