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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-11-2017, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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1967 Front end on 1968 impala

Hello guys, I'm new here but Im needing some help or guidance. I recently bought a 1968 Impala custom 2 door for $300 and I'm trying to restore it, but both fenders, hood, front bumper and grill are all damaged and creased. I'm about to buy a 67 biscayne from my grandpa but I was wondering if I could use the whole front end off the 67 and if it would be a straight bolt on process to the 68.
Any help would be appreciated! Thank you !
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-27-2017, 11:41 PM
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As far as a direct bolt on for hood is no. The 67 has a windshield cowl, 68 doesn't. 67 doesn't have a header panel, 68 does. 68 is the first year for marker lights. Major attachment points should be the same, not sure about the minor bracket's. Don't know about the fender well profile's. Unsure about upper fender to door profile or if style line's meet up.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-28-2017, 10:09 AM
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It will bolt on: but there are the issues that were raised above.

GM used the same dies to stamp out all of their cars (because they were large and expensive). They used inserts to account for annual style changes (such as the marker lights) but basically the wheel wells and door alignment stayed the same through out the production run (in your case 1965-'70). In the case of major changes like the Astro Ventilation, introduced in 1968, that introduced "hidden" windsheild wipers and removed the vent window they had to rework the dies with welders and grinders to change the shape of the piece that was punched.

The factory used the high pressure area in front of the dash to force air into the cabin instead of using a vent window which raised the opening at the back of the hood and introduced an air dam to keep hot under hood air from getting into the car. Just splicing the back half of your 1968 hood to the lip of the '67 won't work.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-28-2017, 01:40 PM
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Lame. Don't do it. The car will look stupid.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-12-2017, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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I forgot about all the small things, guess that idea was a no go. But thank you guys for all your help I really appreciate it ! I'll probably just trade the car then since I don't want to piece the front end together.
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