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I am pulling these posts from my build thread: Project Blueprint in order to make it easier for people to reference since the thread has become rather large...

These posts focus on my grille.
 

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I decided to move forward with a plan that I have had for the last couple years, just never actually pulled the trigger.

I have had Forrest's grille from his old truck since Joe, Mark and I went out to Ravenswood to rebuild his truck for his parents.

I always loved the concept of the Decoma grille, but never liked how it was designed. So, I came up with a plan to do something of the sorts with his grille, but could never come up with a way to pull the trigger... until now.

For those that do not know what the Decoma grille is:


Here's the initial concept photoshop I did a while ago.


Since I have been doing a lot of plastic welding, and I needed to modify the grille a bit to work with the bumper (final plan I came up with) so I dove into it.

My plan, if not obvious, is to create a Decoma style grille with the deep(ish) inset, but with a couple twists. One twist, I will divulge. The grill will remain flush (or stock) with the headlights. It will not protrude forward any. The second, well, I still have to figure that out and will keep that one a secret until I have it worked out.

So, after all that, here are the pictures.

I needed some plastic strips. Spent about an hour or so searching the internet to see if there was any place local, then I remembered that I had some donor plastic sitting in the garage. It worked out perfect!



Got everything mocked up, fit, and cut..



Then I started welding..


 

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This is the idea behind the grille..





Might not be pulled off exactly as depicted, but will be damn close once all is said and done..
 

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Made a little progress with the grille and just days before heading out of town for a month...:th_crazy:



Still thinking about doing the center section but need another crossbar to cut up for it. Anyone have one they want to donate? Lol

Also thinking about doing some cut out "strips" in the sides of the grille surround, between the drl and headlight...
 

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Finished sanding down the grille and got it mounted up:




Then I started mocking up the cardboard for the grille insert.



Then I cut and started bending the mesh to fit inside that big ass hole.



Then some systematic bends here and there to tweak it (still needs some cleaning up) and I was able to rivet the grille in there for a temporary one day test drive with the assembly mounted in the truck.





Plan to stop by the painter tomorrow to see if the thing is actually ready or if I need to do more work to it before it gets painted. But, everything fits and is sitting where it is.

Once I get the grille back from paint I'll have the tid-bits behind the grille painted black and everything will be good to go.
 

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And that is that... look over the posts, feel free to ask questions and I'll do my best to answer anything you have.
 

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My vision is blurring from all these new threads ;)

Lol. I especially am thankful for this one, though. Been wanting to do a new grille for a while now, and this will be very helpful!
 

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Yeah, apologize for all the new ones. But, I figured that these would come in handy for months to come.. more-so than my actual build thread.
 
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