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« Reply #50 on: August 03, 2010, 12:15:29 PM »

I am trying to find out what color the piece between the bottom of the grille (1969) and the bumper was from the factory. I guess it would be called a filler panel. Was it black plasitc/semi gloss black or was it the color of the body? Mine was painted to match the body which was a non stock color. I am now painting the car black and was wondering what color to paint the seperator? Thanks for any info...

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« Reply #51 on: August 03, 2010, 01:39:15 PM »

Black. no matter what color the car is that part is to be black.
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« Reply #52 on: May 12, 2011, 03:21:01 PM »

Wow guys! those look wicked! I need to find a '70 Grille so I can start my resto on it... would you guys know of a good place I could look for one?
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« Reply #53 on: May 13, 2011, 07:44:06 AM »

Also, whats like a good deal for one of these? I've seen some for like $600 bucks w/ a few broken fins. I don't know what would be worth what I'm paying
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« Reply #54 on: June 15, 2011, 05:13:02 AM »

Before and after....(have to put trim on still)

my dear god that looks soooooo cool!! lovee it. what did you do? just some painting and filling?
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« Reply #55 on: July 03, 2011, 08:33:56 PM »

I'm restoring my '69 I bought last week, and need the passenger side of the grille only one I could find in better shape was $850 anyone know of cheaper? the rest of the grille on my car is in great shape except the chrome
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« Reply #56 on: December 13, 2011, 12:10:09 PM »

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« Reply #57 on: December 14, 2011, 10:03:36 PM »

I am having some problems removing my grille in in a 69 Charger. I have everything undone, from what I can see, but I seem to be stuck around the headlight area.  Is there something that I need to undo around there to get the grille out? It seems like I need to take the rod out that opens and closes the headlight, but I am not sure. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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« Reply #58 on: May 01, 2012, 11:30:08 PM »

I am having some problems removing my grille in in a 69 Charger. I have everything undone, from what I can see, but I seem to be stuck around the headlight area.  Is there something that I need to undo around there to get the grille out? It seems like I need to take the rod out that opens and closes the headlight, but I am not sure. Any help is appreciated. Thanks

Have you removed the two bolts in the brackets on each side BEHIND the headlights? They go straight into the inner fender just below the headlight doors.
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« Reply #59 on: June 10, 2013, 10:30:00 PM »

Great thread compilation! I am just starting on a 68 grill with the following issue. As you can see, the plastic backing piece is pretty rough. I think I can epoxy some missing chunks, or use the "melted grill material" technique to build it up. However, the protruding end pieces, that fill in the space above the bumper, are gone completely. Any ideas on how to build these out? Anybody sell this piece intact? What is it even called? Thanks in advance.



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« Reply #60 on: June 10, 2013, 10:36:11 PM »

Looks like you have enough of a profile to make a mold and make a patch to fill in the missing pieces.  You'd have to sculpt in your two ends.  If you want someone to do it for you, Gswrestorations@aol.com .  I haven't had any work done by him yet, but others have and seem happy with the results.

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« Reply #61 on: June 11, 2013, 03:49:22 PM »

Thank you!
I would like to do it myself, if possible. The main issue is how to template the pieces that stick out at the lower front lip. The straight pieces are easy, as I can use the existing panel as a guide. But the curvy parts that stick out are clearly more free form. Any ideas on this?
And thanks for the welcome. This is my first Charger. It will be a resto-mod and you will be hearing more from me Cheesy
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« Reply #62 on: December 07, 2013, 11:27:38 PM »

Thank you!
I would like to do it myself, if possible. The main issue is how to template the pieces that stick out at the lower front lip. The straight pieces are easy, as I can use the existing panel as a guide. But the curvy parts that stick out are clearly more free form. Any ideas on this?
And thanks for the welcome. This is my first Charger. It will be a resto-mod and you will be hearing more from me Cheesy


When I swapped out my original grille with a spare, before I tucked it away, I made molds of both corners so that I could repair other grilles I came across.  If someone near you has a good grille and would be willing to spare about an hour, you or he  or both of you could easily make molds with any bodyfiller.  It comes out very accurate and works perfect for a form to repair missing corners...even if the whole area is missing.  Here is one side that I made .  I taped off the grille very well so that the filler doesn't stick and damage the grille, and gently pry the mold out after it hardened.  worked like a charm.

Before repair:


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« Reply #63 on: December 07, 2013, 11:28:44 PM »

after making mold:


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« Reply #64 on: December 07, 2013, 11:39:39 PM »

grille after repair:


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« Reply #65 on: December 07, 2013, 11:40:24 PM »

Looks pretty good 2thumbs
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« Reply #66 on: December 09, 2013, 08:00:16 AM »

Yeah, nice job!
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« Reply #67 on: December 09, 2013, 07:38:16 PM »

Very nice job! 2thumbs cheers
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« Reply #68 on: May 23, 2014, 10:21:12 AM »

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« Reply #69 on: January 05, 2015, 05:17:08 PM »

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« Reply #70 on: July 13, 2015, 12:03:57 AM »

I painted mine recently. Thanks to whomever decided to recommend the SEM Titanium Metallic paint (15253). That's what I ended up using.

I went with semi-gloss black and decided to shoot the vertical bars black instead of the factory silver as I thought it looked better.

You will notice the grille is also painted black where the wide surrounding piece is instead of silver. A previous owner did that. I don't think it looks too bad.


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« Reply #71 on: July 13, 2015, 12:30:34 AM »

Comparison shot of a blue car with the silver surround and the silver vertical bars (like the factory did it).


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« Reply #72 on: July 16, 2015, 10:57:38 AM »

Man, that turned out nice !   2thumbs
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« Reply #73 on: December 11, 2016, 08:34:17 PM »

Here's my thread on my 68 grille restomodded to include angel eye HID headlamps. The post has lots of pics and general how-to on repairing and molding the plastic components.

http://www.dodgecharger.com/forum/index.php/topic,118025.0.html









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« Reply #74 on: July 09, 2017, 02:42:04 PM »

Mostly finished with my '71 hideaways... some pics here:

https://www.facebook.com/plum500/posts/737962233074102
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