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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by ZZ Top Chop, May 17, 2020.

  1. ZZ Top Chop
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    Well, I got laid off on Friday, isn't this fun times? So after trying to process the situation, I decided to go to the garage and get $hit done. I hope this helps someone out there trying to figure this out. 20200517_170856.jpeg

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  2. ZZ Top Chop
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    I decided to lay everything out using yardsticks as it would be close to the stock I was using anyway. 20200515_150057.jpeg

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  3. ZZ Top Chop
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    I then transfer the measurements and angles to the stock. I didn't need to use square stock because the 56 Windsor grille bar is very light. I utilized the bolt holes on the apron near the air intakes. 20200515_142814.jpeg

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  4. ZZ Top Chop
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    I test fit the Windsor grille bar to the horizontal mount to make sure I got the right pitch, then I tacked it into place. 20200515_191940.jpeg

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  5. ZZ Top Chop
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    Here's what the completed mount looks like. I used Krylon Matte black w/all in one primer, which I was very impressed with. 20200517_105404.jpeg

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  6. ZZ Top Chop
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    Because of the angle of the arms, extending from the bottom up, they are hardly visible giving a very convincing floating effect. 20200517_170907.jpeg

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  7. ZZ Top Chop
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    I'm either going to make black perforated sheet metal covers over the intakes or paint them.

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  8. gene-koning
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    The floating grille looks great. Paint your intake ports semi gloss black and they will blend right in, someone will have to look for them to see them. Gene
     
  9. Bugguts
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    Very simple and cool. I love that look. Nice job!
     
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  10. fastcar1953
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    very nice. good job
     
  11. Finnrodder
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    Looks really good and it fits there perfectly
     
  12. Lines
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    from Germany

    Nice and easy. Looks good
     
  13. michaelvz51
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    That is clean and effective fabrication. Should work great too for keeping it cool, nice work!
     
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  14. jivin jer
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    Excellent from start to finish.
     
  15. Straight Axle Guy
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    Looking good! Nice work, thanks for sharing!
     
  16. japchris
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    Nice work! Yeah - blacking out the background really helps the floating effect. (I painted a bit of the lower valence too following the curve of the opening.) 69378255_10156766319028897_9014005536659603456_n.jpg
    I also put a dogleg angle iron upright centre support behind the grille bar, painted satin black to lose it in the shadows, as I was concerned about the slam panel. Without support would it flex when you shut the hood?
    I also put a safety chain on as I lost the hook bit.
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  17. Mr48chev
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    Nice work on that setup. Make sure that you post some after the satin black shots. I'd still put screens over the openings just to keep critters out if for no other reason.
     
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