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Will 72 Riveria front clip bolt on a 73 Riv?


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Hi, new on this board.  I have Buicks for about 15 years, this is my first Riv.

Live in Washington State.

 

My question is:

 

Will a 72 front clip bolt on to a 73 riv?

 

And will a 72 trunk lid & bumper bolt on to a 73?

 

I've got a 73 & am looking at a 72 parts car if the swap will work?

 

 

Thanks for any help you can provide.

 

If I pick up the 72, I will have some parts to sell after I tear it down.

 

Thanks,

Frank

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I might have to say yes with all the considerations though. Tail Lights. Big Crash Bumper on 73. Know of nobody who has ever done it but the Frames are close enough. Your 73 looks pretty good.  Question : Respectfully, Why are you looking to make it a 72 with 73 Interior ?

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Just look at some pictures on Google. 

 

Notice that the '72 trunk is formed to fit around the upper portion of the tail light.

 

Image result for 1972 riviera trunk

 

The '73 trunk is flat across the bottom.

 

Image result for 1973 riviera rear bumper

 

You can do the same with the front.  The Federal Bumper law for the '73 model year changed things a bunch.

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On 10/13/2016 at 5:45 AM, Tder1 said:

I might have to say yes with all the considerations though. Tail Lights. Big Crash Bumper on 73. Know of nobody who has ever done it but the Frames are close enough. Your 73 looks pretty good.  Question : Respectfully, Why are you looking to make it a 72 with 73 Interior ?

 

Thanks Tom, I have a '72 Bucket seat Interior for it.

 

Looks like rear end won't work but front clip may bolt on

 

Frank

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Frank, Please Post here and let us know how you make out if you transfer any parts. You've piqued some interest now and would really like to know what fits and what doesn't. Understand that these things take time. That 73 front bumper ass. is HEAVY !

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You have to consider that the frame was altered in order to connect the crash bumper shock absorbers.  Chances are that frame was completely redesigned to help with the impact bumper.  I'm just saying that if I were you, I wouldn't get my hopes up too high.  ;)

 

Ed 

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Mr. Go Buick, even if those changes were

possible, your Buick would be considered customized.

You may like it, and that may be all that counts.

 

But consider, too:

It likely would have its value substantially reduced.

To the 1972 Riviera fan, it wouldn't be an authentic 1972.

And it wouldn't be a complete 1973 anymore either.

Since the dashboard is different between 1972 and 1973,

the modifications will be obvious to people who know

the difference.

 

I'd recommend appreciating the 1973 for what it is.

Save your money and get a good 1972 in addition!

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I wouldn't be surprised if there were not some laws about removing the required safety features of a 73 bumper system and replacing with a 72 without.  Still has a 73 vin meaning it's required to maintain safety and emission features of 73.  A few years back got stopped at a roadside safety check. Was surprised they knew of the seat belt requirements for older cars, 64 not required, but i had them in the front.

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