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Old 07-17-2007, 11:59 PM   #1
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grill swap?

How hard is it to put a 1998 s10 grill in a 1997. the difference is , a 97 have a single head light and the 98 has the dual headlights. the guy at acces. for trucks says he can do it. and i can get this grill for $150 installed with headlights. so i wanna know id it is possible to do. cuz to me that is a deal. any thoughts on this?
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Re: grill swap?

You can do it yourself easily. Welcome to the forum.

Hit that search button at the top and you will find LOTS of info on exactly what you are wanting to do.
Old 07-18-2007, 12:03 AM   #3
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You need to get a 98+ core support, swap them and you're good to go.
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if he will do it for $150 that sounds cheap, does he know you have to swap the core support?
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its not hard, why not do it urself?
Old 07-18-2007, 10:57 PM   #6
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Re: grill swap?

im only 16 so i dont know much bout body parts on trucks . Like im wonderin what the core support is.. and also how much it would cost.. the guy works at a body shop and acces. shop so i would think he would know how to do it but not positive. i have learned alot of these guys dont do it the right way. he told me $150 for the complete thing like grill and headlights and installed. What do you guys think of it. also im wonderin how that chrome grill will look on a light gray truck. not sure how it will look?

If anyone have pics of that setup ...drop um in.. thanks
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well ur 16. means you have 3 more years than me to learn!
age has nothing to do with this stuff. you gotta try it to learn.
and a facelifty would be a nice easy straightforwards change to learn.
just ask all the Qs you want on the forum ( and yes you will be made fun of sumtimes) but take it in good humor, and you'll be a genious eventually
Old 07-19-2007, 12:58 AM   #8
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i really dont see him getting all the parts for $150. sounds really cheap for me. is he using GM parts, or some knock off stuff? and there isnt much to it. i even think theres a how to on this subject.

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yup, heres the link:

http://www.s10forum.com/forum/f199/h...s-10-a-208724/

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well when you have to ask where to core support is, u might not want to be takin it out, no offense man.
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ha ha i didn't know what it was when i first joined a couple years ago.. . Buy by reading you will be amazed what you learn. Also i changed my head gasket and learned what every part on top of the engine is now id say go for it and just read,, your 15 you should be able to read by now..
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This is the stock grill and headlights out of a 98 s10. he took it outta his. he put a new black grill in with the high output headlights. that is why it is cheap . cuz it is used
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and i meant where the whole core support is...how much of the front end..i know what it is..SMART ASS
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it pretty much spans fender to fender across the front, i wasnt tryin to be mean man.
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ya dude i got ya. how much would that cost?
Old 07-20-2007, 11:50 PM   #15
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Quote: Originally Posted by ritt
ya dude i got ya. how much would that cost?
About $79 for aftermarket
About $100 for "capa" aftermarket
About 3x that for a GM one
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I did it myself using the how-to floating around here, it came out good. I didn't even know what a core support was when I wanted to do it lol...
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Do it yourself!
Old 07-22-2007, 11:16 PM   #18
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it looks like alot of fukin work by lookin at that how to thing on this site. you gotta take some cooler off and all kinds of stuff. looks like alot of work for me. and i dont wanna **** it up. can you get by without usin that aftermarket part
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Quote: Originally Posted by ritt
it looks like alot of fukin work by lookin at that how to thing on this site. you gotta take some cooler off and all kinds of stuff. looks like alot of work for me. and i dont wanna **** it up. can you get by without usin that aftermarket part
Nope. That's just the way it is.


And honestly, if you're not gonna do it right, don't do it at all.
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so how hard is ito take all that stuff out? and put new in? and also where do i get that new part at?
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I just started this conversion...I'm pretty good with a wrench, and had both fenders, the hood, core support grille, bumper etc. off in around 5 hours...but you won't need to remove both fenders. I'm fixing a wreck. I'd have it back together if i weren't waiting on some parts.

I know there's a write-up, but basically all you need to do is: pop your hood, remove the 4 bolts holding the hood on (with the help of a friend or your dad, and make sure you leave a bolt in each side without the nut on it until you have somebody on each side to pull the hood off) take out all the 9/32" screws/bolts holding the grille in, pop it off. Remove your front bumper, remove the headlight buckets and headlights, remove the bolts holding the core support to both inner fenders, remove all the other bolts holding the support to the fenders. Remove the fan shroud, loosed the bolts on of of the fenders, so you can move it about an inch, get all the plastic trim out of the way of your radiator and move it as far off the support as you can. Take out the 9/32" bolts holding in the A/C condenser if it has one and gently pull it off of the support. Finally take out the 2 large bolts going down through the support and frame of the truck, Then you're ready to pull it out. Swap all hardware from one support to the other and put it back together.

It's pretty straighforward...I mean, use the how-to, but when it's condensed into a paragraph it doesn't look like a lot of work, and it really isn't. Jump in and give it a shot yourself, if you found this forum on your own, you can do the work. Good luck..
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Re: grill swap?

Quote: Originally Posted by ritt
where do i get that new part at?
pershingautobodyparts on ebay sells one for $95 shipped. A lil pricy, but if you need any other body parts they'll cut you a discount on shipping.
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I knew very little about cars when I started mine and with the help of my dad we got it done in about a days time.

You gotta start somewhere and this is one of the easiest, best looking mods you can do.
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I'd recommend buying the parts locally if you can. Especially with the aftermarkert stuff.

Plus paying tax is usually much less than paying shipping.
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