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Old 01-22-2018, 12:01 AM   #251
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Does the later model rad go all the way across that opening?
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Old 01-22-2018, 12:14 AM   #252
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Does the later model rad go all the way across that opening?
Yeah, but you also have to swap water pump, hoses and overflow tank. Id rather find something that’ll “work” and make what I need to.
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Old 01-23-2018, 12:19 AM   #253
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Old 01-23-2018, 01:15 AM   #254
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:01 AM   #255
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Grill looks nice...
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Old 01-23-2018, 11:41 AM   #256
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As always, making things happen creatively. One of the best projects on TB for sure.
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Old 01-23-2018, 12:26 PM   #257
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Grill looks awesome, how did you hold the mesh in? I’m missing the factory brackets and at this point I don’t even know what they look like.
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Old 01-23-2018, 12:38 PM   #258
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Grill looks awesome, how did you hold the mesh in? I’m missing the factory brackets and at this point I don’t even know what they look like.
I’ll try and remember to take some pictures tonight. I got creative since my shell is now different than most and was a late model shell to begin with. Basically I made an “L” with one long leg that “pushes” against the bottom edge of the grill and then I bent the top forward and drilled, tapped and countersunk screws through the top of the shell. Lastly, the crossbar pinches it in too.
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:04 PM   #259
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The grill looks awesome! Looking forward to more updates!:D
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Old 01-24-2018, 04:13 PM   #260
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I liked the grills silver. Black they look cheap for some reason. Wonder if they would look good if the enire grill assembly was powder coated chrome (not quite chrome).



(DISCLAIMER: I've wondered on powder coating a lot and what sounds good in my head, doesn't always look good real life.
I've had to redo a few pieces. )
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:04 PM   #261
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I liked the grills silver. Black they look cheap for some reason. Wonder if they would look good if the enire grill assembly was powder coated chrome (not quite chrome).



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I've had to redo a few pieces. )
Ok, bear with me here, this may sound dumb, but I wanted it to look cheap. To be more clear, I wanted it to look like an OEM newer car piece. Sort of plastic-y (I may make another one out of plastic one day, but that’s a later thing). If you look close, I intentionally left three hex openings not cut out along the bottom of the grille. That’s to make it apparent that it’s not just a piece of perforated metal stuck behind the opening. OEM grilles always seem to have openings cut through and some not because of mounting tabs and such. I don’t know. Easy to change out later, but that was my thought process.
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:24 PM   #262
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Ok, bear with me here, this may sound dumb, but I wanted it to look cheap. To be more clear, I wanted it to look like an OEM newer car piece. Sort of plastic-y (I may make another one out of plastic one day, but that’s a later thing). If you look close, I intentionally left three hex openings not cut out along the bottom of the grille. That’s to make it apparent that it’s not just a piece of perforated metal stuck behind the opening. OEM grilles always seem to have openings cut through and some not because of mounting tabs and such. I don’t know. Easy to change out later, but that was my thought process.
I understand your reasoning now. It does look oem plasticish. That's also the reason I liked it silver better though. Plastic on a 60's car just doesn't fit well imo.
I'm not criticizing by the way, just discussing and thinking out loud. I very much respect and envy your skill set.
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Old 01-24-2018, 07:19 PM   #263
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I understand your reasoning now. It does look oem plasticish. That's also the reason I liked it silver better though. Plastic on a 60's car just doesn't fit well imo.
I'm not criticizing by the way, just discussing and thinking out loud. I very much respect and envy your skill set.
No sweat. Just walking you through my thought process. I’m good with thinking out loud.
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Old 01-25-2018, 04:25 PM   #264
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That mesh should look rad once it's on the car, I think it would be distracting if it was silver or chrome.
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Old 01-26-2018, 11:27 AM   #265
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Welding and grinding in the dark. Hahahaaa...



It’s more “flat panel” than I wanted, but I need clearance for the bracing on the hood, I need pockets for hinges (or latches), and I just wanted it done. Hopefully this weekend the front sheet metal (besides the hood) can go on for the last time.

Another question for some round fender volvo guys. I made fender badges last time around that said 223GT (as a play on 200/123GT), but now with the BMW bits I’m thinking of making new badges. Was thinking maybe 325GT or 225GT? Any ideas?

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I think 225GT. Or 322S... but it’ll always be a 220 in my eyes. Probably the baddest 220 in the pnw, with mine bringing up the other end of the spectrum there.

Interested in selling your old badges?
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I think 225GT. Or 322S... but it’ll always be a 220 in my eyes. Probably the baddest 220 in the pnw, with mine bringing up the other end of the spectrum there.

Interested in selling your old badges?
You wouldn’t want them. They are crude cutouts with stickers applied. If you want some, I’ll be drawing it up in CAD and cutting my own. I should be able to make you a set withwhatever you want on them. Just let me know.
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Old 01-26-2018, 01:06 PM   #268
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Just get something done every day and it’ll eventually be finished.
Those moving blankets are the best.

Also, nice grille.
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Old 01-27-2018, 10:30 PM   #269
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Those moving blankets are the best.

Also, nice grille.
Moving blankets, tape measures and flashlights. Things I can never seem to have enough of.

Only got about four hours in today. Also only got about halfway to where I wanted to be today before the sun went away and it got coooold. Story of my life it seems these days.



I just want to be able to put the front clip back on tomorrow. We’ll see.
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Old 01-28-2018, 12:15 AM   #270
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:24 PM   #271
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That’s as far as I got this weekend. Gonna try to finish up the front lighting after work this week and give it a bath since the major fabrication is almost done.

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Looks great. But what’s the story on that oil cooler?
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Looks great. But what’s the story on that oil cooler?
It’s the stock E30 oil cooler and stock location. The Amazon bumper “should” fit over it. Might need to trim an opening to allow for airflow. We’ll see soon enough.
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Old 01-29-2018, 01:06 AM   #274
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What is it you made/painted? I can’t tell much from the pics - don’t have a clue what I’m looking at.
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Old 01-29-2018, 02:11 AM   #275
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What is it you made/painted? I can’t tell much from the pics - don’t have a clue what I’m looking at.
Panels to trim the Amazon cowl to the E30 cowl. Can be seen better here:

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