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Old 10-03-2007, 05:12 PM
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Camaro fiberglass front grill surround

I'm restoring a 71 camaro RS. The original polyurethane front grill/bumper is impossible to find in good shape, and new ones are $$$. I found a place that creates them in fiberglass for a reasonable price. Has anyone had any experience with these fiberglass pieces? They also have the L88 hood I want, fiberglass as well.
I had a thought of glassing the front piece to the upper and lower valance, but I am worried about cracking. On my original 70 I Glassed a snorkel scoop onto the hood, and sure as s*$%#t it would crack at the seam about every six to eight months. The hood takes allot of heat, so I can understand it. So this time the hoods either all glass or all steel.

I would like some comments on these parts though if anyone has dealt with them.
or just glass in general?


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I have bought glass from that place with good and bad results ...the one piece front end was off a bit and kinda warped but i got a trunk lid from then too and it was very nice. you can glass the grill shell to the front using the SEM structural bonding adhesive ( it use to bond glass to metal) and i have found that it will tear the meat or break the glass before you get a crack where it is joined. but that is with properly prepared surfaces. the worry i would have is if i remember correctly that camaro has a seam from the top to the bottom if the front head and valance. that may have to be welded up. that would make a weak spot. I have bonded glass fasicas on them little turner car with this stuff and had great results. I have done scoops too. works great. Hope i was of some help to you.
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Yes , your correct, their is a seam in the middle of the upper and lower valance, I would probably have to fill that too, to make it all look correct. I am not sure if that would cause stress cracks from body movement. I guess if I welded it, that would take care of it.

I'm glad you had a good experience with the trunk, because I really want to get that hood. They are the only one I have found, so far, that still offers the L88, vette, style hood for the camaro. In my eyes that scoops lines just go better with the pointed front end of the 70 camaro, like the vette. the cowl induction hoods look nice if you have the flatter front end like the 69.

Its funny i,m watching that exact fiberglass grill surround on eBay, currently its $30.00 more then what they are asking new on the web site. Before I buy anything on eBay, i always check to see what it costs new.

Thanks for the info, I will try that stuff out!
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That fiberglass grille surround sounds like a good thing, much easier to perfect than those original shrunken urethane pieces. I'd forget about bonding and blending the part on-why not make it look like factory with it being a bolt on design. The best thing about fiberglass is it's easy to modify for a perfect fit and straightness.

Your past experiences with the cracking hood scoop seam could have been avoided if the part was bonded correctly. Fusor makes an excellent product for this and the proceedure has been discussed here in the past.
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