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Old 03-21-2012, 12:21 AM   #1
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65 mustang grill possibilities?

Modifying a 66 grill for a buddy of mine. I'm deleting the bracket part of it and making it look like a one piece grill. I was wondering if a 05 and up grill is similar enough to fit in a 65 opening. Didn't know if anyone had tried yet? If not I might do the same thing as I'm doing for my buddy. Its just super time consuming. The grill is to soft to use a dremel or disk. Didn't know if anyone had any better ways to do it besides a file. Took me about an hour just to do the one section as shown in the pic
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:55 PM   #2
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One side done. Any info on fitment of a 05 grill on a 65??
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:12 PM   #3
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Sorry but I don't know. Just wanted you to know you're not alone out there
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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Haha thanks I was starting to feel like I was
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:14 PM   #5
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Finished, stripped all paint, what do you guys think, looks like it should've been stock
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Looks real nice bro! So let me get this right, you got a recent grill 05 and modified it to fit onto a 65? What a cool idea. Hope you show us your finished product I stalled.
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:35 PM   #7
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No I haven't done that yet. I just did a 66 grill to make it look like one solid grill. Usually there is a bracket in the middle to hold the horse and corral. I want to take a 05 gt grill with fog lights and fit I to my 65 fastback
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How does the stripped of paint grill look on the car? I'm interested in seeing that. I might do it on mine if I like it.
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Haven't seen it on yet. I'm going to make myself one and I'll send you a pic when I finish or if I see my buddies
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That would be great
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Got mine done and slipped it in there for a quick pick while I was doing the front valance fitment and seam finishing.
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Looks really good!
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Modifying a 66 grill for a buddy of mine. I'm deleting the bracket part of it and making it look like a one piece grill. I was wondering if a 05 and up grill is similar enough to fit in a 65 opening. Didn't know if anyone had tried yet? If not I might do the same thing as I'm doing for my buddy. Its just super time consuming. The grill is to soft to use a dremel or disk. Didn't know if anyone had any better ways to do it besides a file. Took me about an hour just to do the one section as shown in the pic
A dremel or die grinder will work, you just have to be careful and use an aluminum cutting bit.
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I tried a diamond tip disk and it was hopping all over the place, what disk or file are you suggesting, if you could get a link to one it would be much appreciated
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I tried a diamond tip disk and it was hopping all over the place, what disk or file are you suggesting, if you could get a link to one it would be much appreciated
They are carbide burs. The coarse toothed ones are for aluminum so they don't "load up" or "clog up" as badly. Make sure you get the correct shank size for your machine.


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Yea I have those too, just more precise with the file. I would've only used the dremel to get the majority of the bracket out but the drill did quite a bit of it already. I like disks cause they cut straight at least, it might just be me but I don't have the steadiest hands haha
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Yea I have those too, just more precise with the file. I would've only used the dremel to get the majority of the bracket out but the drill did quite a bit of it already. I like disks cause they cut straight at least, it might just be me but I don't have the steadiest hands haha
If you are set on using disks then you will have to get some that are built to be used with aluminum. Other wise they will just clog up quickly and jump around like you described. I always use the burs to "hog out" what I'm cutting then clean it up with a file or sanding disk.

P.S. Also when the disks clog up they can get to hot and shatter. Then you have particles coming at you from around 10,000 to 20,000 rpm.
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