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Old 03-15-2017, 02:46 AM   #1
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Trying to do some research on front end swapping my cars. I have a 90 760 with the big headlight and inner fogs, and I am deciding whether or not to put in the effort of swapping it to my quad headlight front end from the 740. I have everything to do the swap and Id rather have the older frontend. Pretty sure someone has done it, but I would like to know is there any special things I have to lookout for when I do the swap. Any advice besides "why would you do this?" is welcome and appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 03-15-2017, 04:01 AM   #2
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I like that front end more too. I would do this swap if I had a 700 series.
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Old 03-15-2017, 04:25 AM   #3
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Do your windshield wipers go just under the hood, or are they on top of a panel with the air inlet? AFAIK that difference means that the front fenders won't just swap without modification. I think I recall reading somewhere that long hood vs short hood 7/9xx's had different fenders.
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:35 AM   #4
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They go under the hood, just like on your 1992 960.

Apart from very obvious, different is the wiper linkage, wiper arms, cowl panel, WINDSHIELD + TRIM, hood hinges, hood lifters, firewall and I probably forgot something.

It's probably easiest to chop your can in half at B-pillar (and I mean B-pillar, not A-pillar.) and weld on a 740 forward, then swap your front seats back in.
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They go under the hood, just like on your 1992 960.

Apart from very obvious, different is the wiper linkage, wiper arms, cowl panel, WINDSHIELD + TRIM, hood hinges, hood lifters, firewall and I probably forgot something.

It's probably easiest to buy the car you want since you're obviously unhappy with it.
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Old 03-15-2017, 12:30 PM   #6
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I have everything I would need for the swap, since I have the quad light car. I know the cowl is different.

I'm surprised very little people have done it.
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Perhaps because they buy the car they prefer in the first place. I for one like longhood fronts better.
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:07 PM   #8
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stiligFox is on the right track. The long good cars have a whole host of sheet metal differences when compared to -89 740s. Almost everything from the firewall forward is different (hood, cowl, firewall, fenders, inner fenders).

If you had a regular 940, the swap would be relatively trivial--mostly a bolt-on affair. However, converting your 760 to the early 740 front end will require a considerable amount of custom fabrication to make it work.
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you need an 89+ 760 with the more modern front end to swap to 95+ 960 easily. Otherwise there is a lot of work that needs to be done to get it to fit. Cutting and welding. Worth it in the long run but won't look as good as a factory long hood car.
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Come to Fort Wayne and buy my spare '88 745t m46 car.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:24 PM   #11
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I guess I'm not going to swap it then. If is a bunch or work that won't translate into profit in the long run.
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:42 PM   #12
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Research swapping to euro headlamps to fit 88-90 760, 91-92 940 SE, and/or 92-94 960.
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Research swapping to euro headlamps to fit 88-90 760, 91-92 940 SE, and/or 92-94 960.
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Old 03-16-2017, 01:18 AM   #14
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See, I'd rather have that than the USDM headlights. I don't know why, but I think they are pretty bad.

I bought the car for the engine in it, but it drove pretty nice and I am going to keep it drivable.
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The US market lights you have are downright atrocious. I upgraded to the e-codes mentioned above and it's been amazing. I imported two sets from Poland and cleaned them up. I can see probably 4x further down the road now, and the e-code pattern lights up road signs nicely. And beside a little rewiring, they bolt right in for our style cars.
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you need an 89+ 760 with the more modern front end to swap to 95+ 960 easily. Otherwise there is a lot of work that needs to be done to get it to fit. Cutting and welding. Worth it in the long run but won't look as good as a factory long hood car.
1988+ model year car, actually. Some of mines were even made in 1987, as 1988 models...

Anyway, he's not looking into converting 760 into 960, but into a flatnose 740...


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Old 03-17-2017, 02:20 AM   #17
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I've been browsing Ebay and the like for E-codes, and well, I cannot seem to find any that are reasonably priced. But its been like a day so ill keep searching. I found the thread about wiring the headlights and it seems to me very simple. Thanks to all that have answered, you have changed my mind on this matter.
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Old 03-17-2017, 02:23 AM   #18
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A few members are selling them here, feel free to message me as well. Be careful of the TYC aftermarkets; I have a set and they need work out of the box to make them work right.
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