Repair your broken Grille Tabs.

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Repair your broken Grille Tabs.

Post by Briano1234 » Fri May 30, 2014 12:19 pm

My Grille tabs are broken.

Have you heard that crack, and snap as the upper grille tabs break, leaving you to use wire-ties to secure the grille.
Have you seen a grille that was better than yours save for a couple of tabs broken?

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Well here is how I repaired mine.

Take a sheet of metal, or aluminum.

Place it down in to the channel, and draw a outline of what you need to cut out.
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Note there are 2 sets of lines, the one that is even to the plastic is for the bend.
The other is a rough outline of how wide it should be.

Use a dremel or tin snips rough cut it out.

Make a Tin Brake to bend the metal at 90 degrees.
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Using a Dremel, cut the broken tab off flush with the body of the grille.
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Take your rough cut metal and lay it in the grill so you can final trim it.
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It needs to be flush with the top of the plastic.

Center punch 3 holes in the metal tab.
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I drilled 3 3/16s holes side by side then used mt Dremel to make it square.

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Drill about 4 holes evenly spaced in the top of the grill the size of your small pop rivets.
mine were 1/8.

Lay the metal in the grove center it, and mark the metal for the holes you just drilled.
You will center punch and drill 1/8 holes.

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Fit in to place and "pop" the rivets home.
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Paint to match and your grill should work jut fine.

For the bottom, I cut a piece of tin the width, Drilled a couple of holes in it. and bent at a 90

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Held it in place and drilled the metal holes into the plastic.
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"pop" rivet it from the top and bottom.
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enjoy.
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