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 Post subject: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:41 pm 
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ive seen a picture of an EL fairmont with a mesh installed in the front grill and i like the look of it. Just wondering if anyone knows how this can be done? And also if the mesh itself comes in a range of colours? as i have a moccha foam colour car (goldish).
Here is a picture of what i am talking about it is off atechnica81's gallery. Heres a link to the picture of what i mean.

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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:46 pm 
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it is where the ford badge is im talking about not on the front bumper.

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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:30 am 
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do whatever you wanna do with sourcing your type of mesh and colour of it (or colour it yourself)
undo the bolts holding the grill on the the inside of your bumper. you'll need a 10mm tube socket.
the black inserts are like sorta melted over the insert holes but really easy to break off the excess then just pull apart, then cut mesh to shape and apply accordingly to suit taste.
getting an EF fairmont grill would be a much easier if you don't want the ford bade solid surround. but then you have the problem of no blingy chrome.
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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:49 am 
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thanks a lot for that mate sounds good, any tips for wat to use to hold the mesh in place?
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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:47 am 
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Nathanhrv wrote:
thanks a lot for that mate sounds good, any tips for wat to use to hold the mesh in place?


You can remelt the plastic over the mesh or just use any weatherproof glue, such as all purpose silicone. Should do the trick or some high strength stuff.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:08 am 
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Is it similar for the ef fairmont? I wanted to take the plastic grill off and put mesh in its place

 

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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:21 am 
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thanks phongus sounds alrite, if i was to melt the plastic would a soldering iron be enough to melt it do u think? if not i mite just grab some silicon and hopefuly doesnt look too cheap haha thanks mate
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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:06 pm 
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thanks phongus sounds alrite, if i was to melt the plastic would a soldering iron be enough to melt it do u think? if not i mite just grab some silicon and hopefuly doesnt look too cheap haha thanks mate


You can do it with a soldering iron...but it will be a b**ch to clean the plastic off the tip. Also it stinks. Also I am not sure when you remove the original backing, if there will be much plastic left for you to remelt the mesh on.

I am sure there are better things to use to stick to it...have a browse at bunnings or something.

I will be experimenting myself once I replace my damaged one with a goody.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:41 pm 
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I'd say use a hot glue gun. can buy cheap one from a craftstore
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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:12 pm 
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thanks guys, just wondering how i would actually do it if anyone has ideas, ive been told to just snap the black plastic strips above and below the ford badge off and then just place mesh in there but that seems like a bit of a dodgy job. is there a more professional way to do it?
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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:35 pm 
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Johnny C wrote:
I'd say use a hot glue gun. can buy cheap one from a craftstore


I wouldn't use hot glue gun. At about 40 degrees ambient temperature, the glue will start to flow. Most hot glue will have a creep viscosity...whereby under load it will start to flow and eventually fail. Hence hot glue gun usually used in crafting due to chances of it being exposed to hot temperatures is pretty low. Silicone is your best bet...it sticks, weather proof and is quiet versatile.

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thanks guys, just wondering how i would actually do it if anyone has ideas, ive been told to just snap the black plastic strips above and below the ford badge off and then just place mesh in there but that seems like a bit of a dodgy job. is there a more professional way to do it?


From what I can see, the black plastic is held on by melted plastic tabs. You can cut/break the melted tabs off and it should come off. Then you can place the mesh behind it, glue it into place or create a frame with mesh and stick that to the back of the grill.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:18 am 
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thanks for the help guys especially phongus, ive got the multi purpose silicon and the mesh and i went to take the grille off and i had a mind blank on how to take it off. the first two bolts (lower end of grille) i removed by taking the nuts off with a ratchet and socket, but the top two bolts i couldnt think of a way to remove them as it was an extended bolt and the nut was right at the top so a socket wouldnt reach the nut and also a spanner wont fit in to get to the nut as its situated inside the actual bonnet (theres a circle cut out of underneath of bonnet but its not very big), the answer is probably sitting right in front of me but i thought id pick your brains and see if ne1 has any ideas, i can post a pic if yas want. i also tried a shifter but it was too awkward and couldnt get it in properly, ill have another crack 2nite and see how i go.

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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:28 pm 
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You'll need a 10mm deep socket (will also help to have an extension bar) to get those 2 nuts removed retaining the grill. There actually should be 4 nuts holding it in along the top, but almost every EL Fairmont I have removed a grill from seems to only have the middle 2 in place.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:45 am 
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yeah mine only has the two at the top thats weird, anyway thanks mate ill c if i can find one around the house

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 Post subject: Re: EL front grill mesh modification
Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:17 am 
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no luck i couldnt get my hands on an deep socket ive just got the normal short head socket set, are there any other ways to get to this nut?
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