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    Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  solo79 on Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:15 am

    Ok, so I just bought a '79 2-door that has the front passenger fender damaged. I've never dealt with these before since my last '79 was close to mint and never wrecked. My question is, what fenders are interchangeable. Do I have to have 77-79 or will the later fenders fit? 4-door fenders the same? Just trying to get a jumpstart on this. Also, the front bumper is from an 80 and up and of course I want the '79 "straight-across" bumper. Are these pretty much the same 77-79? Thanks for any help.
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    Re: Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  GM B-Body Forum on Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:48 am

    I know the 80's models have the same mounting locations as the 77-79's, but the body lines wont match up, and i wouldnt recommend it. Theoretically it would fit, but wouldnt look right at all. Same for the bumper, your kinda stuck with only using 77-79 parts, were a class all on our own which kind of sucks since parts are so hard to find.


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    Re: Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  solo79 on Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:41 pm

    Yeah, I thought as much. Even when I had my other one 10 years ago, parts were hard to find. Nice to know nothing has changed there. I'd give anything for that NOS grille I bought and installed on my other one. So, just to confirm, the fenders are all the same 77-79 including the 4-door cars? I may be able to repair the fender that's on it, but I'm not sure yet. Saturday can't get here fast enough so I can get this baby home and get a closer look at things.
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    Re: Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  GM B-Body Forum on Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:49 pm

    Yup, 2 door, 4 door, wagon all use the same fenders from 77-79. I find it funny that so many of these cars were made, yet you can hardly find one these days, and can hardly find parts for them, there is no aftermarket for them. Sure mechanically you can find parts all day, and these cars will run and last forever, but were all on our own for everthing else. I got a buddy of mine that gets loads of parts.for the b bodies and hes actually a member on here, he just never gets on. Ill ask him if he can get any parts you might need, his name on here is capriceroc. He usally has good hard to find parts for sale on ebay, ill post a link to his ebay page tomorrow.


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    Re: Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  GM B-Body Forum on Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:39 am

    Alright so i talked to him today, and he doesnt have any bumpers or fenders, but hes got doors, i know that dont help, but he told me hes got a ton of nos parts. Heres his ebay page http://www.ebay.com/usr/capriceroc


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    Re: Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  solo79 on Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:05 am

    Hey thanks! I'll keep an eye on the page. As soon as I get this car home tomorrow, I'm going to make a list of everything it NEEDS and go from there.

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    Re: Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  79treemaster on Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:30 am

    Here is a link to two front fenders, hopefully they still have them. http://www.ebay.com/itm/RUST-FREE-1977-1978-1979-CHEVROLET-IMPALA-AND-CAPRICE-FRONT-FENDERS-77-78-79-/111197766306?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276
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    Re: Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  GM B-Body Forum on Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:38 am

    Oh boy, if you get those fenders, save that front fender moulding piece for me! but otherwise this is a nice set, and id get them asap! I also seen you need headlight bezels, you can get them from Classic Industries, i have a set on mine, and kept the original pair http://www.classicindustries.com/1979/impala/parts/lighting/headlamps/


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    Re: Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  kartmaster on Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:32 am

    Not to hijack, but how's the fit and quality on those headlight bezels?


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    Re: Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  GM B-Body Forum on Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:50 am

    They fit well minus the mounting holes they were slightly off but they still fit, and quality is pretty good, i mean theyre 22 bucks, what can you expect, but they do look better than the corroded peeling original ones


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    Re: Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  solo79 on Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:27 pm

    I saw those above fenders earlier this week, but no shipping. I'm not too keen on a drive to Connecticut if I don't have to. WOW, those headlight bezels are a GREAT price. I'll definitely be getting a set of those real soon. Thanks for the link. I had no idea they had those. Too bad they don't have the front corner bezels and rear taillight bezels too!
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    Re: Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  solo79 on Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:30 pm

    GM B-Body Forum wrote:Oh boy, if you get those fenders, save that front fender moulding piece for me! but otherwise this is a nice set, and id get them asap! I also seen you need headlight bezels, you can get them from Classic Industries, i have a set on mine, and kept the original pair http://www.classicindustries.com/1979/impala/parts/lighting/headlamps/
    Don't worry, I'll find one for you. I still have all the original off the last car since I put stainless "flat" trim on it. I had a company custom make that for me since they only made if for 4-doors. Looks like they still don't make it for a 2-door cars, so if I decide to put the flat stainless on there again, I'll definitely have another one. Trouble is, the one you need that's on the burgundy car, some idiot put screws through it on the front side. However, I'm positive I have the little pieces from the other car somewhere, I just have to dig for them. I found the long ones, but not the small ones which is odd. Maybe I put them in a box by themselves. I've slept too many times since then, so I don't remember.
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    Post  phil.fen86 on Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:45 am

    I know the 79 is different from the 78 impalas is their anyplace that sells new front head light bezels mine are perdy crappy.
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    Re: Front Fenders/Front Bumper

    Post  GM B-Body Forum on Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:54 am

    Welcome to the forum! No one makes any aftermarket bezels, except for classic industries and they only offer them for the 79 caprice(weird, but works for me since i have a 79 caprice) you really just have to keep an eye on ebay and look for NOS ones.


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