I had ordered Parallel's grille
set to complete the car, but was dissapointed as when these
parts arrived, they simply didnt fit. The parts were too
short and too narrow, plus they were not bent to the correct
profile of the rear of the car.
This was a shame, as they were quite well made and had a
good thick coat of plastic on them. Not being able to contact
PD over this period, I resigned myself to making some replacements.
First I bent up some 4mm steel rod to the shape of the radiator
apertures, You may find as I did, that they are slightly
different sizes by a few millimetres. I then welded on some
posts at the bottom and brackets at the top. The brackets
should be as small as is possible, as they are visible on
the car. There is no real way around this as once the rear
of the car is finished, you need some way of mounting the
grilles, and not being able to get fixing behind them, this
is the only way.
|These are the grilles after the wire has been
attached to them. Its simply expanded steel wire. Its cut with
tin snips, but be very careful as the edges are razor sharp.
Aluminium wire is too soft and does not hold its shape well
enough for this part, although would be much easier to form.
The steel trimmed oversize to the frame, and bent very carefully
over the wire former so as no to distort the frame. I then
used pliers to crimp the wire completely over giving a secure
mounting of the wire to the frame.
Be careful when you cut the steel as it is directional. What
would happen if you did not heed this advice is that when the
parts are fitted, one grille would look to have smaller holes
than the other due to the viewing angle. So make sure that
the wire is in the same orientation on both grilles. Especially
as they are both visible at the same time.
||Fitting the grilles is easy. Here you can see
the two grilles laying on top of the bumper ready for installation.
Two smal holes are drilled at the bottom of each aperture for
the bottom posts of the grilles to locate into. The grille
can then be swung into position, and the two holes for the
top mountings are then also drilled. I made some captive fixings
by welding nuts to stainless steel bar and glassed this into
place. Its a good idea to make these parts captive due to the
location of the fixings. Once the rear of the car is fixed
together, you are not going to be able to get a spanner or
into this area easily from behind.