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: New Grill


mad-machine
16th February 2009, 02:46 PM
Sorry for the delay, needed time to get to this project finished to my liking.

I got tired of the peeling chrome on my ng900 grill so I peeled it off and tried painting it.. looked ok, but I wanted a dash of flash to set off the front. This got me looking at both my E36 bmw and newer saabs when it hit me.. the chrome centre bar from the new 9-3 and 9-5 is about the same width as the big opening in the 900/9-3 grill..

So I give you this:

First you seperate the outer shell from the inner grill and cut away the centre bar and fill and sand:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/mad-machine/Dyrfinna/SaabGrill003.jpg

and you cut away the centre of the inner section where the centre bar went:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/mad-machine/Dyrfinna/SaabGrill002.jpg

some sanding on the outer shell to smooth out the filled areas where the centre bar went and some paint:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/mad-machine/Dyrfinna/SaabGrill001.jpg

And you get a hybrid NH900/9-5 grill.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/mad-machine/Dyrfinna/SaabGrill004.jpg

Sorry, no pics on how the centre bar went... but I cut out the part that retains the chrome section on the 9-5 grill and trimmed it to fit before liberally epoxying it into place on my cut grill.

And on the car:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/mad-machine/Dyrfinna/SaabGrill005.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/mad-machine/Dyrfinna/SaabGrill007.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v320/mad-machine/Dyrfinna/SaabGrill006.jpg

Once the weather breaks, I can finish sanding the polishing the paint and replacing the bumpers with better undamaged ones.

99Saabnut
16th February 2009, 02:48 PM
Very interesting hybrid there, looks pretty good! ;)

JonRush01
16th February 2009, 03:12 PM
Nice job, that looks great matched with the body. Eventually I'm going to match my grille with the body of my car i just have to find the right color :roll:

wannaB
16th February 2009, 04:06 PM
Good job. I painted mine purple metalic under a coat of gloss black. The purple shows through in the sun. Photo bucket isn't working for me or I'd show pics of my car. My car is blue. But I'm changing things around when it gets warmer out. I got a set of 17" 6 spoke whites. changing my mesh to white to go with it.

9-3Pilot
16th February 2009, 05:23 PM
Good job. I painted mine purple metalic under a coat of gloss black. The purple shows through in the sun. Photo bucket isn't working for me or I'd show pics of my car. My car is blue. But I'm changing things around when it gets warmer out. I got a set of 17" 6 spoke whites. changing my mesh to white to go with it.

White always works so well with blue. Pictures when you are done!

comtrang
16th February 2009, 07:16 PM
I really like the grille, goes with the white car really well. But I've gotta honestly say that it's the only alteration I like on your front end ;oops:.

mad-machine
16th February 2009, 08:16 PM
you are right.. I find the vents to be a mistake myself.. thankfully I have a pristine hood waiting paint.. my hood was not pristine, so I had no issues cutting it.


Vents are going on my Bimmer

comtrang
17th February 2009, 12:00 AM
Oh ok, that's good news..

..other than that, looks great with the new grille!

watkins
17th February 2009, 12:57 AM
Thats pretty cool