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Question: How do I repaira front grille for a 69 Charger?
Buy a new piece for 400.00 - 9 (28.1%)
zFix it yerself !!! - 23 (71.9%)
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« on: June 22, 2007, 02:47:21 PM »

 cheers OK-I bet a lot of you 69 Charger guys DO NOT want to pay 375.00 plus 25.00 shipping on a new PLASTIC center grille piece. Well- Repair it then!. ABS plastic loves being married to Fibreglass and BONDO!

Step 1:  Take the good half of the grille, stick aluminum foil on front of the good side and pour 1/2" thick BONDO. Let this "mold" dry.
NOW-remove ALL the Aluminum foil !!!
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Next day-Add fiberglass without the releasing agent! Using a scotch brite wheel,shape the piece of Repair-panel you are making;then, mold it to fit as shown.

Step 3: Fit/glass the new piece into place !

Step 4:
 Stay tuned for more pictures (tomorrow ) !!!


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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2007, 02:51:39 PM »

 :2thumbs:Wait-there is more... 2thumbs Twocents


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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2007, 02:55:45 PM »

 Shocked The marriage of Plastic/glass together in 1/8" thickness...

More Pics of progress tomorrow...


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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2007, 04:01:03 PM »

 2thumbs nAs my 5 year old Molly says..."Daddy-use POSSICLE Stix"...
O.K.  Here goes.... scratchchin lol Twocents smilielol


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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2007, 04:06:50 PM »

 2thumbs lol smilielol Twocents
http://www.dodgecharger.com/forum/index.php/topic,30406.0.html
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2007, 05:12:37 PM »

Lookin good Tesh  2thumbs
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2007, 05:53:56 PM »

Damn Tesh, why did you let out our little secret???  We could've made millions
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2007, 06:50:16 PM »

Popsicle sicks ain't just for popsicles anymore, I guess. smilielol Cheaper than a new grille, too. icon_smile_big
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2007, 09:05:56 PM »

Hmmm, impressive. yesnod
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2007, 09:49:16 PM »

Looks like a lot of work.....  Good thinkin' though  bow bow bow
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2007, 08:18:56 AM »

I don't think I would try what you have done but I applaud your efforts.  It's refreshing to see folks doing things like this.  I really enjoy threads of how folks have tackled restoration issues and solved them to their satisfaction.  Everyone can't pick up the phone and order a $300 or $400 part.  Sometimes, that's where Yankee ingenuity comes in.
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2007, 07:21:24 PM »

Got the HEMI emblem embedded within the LEFT Headlight Door. Gettin'er dun... 2thumbs cheers


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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2007, 07:24:13 PM »

more... eek


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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2007, 09:32:22 AM »

Keep them pics coming Tesh  2thumbs
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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2007, 12:35:25 PM »

 patriot Hoa Troop !
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« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2007, 01:47:23 PM »

Uhhh.... Those grille centers are less than $375:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/69-DODGE-CHARGER-GRILLE-GRILLES-NEW_W0QQitemZ250135030212QQihZ015QQcategoryZ33645QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2007, 01:58:24 PM »


buy it for him then
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« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2007, 02:08:39 PM »

What's a Duktona?
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« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2007, 02:19:18 PM »

What's a Duktona?

http://www.dodgecharger.com/forum/index.php/topic,27469.0.html
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« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2007, 12:27:17 AM »

Oh...OK. Lots of creativity. Looks like fun.
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« Reply #20 on: June 25, 2007, 09:21:13 AM »

 ;)Look- My dotter-Miss Miss Molly en I had to go GOLD Panning down on the creek them Duke Boyz jumped-JUST to AFFORD the fiberglass en BONDO necessary to have Cooter put the General back together for this weekend's race: www.sovren.org


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« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2007, 06:10:55 PM »

Cute pic of your daughter!!!  icon_smile_wink Now, that's cool  Wink Wink Wink Helpin' Good 'Ol' Dad.  2thumbs
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« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2007, 07:31:47 PM »

gettin her dun... cheers


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« Reply #23 on: June 27, 2007, 02:19:32 PM »

 cheers
Chrome trim is next.
CHECK Out the embedded HEMI emblem in LH Door. It is from the new MAGNUM
for 2006 and available at any CDODGE dealership parts counter for $ 15.00. I simply embedded a small aluminum plate within the HL door and then stuck the emblem on(it comes supplied with double sided sticky tape).
-TESH scratchchin


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« Reply #24 on: June 27, 2007, 02:25:33 PM »

looks about 1 million times better good job dude!! 2thumbs
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« Reply #25 on: June 27, 2007, 04:25:17 PM »

wanna sell it?
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« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2007, 05:21:39 PM »

That's it Mark, I'm sending you some parts  icon_smile_big Great job  2thumbs
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« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2007, 07:32:44 PM »

 cheers

Go Ahead...BOSS Bacon and BOSS Sausage won't mind'em sent to THEIR Boar's Nest !!! Yee Haw !!!
Send Miss Daisy while yeer at it, too !!!

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« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2007, 07:59:18 PM »

Mark
That is MINT!!!  Nice job and thanks for the pics!
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« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2007, 08:26:47 PM »

awsome job looks great, and love the "sloos-box-molly" pic lol
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« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2007, 03:07:02 PM »

cheers

Go Ahead...BOSS Bacon and BOSS Sausage won't mind'em sent to THEIR Boar's Nest !!! Yee Haw !!!
Send Miss Daisy while yeer at it, too !!!

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« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2007, 03:56:32 PM »

 cheers
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OK-The Front end assembly goes together like this. Note: Stainless-steel fasteners, wherever possible !
Ready for installation-AFTER the 392 (396 at  30 over) goes in... 2thumbs


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« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2007, 04:41:13 PM »

Looks great  2thumbs it also looks like the good ole north west rain got ya!
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« Reply #33 on: June 29, 2007, 02:47:41 PM »

Very clean!  thumbs Looks like that hemi emblem turned out great!
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« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2008, 12:19:05 AM »

 2thumbs thats amazing. i was just thinking bout repairing my eye piece with aluminum and filler+bondo . beautiful job on the hemi emblem  cheers
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« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2008, 12:28:16 AM »

The picture titled "Dscn5418.jpg" will help me out alot when I put my grille assembly back together. Thanks man! cheers
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« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2008, 02:33:39 PM »

Nice Grille Restoration!

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