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PostPosted: April 5, 2017, 9:27 pm 
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Does anyone make these? I am slowly working towards finishing my Locost. I want a simple grille with a "7" in the middle.

Any advice?

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 Post subject: Re: Front Grille
PostPosted: April 5, 2017, 10:44 pm 
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Are you looking for the grille or the "7" emblem? The grille you can make from a expanded metal, screen, architectural screen, etc. Mine is actually a cookie/cake cooling rack. The "7" is another story. There was a group buy on some plasma cut stainless "7"s about a year ago on this forum. He might have some left. Do a search for it. Let me know if you can't find it. Russ

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 Post subject: Re: Front Grille
PostPosted: April 6, 2017, 2:49 am 
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Hi James,

I considered trying to make very 7 type grill. However what I wanted was beyond alot more effort than I wanted to exert for a grille. When a grille guard from a wrecked Peterbuilt became available I used it. Then when Botbasher offered up the '7' unsert I had to have one. Here's how mine looks. YMMV

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PostPosted: April 6, 2017, 6:43 pm 
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I like to think your car's grill ultimately reflects the pride and craftsmanship of your car. That said, the simple wire mesh screen (got mine at McMaster-Carr) works pretty darn good.
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Yup, botbasher put together an awesome group buy on the grille emblems that he had made. You could see if he still has any left, I think he had a few extras when it was all done. Here's mine, the rest of the grill is just fine expanded metal that I took from a large air filter and painted black.

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PostPosted: April 7, 2017, 7:32 pm 
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turbo_bird wrote:
Yup, botbasher put together an awesome group buy on the grille emblems that he had made. You could see if he still has any left, I think he had a few extras when it was all done. Here's mine, the rest of the grill is just fine expanded metal that I took from a large air filter and painted black.

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Thanks! I will see if botbasher has any. I like the examples that all of you have shown.

BTW Kristian, I like the look you created. It is a lot like mine. I like the non fender look and open side engine compartment. Mine has open engine compartment mainly for cooling and to accommodate my big honking turbo!!

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PostPosted: April 7, 2017, 7:35 pm 
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Also how did y'all connect the "7" to the wire mesh grille?

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Also how did y'all connect the "7" to the wire mesh grille?


We were given the choice of "with or without" mounting studs. IIRC, turbo_bird got his with studs.

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I got one of each. The studless one does make a good wall ornament though. The studs are welded on the back of the stainless insert and just poke through the grill with some nylock nuts on them.
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I dont know if there are any Sevens left, but I did the CAD file that was used. PM me if you want a copy.
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PostPosted: April 12, 2017, 12:27 pm 
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JPS Europa wrote:
I dont know if there are any Sevens left, but I did the CAD file that was used. PM me if you want a copy.
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Thanks! I might need that. My uncle has a Torchmate plasma cutting table. His has software that can take that file and then make it.

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