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Old 10-08-2012, 11:57 AM
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34 Alum. Grill

My 34 grill hits the top corner of my rad both top corners. Has anyone ever ground a small amount off the backside of an alum. grill for clearance? I only need to take off about a 1/16"

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I`d like to help but this is the first time that I heard of that problem.

I will suggest, look for another way to solve the problem before grinding the grille.........
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Why not just adjust the radiator support rods back about 1/16" ? Do it at the radiator end

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Thanks for the help guys. On a 34 ford the center hinge is 33" long and a Rootlieb hood is made to fit this dimension. When the grill frame is bolted to the top of the rad as it is on a 34 Ford with a 4 piece hood the grill and grill shell is now a fixed distance distance from the front on the rad. In my case the top corners of the rad hit the inside of the grill shell insert. All I need is another 1/16". I think I have solved the problem. I was able to trim a bit off the rad frame on both sides.
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Are you using the original radiator mounting springs/bolts & washers? If so you should be able to adjust somewhat the height of the radiator. Or as a last result modify the lower radiator supports to lower the radiator. I also would not do any work on the grill as they are far too expensive to screw up.

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Thanks for the help guys. On a 34 ford the center hinge is 33" long and a Rootlieb hood is made to fit this dimension. When the grill frame is bolted to the top of the rad as it is on a 34 Ford with a 4 piece hood the grill and grill shell is now a fixed distance distance from the front on the rad. In my case the top corners of the rad hit the inside of the grill shell insert. All I need is another 1/16". I think I have solved the problem. I was able to trim a bit off the rad frame on both sides.
your information is correct but I immediately thought, elongate the holes for mounting the grille shell to radiator to gain the needed clearance.
would this help...yes,no,maybe ?
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Are you using the original radiator mounting springs/bolts & washers? If so you should be able to adjust somewhat the height of the radiator. Or as a last result modify the lower radiator supports to lower the radiator. I also would not do any work on the grill as they are far too expensive to screw up.

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this is an excellent option......imo
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34 grill Shell

Thanks guys for the response. I ended up taking about 1/8" off 3 ribs on each side and this did the trick. If I had move the top of the rad I would have had to buy another hindge and the hood side lines would not line up. If I elongate the 2 holes in the top this would also work but my center hinge would Not be long enough.
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now I understand better.

not all aftermarket items fit like factory equipment and you are building a re-pro. some things just do not fit together in a situation like yours.

keep at it
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If you get a chance, why not start a journal of your build? We'd love to see the car and you might help someone else.
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