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Project Retro Grill

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by yotanator, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:18 PM
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    yotanator

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

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    I began by using this Satoshi writeup:

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/28831-my-satoshi-grill-write-up.html

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

    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
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    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:
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    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.
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    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.
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    Flipped over
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    Next I used adhesive putty on the other side to mold it so it would have "rounded edges."
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    Sanded down the putty once it was dry a couple hours later using a dremel and and sand paper.
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    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.
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    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. :D

    Let me know what you guys think! ;)
     
  2. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:21 PM
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    That's bad ass, great work!
     
  3. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:25 PM
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    Thanks!
     
  4. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:25 PM
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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!!:eek::D
     
  5. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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    :D:D Thanks, a bunch! I'll post more pics to this as soon as it's painted. Good to hear from you! :D
     
  6. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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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!!
     
  7. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:27 PM
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    WOW SWEET YOU GO GIRL!:popcorn:
     
  8. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:29 PM
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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
     
  9. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:29 PM
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    Damn, that's a pretty cool idea! :thumbsup: Can't wait to see how it comes out.
     
  10. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:32 PM
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  11. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:32 PM
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    Thanks everyone!!!
     
  12. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:35 PM
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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!
     
  13. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:38 PM
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    awesome, subscribed.
     
  14. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:45 PM
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    Thanks! Blackhawke88, suggested that too, but for whatever reason it never occurred to me. lol
     
  15. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:45 PM
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    Nicely done so far!
     
  16. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:48 PM
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    Oh neat. =) It looks great so far! Just take your time and it'll come out awesome I'm sure!
     
  18. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:51 PM
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    Thank you all!
     
  19. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:53 PM
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    that is awesome i may be doing this. i have an extra grill that i wanna satoshi.


    definitely subb'd!!


    Oh and +Rep for being unique!
     
  20. Mar 17, 2010 at 9:58 PM
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    Wow! Can't wait to see how it comes out!!
     
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