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Old 03-17-2010, 10:18 PM   #1
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Project Retro Grill

For a while now I've been thinking about attempting to replicate the 2008 SEMA Tacoma's retro style grill.



I began by using this Satoshi writeup:

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...-write-up.html

Thank you, lifesaflaw123, for putting up a nice write up!

Just before the part for mounting the screen in the back is where I stopped. First thing I did was marked it where the cross members were to be mounted


The biggest problem was finding a material to use for the cross members. I had lots of ideas, but couldn't find one thing easily that would work, until I came across some wire molds in a hardware store. Bingo! The wire molds have worked well because they are light weight, but still durable, easy to cut, and don't require any welding. Here's a picture of the packaging:


I bought two lengths, cut each in half and laid them down, and cut them in the appropriate places, then used epoxy to glue them with a piece of tape on top to keep the pieces in place.



For extra reinforcement I cut extra flat pieces off the stock center part of the grill and used epoxy to attach them to the four joints where the cross members connect.


Flipped over


Next I used adhesive putty on the other side to mold it so it would have "rounded edges."


Sanded down the putty once it was dry a couple hours later using a dremel and and sand paper.


Cut the ends of the cross members and then used a combination of epoxy and the same adhesive putty to hold it in place and mold it.


Right now I'm waiting for the putty to dry so I can so a little sanding and then I will use filler primer and paint it black. I have ordered an extra Toyota emblem and will be adding that to the grill once it arrives.

Let me know what you guys think!
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:25 PM   #4
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Hey Katie!!! Long time buuudy!!!! Nice project you got going on!!! Cant wait to see the finished product on your awesome SW Tacoma!!
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Hey Katie!!! Long time buuudy!!!! Nice project you got going on!!! Cant wait to see the finished product on your awesome SW Tacoma!!
Thanks, a bunch! I'll post more pics to this as soon as it's painted. Good to hear from you!
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I've wanted to do this for a while. I might try and tackle something like this too, I miss the old school grill, I wanna see more pictures once its done!!
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Very nice i like it. Cant wait to see it all done. Great job with being unique +1 rep for u
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Thanks, a bunch! I'll post more pics to this as soon as it's painted. Good to hear from you!
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Damn, that's a pretty cool idea! Can't wait to see how it comes out.
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thats really interesting! Great work! if the weld doesnt hold you could cut those plastic tube things longer and cut a hole in the grille itself and pass it through, then plastic weld it from the backside.. Just a thought

great work im excited to see this when its done!
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thats really interesting! Great work! if the weld doesnt hold you could cut those plastic tube things longer and cut a hole in the grille itself and pass it through, then plastic weld it from the backside.. Just a thought

great work im excited to see this when its done!
Thanks! Blackhawke88, suggested that too, but for whatever reason it never occurred to me. lol
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Thanks! Blackhawke88, suggested that too, but for whatever reason it never occurred to me. lol
Oh neat. =) It looks great so far! Just take your time and it'll come out awesome I'm sure!
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that is awesome i may be doing this. i have an extra grill that i wanna satoshi.


definitely subb'd!!


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