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    Thanks again nd. I’m surprised they don’t have something already because they were the one to give me the idea. I’m sure they are floating around this site. Maybe they will see it.

    I picked up the cast grille pieces from the blaster and dropped them at the painter today so some progress is happening! The blaster said they should have the powder coat work done by next week.
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    Re: 69 Custom Grille Replacement Project

    It's been a while since my last post. I have had a few issues getting on board with my painter but that is all finally worked out (Thanks Don). I picked up the powder coated brackets and hardware a few weeks back and I picked up my newly painted grille yesterday so I am ready to get back to work. But first .... vacation. lol

    I have done a few things while my grille was incarcerated at the paint prison. I installed the new bracket to relocate the AC drier and recharged the system to run cold again. I also installed black powder coated right and left eyebrow trim along with the hood lip trim (mine were shaved). I created templates from a pair of fender extensions to lay out the holes then used a dremel tool to route out the slots. Not sure why some pics are rotated.

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    Re: 69 Custom Grille Replacement Project

    I did one other fun thing yesterday. I laid out the various options for the corral and emblem/Insert trim color combos to choose from. All the trim on my car is blacked out and I do not have any chrome on the car. So I sent a couple extra corrals and emblem/Insert pieces to be painted black and silver(silver to match brushed aluminum rim outer).

    I'm liking the last option with the black corral and black emblem insert.

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    Re: 69 Custom Grille Replacement Project

    purdy catttttttt .... i like the last one too

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    Re: 69 Custom Grille Replacement Project

    I like the middle picture with the silver corral.

    Dang! I missed out on perhaps selling a bunch of nice spares to you for this project (and I'm in NJ too). Oh well. Obviously I am not on the site much (like at all) these days.

    Car looks great! I seem to recall you live in SNJ? Have you taken her to the track? Isabel's best was 12.9s ET @ 110 MPH, a couple of years back at the Old Time Drags event at Raceway Park in Englishtown before they permanently shut down drag racing :-(

    I'm still enjoying Isabel, weather has been a problem though. Drove her to work today.

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    Re: 69 Custom Grille Replacement Project

    Quote Originally Posted by 1969XR7Vert View Post
    I like the middle picture with the silver corral.

    Dang! I missed out on perhaps selling a bunch of nice spares to you for this project (and I'm in NJ too). Oh well. Obviously I am not on the site much (like at all) these days.

    Car looks great! I seem to recall you live in SNJ? Have you taken her to the track? Isabel's best was 12.9s ET @ 110 MPH, a couple of years back at the Old Time Drags event at Raceway Park in Englishtown before they permanently shut down drag racing :-(

    I'm still enjoying Isabel, weather has been a problem though. Drove her to work today.

    Regards,

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    Hey Robert I was wondering where you have been. I haven't seen many posts from you. Hope all is well.

    The middle configuration is my second favorite. I will make my final decision once the grille is all back together and I can see the whole picture.

    Yes I am in South Jersey and No I haven't taken it to the track yet.

    Glad to hear you are still enjoying your car. I'm sure we will cross paths at an event sooner or later
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    Does anyone have a suggestion on the type of adhesive to use to reattach the corral to the headlight door grille? I’m thinking JB Weld but not sure. I welcome all suggestions.
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    Re: 69 Custom Grille Replacement Project

    Got back on the grille assembly this weekend. After searching the various forums I found a drill and screw method for reattaching the corral to the headlight door grill explained by 1969XR7Vert on one of the threads. As suggested I used 1/4" long #2 screws and countersunk them so the heads are flush. I used thread-lock on the nuts to keep them from vibrating off. I also decided to make a carbon fiber insert for the corral to match an insert I did on my fuel door. I'm really happy with the look.

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    Re: 69 Custom Grille Replacement Project

    Got the grille all reassembled. The following pictures show the center section installed and aligned along with the brackets and the Cats Headlight motor installed.

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    Re: 69 Custom Grille Replacement Project

    Here is another picture of the center section and one of the passenger side completed.

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    Re: 69 Custom Grille Replacement Project

    Here is the full grille installed.

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    Re: 69 Custom Grille Replacement Project

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    Re: 69 Custom Grille Replacement Project

    Now on to the final headlight wiring and install. Going to make up small harnesses for each side that attache to the grille sections like the factory.


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    Re: 69 Custom Grille Replacement Project

    a great improvement .. i do love the attention to details you put into it..

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    Just got back from a long ride. Great to be driving it again! Love the new grille.
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