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Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 9:23 pm 
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Hey guys noobie here. Been thinking a lot lately about swapping out my AU1 front end for a BA-BF front. Got a few Q's:

1. What are the chances of the BA-BF guards/lights/bonnet matching up?
2. Can someone perhaps photochop this conversion so i've got clear (rather than mental) image of this mod?

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Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 9:35 pm 
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it is a HUUUUUGE job!
need a whole new front rad support panel and thats major work to change

there was a post on here where a panel beater did it to an AU wagon and cost him close to 10k without labour!

 

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Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 9:47 pm 
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whats the height/width difference of BA rad support compared to AU? Wouldn't it be a matter of drilling out the spot welds and replacing with new panel? Would this make the bonnet etc sit lower and create clearance issues eg inner guards and the like? Am i answering my own q's in regards to the size of this mod? Perhaps. But then two minds (or in the case of an internet forum, a thousand minds) are better than one
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Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:57 pm 
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So you cant just modify the front bumper? and bonnet ? :)

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:25 am 
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Yeah, did think of that but would have to also modify the guards to suit the lights. which led me to posting Q1. I was hoping that with any luck i could bolt up newer model guards/bonnet etc as these two models share the same basic integrated chassis/cabin design.
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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:10 am 
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it is nto as easy as u may think
with a new rad panel = new rad,fans,coolers that may be on there also would need new front bar braces and mounts etc....

save the $$ for a BA
or find a ba that is smashed from rear and transplant the whole lot ie engine and all into the au

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:27 pm 
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It'll look dumb on a sedan, because you've got the squarer ba front, then the curvy au rear..
Keep the AU front mate, they're not very hard to make look great :)
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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:01 pm 
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couldnt you just buy the ba/bf style front bar to suite an AU off ebay??

ive seen it on there.
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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:24 pm 
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Why not just buy a BA.. you could get one for around 10k now..

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:46 pm 
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DUN-UP-FAIRMONT wrote:
couldnt you just buy the ba/bf style front bar to suite an AU off ebay??

ive seen it on there.


Could you post a link?

[quote]Why not just buy a BA.. you could get one for around 10k now..

cos the missus would shoot me if i bought another ford

[quote]with a new rad panel = new rad,fans,coolers that may be on there also would need new front bar braces and mounts etc....

Don't get me wrong, i'm not saying it would be a simple mod, but making up new bracketry doesn't phase me as much as cutting up and welding in new panels on the family car. But anyhow, sounds like a whole lot of unnecessary time and hassle. Might just try to find the BA/AU bar DUN-UP-FAIRMONT is talking about. Thanks for the input guys, much appreciated.
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Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 4:10 am 
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I cant believe glen hasn't mentioned this, someone on au falcon has gone the BA front on an AU, though its a wagon. It's the BA XR front, and it looks just like a BA wagon now.

http://www.aufalcon.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?act=item&i=13 Contact The Dok :)

 

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Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:02 am 
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all you would have to do is to drill out the spot welds remove the au support..... get an Aftermarket one or a front cut of a wrecked one and align and spot weld it on then install a BA radiator and thermo's and hoses maybe and get a bonnet a set of lights and repeators and guards and get the whole thing painted

 

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Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:54 pm 
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MilleniumFalcon wrote:
I cant believe glen hasn't mentioned this, someone on au falcon has gone the BA front on an AU, though its a wagon. It's the BA XR front, and it looks just like a BA wagon now.

http://www.aufalcon.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?act=item&i=13 Contact The Dok :)

But thats a wagon, so it just looks like a ba wagon. I've seen an AU3 XR8 sedan with the BA front and it looked f**k. Very mismatched..
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Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:58 pm 
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GlennBA wrote:
MilleniumFalcon wrote:
I cant believe glen hasn't mentioned this, someone on au falcon has gone the BA front on an AU, though its a wagon. It's the BA XR front, and it looks just like a BA wagon now.

http://www.aufalcon.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi?act=item&i=13 Contact The Dok :)

But thats a wagon, so it just looks like a ba wagon. I've seen an AU3 XR8 sedan with the BA front and it looked f**k. Very mismatched..
agree wagon and utes will look alright but sedan it will look gay

 

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Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:51 am 
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How bout a front and rear end conversion then lol or just buy a BA :P .

I never saw the sedan glen got any piccies? :)

 

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