Duster to Demon Tail Panel Swap

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      Thanks for posting the demon tail swap. It will help when I go to do mine.
       
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      I'm in the process of putting in my trunk floor extentions now. Alot of my car was rotted away so these pics help out alot.
      Keep em comming.
      Ted
       
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      awesome work! i love it when people post lots of pics, helps me learn a lot!:)
       
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      To remove the lead from the area where the tail panel is attached to the rear quarters, use a propane torch and wire brush. Simply heat the lead up and it brushes right out. I have some pics somewhere I will try and post. When done this way it leaves it clean and you can see where the spot welds are.

      Another point, when attaching the tail panel. Test fit and remember to check the fit with the trunk lid!
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      Thats good to know. Nice tip. Pics would be cool as :worthles:
       
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      YA I think I Want to do this also!
       
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      Here you go...
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      Thanks clhyer. Thats nice to know. Looks like it workes 1000 times better than a hammer and chisel.
       
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      I'm about to do my swap. The Duster is a 73 so does not have the shock mount bumper. Haven't checked in detail yet but there should be less fabbing to fuss with. I'll post a few pics.
       
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      Sweet! Good luck to you. Be interesting to see how different it is.
       
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      Here's a few pics showing the Demon structure vs 73 Duster. I forgot to take pics before removing the 73 panel, but the structure looks identical except for the rear 1/4 panel support braces, and the tail light support panels.

      On the Demon, the 1/4 supports are extensions of the tail light support panels. On the Duster they are separate from the tail panel. Duster tail lights are held to the outer panel by the trim rings. Demon tail lights do not attach to the outer skin.

      The Duster support braces will be removed. Overall an easier swap because the rear frame structure is not modified by the shock mount bumper in the 74 and up.

      The 2x2 in the last pic is screwed to the 1/4 panels to maintain correct gap.

      Once i get the Demon panel apart I'll post pics of how it mates up.

      Duster to Demon Swap 16-1.jpg

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      Nice! It does look like it is going to be a bit easier swap.
       
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      how do you re attach the tail panel?
       
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      Cool Tech!
       
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      how do you re attach the tail panel?

      In reverse order of removal!
      After clamping and/or screwing into place, test for fit. If you are happy with the fit it is spot welded along the bottom and sides. Seam sealer the bottom and lower corners. Bondo or re-lead the sides where it was originally leaded.

      If you are using a new tail panel you drill holes along the bottom edge and lower corners. Test fit and tweak as necessary the fit at the rear quarter before drilling those holes.
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