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Projects how to make a hot rod grill for under 25$

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by gbones32coupe, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. gbones32coupe
    Joined: Jan 1, 2007
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    gbones32coupe
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    I mad this grill for under 25$ and it dosn't look half bad. some of you might think it is cheesey but some might like it so I am posting it. Here it go's. If I had lots of money I would have cut down a 32 grill in stead but this looks ok for now. All you need is some break line and some alluminum mesh. I got this mesh from home depot it look old time so I used it. It it use for heating and ac vents and comes in 3ft sections. here is the break line. [​IMG] here is the mesh. [​IMG] [​IMG] Bend the break line around the inside lip of the grill shell and tape it. take your time and make it as tight as you can [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Cut the acess off and weld the ends together and grind it smooth make shure it fits. [​IMG] Take the tape off and lay grill ring on top of the mesh and trace it. [​IMG] cut the mesh with tin snips and bend it in the center with a strait edge. [​IMG] Bend the ends around the grill ring like you would fold a door skin. try not to bend the grill ring. [​IMG] tap edges with a hammer and plyers. roll the edge. [​IMG] [​IMG] then you have to mount it some how I welded two pins made of the same tubing on top of the grill and drilled two holes in the grill shell slid the grill up in the top and welded two nuts to the bottom of the grill and ran small fine thred scerws up in to hold it in place. kept it simple. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]. The end
     
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  2. btbsandman
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    looks damn good, but im a FNG
     
  3. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
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    pasadenahotrod
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    from Texas

    The finishing touch after making sure the grille fits is to paint that inside baffle panel of the shell black so it disappears and shows off your nice grille as it should be.
     
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  4. 6deucecaddy
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    I like it. I agree with painting it the baffle panel.
     

  5. dutchtreat
    Joined: Jul 7, 2004
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    Nice job now I know what to do with that Chopped '32 Rad. Shell. I have hagging on the wall.
    Dutch
     
  6. Stevie Nash
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
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  7. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
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    Might only be $25, but still $25 better than spider webs. Looks pretty decent to me actually.

    Now get rid of the Miller Lite can and get a nicer old bottle or something. :)
     
  8. firemunkey
    Joined: Jun 2, 2007
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    from temecula

    Not bad at all.
     
  9. PeteFromTexas
    Joined: Apr 4, 2007
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    Thats really cool!
     
  10. rustycarr
    Joined: May 30, 2006
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    from TX

    got any better pics of the mounts? looks good
     
  11. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
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    1. 60s Show Rods

    thats cool....
     
  12. N312RB
    Joined: Dec 12, 2007
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    from Burlington

    either paint it or paint the wheels gold and you have a WINNER!!
     
  13. hollowpoint
    Joined: Apr 22, 2006
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    well, i'm sure not a new guy but it looks very good to me.
    that's part of what this hobby/lifestyle is all about.
    doing things yourself in your garage with things you can afford. and being happy with the results.
    nice work guy.

    later dudes
    chuck
    :cool:
     
  14. speedtool
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    Slick - looks great!
     
  15. gbones32coupe
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    Ya I don't know what color to paint it yet I'm not quite done yet but you get the Idea. I will try to post pics of the mounts when my batt charges.
     
  16. lowsquire
    Joined: Feb 21, 2002
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    lowsquire
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    from Austin, TX

    Great Job! I would bend another brake line the same as the one its fitted to, and mount that in front, to give it a 'finished ' look. But I guess it would be a $30.00 grille then :)
     
  17. looks good kenny,now paint it:) i will give you the paint so you dont go over $25.00:D
     
  18. KKustoms
    Joined: Aug 21, 2004
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    I like the idea, cheap and it looks good.
     
  19. HOT ROD DAVE
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
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    i love the idea but i will have to wait till i get to another computer as the pics are not working on this one
     
  20. Dirty2
    Joined: Jun 13, 2004
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    Good idea. I like it .
     
  21. Looks nice and for a good price...you can't put a price on ingenuity and imagination

    coming soon: rodtees.com
     
  22. Jackbolt
    Joined: Mar 2, 2006
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    Couldn't have said it better! Thanks for sharing the info.
     
  23. Shaggy
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    Shaggy
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    from Sultan, WA

  24. Concrete B
    Joined: May 12, 2007
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    I had the same thought. Nice grille regardless
     
  25. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
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    1950ChevySuburban
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    from Tucson AZ


    My thoughts exactly!

    I like it!
     
  26. punkabilly1306
    Joined: Aug 22, 2005
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    punkabilly1306
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    from ohio

    looks great, and really works with the car!!
     
  27. jimmyv
    Joined: Dec 1, 2006
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    What about using a bigger diameter tubing and slitting it all the way around with a cutoff wheel for the mesh to fit inside? I guess it might get dirt/water in it though.
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2008
  28. 57 shaker
    Joined: Aug 2, 2008
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    57 shaker
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    from phx.az

    I think it looks great,it makes me think maybe I could do something like that to my 57.I like all the step by step pictures.
     
  29. 31whitey
    Joined: Jan 2, 2007
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    31whitey
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    nice work man

    anything looks better than a stock 32 grille insert

    paint it WHITE...and procerd to rule the streets

    love that coupe man
     

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