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Old 12-10-2011, 04:57 PM
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making a grill insert help

I have a 36 chevy truck grill, i just need an insert. anyone made a grill insert? Any advice on what to use? thanks

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Pictures of front and rear of this grille would help..Do you want something custom??

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i thought of using something like brake line. easy to form. i think it would look good
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Brake line will bever come out looking straight.

Check out Dewey's home built grill:

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Solid steel rods would stay more true as well and wouldn't cost too much.
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Just a brief update on this grill insert (the final product shown below). Even I have been a little surprised at how well this experiment has held up over the last couple of years of decent highway travel. Who would have thought that electric fence rod, plexiglass, and epoxy could hold up to some fairly brutal forces (bugs, birds, rain, stones etc) at 60-70 mph. But the darn thing has held together quite well and at this point shows zero wear and tear.

The only real drawback I can see is the lack of a nice "chrome" finish. But interestingly, I've never heard any negative comments on that fact that it is painted and not chromed.

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painted rods

the rods need to be painted, The ones we use on the farm start to deteriate after 3 or 4 years of being out in the sun and weather and you can get some bad slivers that are hard to see and get out.
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Just a brief update on this grill insert (the final product shown below). Even I have been a little surprised at how well this experiment has held up over the last couple of years of decent highway travel. Who would have thought that electric fence rod, plexiglass, and epoxy could hold up to some fairly brutal forces (bugs, birds, rain, stones etc) at 60-70 mph. But the darn thing has held together quite well and at this point shows zero wear and tear.

The only real drawback I can see is the lack of a nice "chrome" finish. But interestingly, I've never heard any negative comments on that fact that it is painted and not chromed.


I was wondering about how well it was staying together.

Thanks for the update.
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Thanks guys!This helps alot!
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I'm in the process of building a grill too.Something I found that works very well is chrome copper tubing like what you find UNDER the kitchen sink ,its 3/8" so its a little fat for what your doing but for my old coupe it looks great and its easy to work with.it might come in smaller diamiters ,not sure...
something else I tried is aluminum strips 1/2' x 1/8" that looked good too but I liked the chrome a little better
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where is a affordable place to find chrome copper tubing?
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Never heard of this before and I work with metal.

Solid stainless steel rods can polish up to a mirror finish and shouldn't break the bank to purchase.
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where can i find stainless rods cheap?
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where can i find stainless rods cheap?
Do you have Metal Supermarket close to you?
5/16'' dia should do it.
Type 304 s/s.
Get a price and post back.
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where is a affordable place to find chrome copper tubing?
I just went to Lowes, it costs about 3.00 for a 3' piece (I think I used 20 for one side) but I'll bet you can get them a lot cheaper at a plumbing warehouse for contractors. I used 3/8 " plastic molly bolts in the ends to hold a screw for each one I've got half of the mock up done if you want to see a pic...the thing with my grill is it has a few curves and I had to make a wood jig to bend them all the same so I wanted something ez to work with that was quick because I wasnt sure if it was going to look good or not but everyone seems to like it...For my plymouth coupe theres no billit grills or anything so everything has to be made by hand ,for longevity stainless might be a better choice plus your grill is all straight pieces so it wouldnt be as hard make ...Theres all kinds of materials you can make grills out of I even saw one on a 32 made from barbed wire that looked pretty cool,but that wouldnt be for everybody...
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something else I tried is aluminum strips 1/2' x 1/8" that looked good too but I liked the chrome a little better
this similar to what i was going to suggest
but i like polished alum
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