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Old 09-16-2006, 01:20 AM   #1
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Default 06 baja grill

new grill(modified)...tim
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:35 AM   #2
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Nice...How did you do that?
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:23 AM   #3
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the grill is rain gutter cover from home depot (zinc coated) and using fiberglass-resin secured plastic-ege molding to the back of the grill and then after predrilling i used wood screws. i'll post pics of the back soon...tim
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Old 09-16-2006, 11:10 AM   #4
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Looks intriguing -- could you take a few (smaller size would be great!) pix from further away... it's kinda hard to tell what the end result would actually look like.
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Old 09-16-2006, 12:57 PM   #5
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yes, +1 for pics from further away. i like what i see so far though!
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Old 09-16-2006, 01:39 PM   #6
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that grill is crazy well done and it makes me happy that other people enjoy there bajas as much as i do...
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Old 09-17-2006, 11:30 AM   #7
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Thats great that you did that. I was thinking of something along those lines myself. I never considered rain gutter screens. Good call.
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Old 09-17-2006, 08:17 PM   #8
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here are more pics of the mod. took about 90 minutes...and i love my baja...tim





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Old 09-23-2006, 07:52 PM   #9
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I was wondering what you stuck onto the bottom of the grill to put the screws in. I also noticed that there are screws in the center. What are they attaching to?
I tried to put plastic gutter grill on mine today but couldn't get the grill off. After removing all the bolts, it felt like it was catching on something. I didn't want to pull any harder because it felt like something was going to crack if I did. Is there a trick to removing it?
So I ended up just duct taping around the back of the grill after trimming it. It looks good from up front. Just like in your pic, just all black. It's just temporary until I figure out how to put it on in a more permanent way. Oh well, at least it'll keep bugs and rocks out of my radiator.
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Old 09-24-2006, 12:10 AM   #10
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Oops, I meant to ask how did you attach the corner molding to the grill? Did you glue it? I couldn't see any screws or bolts in the pic.
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:23 PM   #11
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While trying to remove the grill the studs will rub against the inside edges of the holes, sounding like it’s going to brake. It will not, just wiggle and pry at the same time, it will come off (it may suddenly release so be careful not to drop it).

The material I used all came from Home Depot. The zinc coated rain gutter screen and the plastic angle (designed to protect interior wall corners) I trimmed one leg of the plastic angles making an “L” (leave enough of a leg for screws to grab) I used fiberglass resin (be sure the resin is cured before trying to attach grill halves).and after drilling 1/4” holes for the resin to ooze through I prepared both surfaces to be joined with a small grinder (resin will not hold smooth plastic). I applied the plastic “L” to both the bottom and the middle section of the factory grill (that is what the screws in the center are holding on to).

I trimmed the screen with tin snips and bent the screen into an “L” at the top, about ¾” to keep it rigid.

I attached the gill using #10 x 1 ¼” wood screws, but almost anything will work. While holding the grill in place pre-drill a 1/8” holes so the plastic does not crack and tighten the screws only enough to secure the grill (over tightening will cause the grill to distort).

I’ve included pics and a link to a grill I did for a friend.
www.legacygt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=42973

My wife's grill is next
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Old 09-25-2006, 03:02 PM   #12
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That is so ghetto 1991. Heh.
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Old 09-25-2006, 03:40 PM   #13
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Thanks! Now I'll plan that to be my weekend project.
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Old 09-25-2006, 10:01 PM   #14
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post pics.
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