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post #91 of 94 (permalink) Old 06-20-2019, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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The grill work I had was nicely restored by Santo and Anthony but when I brought the car in the trim hourglass shaped "blanks" that go in between the headlight rings were missing. So plastic blanks having a mesh imprint were installed. I looked all over the internet for original 1750 GTV mesh blanks. Other than the plastic type I couldn't find any.

Here's a look at the grill, not bad at all, but the lack of continuity with the plastic still kind of nagged. Also a crack had developed at the top of the blank.

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So I emailed Alfaholics hoping to purchase just the 2 stainless mesh end blanks that come with their CROO6/5 GTA style stainless mesh grill kit. The entire kit was out of budget, plus I like and wanted to maintain the 1750 look. Richard emailed back that it was possible and I had them in a few days. When they arrived they were stainless of course, but I wanted them to match the matte black consistent with the look of the rest of the 1750 grill. The lobes for the fastener screws had not been drilled and the lobes didn't quite match the fastener openings of the plastic blanks.

I centered and drilled each lobe and took time to clean up the backside mesh wherever there were "sharpies". Then I found Tortoise Industries nearby. They powder coat in volume, but agreed to prep the pieces and fold them in with a production line job of the same color. About a week later they called to say they were ready.

Here are the plastic blanks off the car.

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And here are the mesh blanks after Tortoise Industries powder coated them for me.

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Here's the new setup on the car.
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Are the centre grill pieces "standard"?

Just wondering
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Hi Pete, No, the bright-work center heart and adjacent wings are...as well as the matte black grill frame. The interior mesh within the frame was on the car when I bought it from the previous owner. That's the look I wanted to match.

I did find original looking 1750 grills, sans heart, for purchase. I think that material is an expanded sheet metal with a diamond pattern to it. My problem was I found no one had the corresponding hourglass shaped blanks.

Your project looks awesome by the way!

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Okay now if makes sense and yes your final grill "works" and matches nicely.

I'm missing an hour glass ... but as you demonstrate finding one that is not cracked is a challenge
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