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Driftwood
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Rhino grill conversion

Postby Driftwood » Wed Mar 23, 2016 6:46 pm

Below is my 79 with its factory Pig nose. All of the following pics speak for themselves showing the Rhino grill and valance conversion process.

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Here's the Rhino valance and all necessary parts I found in a junk yard on a J3000 Gladiator.

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Here's the Hood and Rhino Grill in the bed of the J3000.

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My 79 pig nose and valance being removed.

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Here's the J3000 Gladiator valance and grill ready to be installed onto my 79 to check for fit.

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Loosely installed. The hood still needs swapped out.

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1979 Wagoneer
Paint Code 6P "Firecracker Red"
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Rhino grill conversion
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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby J10blue » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:06 am

Nice find!


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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby Driftwood » Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:37 pm

Decided to put it all back together today for a run to Sonic. I'll eventually strip the Pie Tins or install 5" lights in their place. The Valance will eventually be stripped, primed, and painted. I have the hood from the J3000. That will be installed soon as well.

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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby ArchitectJS » Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:29 pm

I see you bent the corners of the rear valance, nearest the radiator opening. Was this for access to nthe bolt head?

I just got my bumper off and only have the bolts across the bottom to remove...
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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby Driftwood » Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:32 am

Yes. I took a long punch and hammer and bent the two corners up from below. This gave me better access to remove the valance bolts on either side of the radiator. I did not reinstall those two bolts.

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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby Shep 762 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:43 am

What a pain in the ass those bolts are, I just took mine out yesterday and they're not going back in either.

By the way what mirrors do you have? I like them. It looks like something I can actually see the through!

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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby Driftwood » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:09 am

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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby Driftwood » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:10 am

Shep 762 wrote:What a pain in the ass those bolts are, I just took mine out yesterday and they're not going back in either.


I had to line up the holes with a screwdriver just to get the bolts started.....
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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby Driftwood » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:11 am

Shep 762 wrote:By the way what mirrors do you have? I like them. It looks like something I can actually see the through!


CIPA 47500, JR. West Coast Mirror and Bracket
http://www.amazon.com/CIPA-47500-Coast-Mirror-Bracket/dp/B00029WSZ4

IFSJA write up
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=174433

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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby ArchitectJS » Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:40 pm

I want your pie pans when you switch to lights. PM me when you're ready...
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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby Driftwood » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:46 am

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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby Stuka » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:50 am

Looking really nice! The correct hood also makes a big difference, as it fits the grill more.
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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby Driftwood » Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:44 pm

I have the hood from the truck. But the latch system is different. And it needs to be painted firecracker red.

Stuka wrote:Looking really nice! The correct hood also makes a big difference, as it fits the grill more.
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Wiring diagram
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Re: Rhino grill swap

Postby az chip » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:13 pm

Nice job on the conversion.
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