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#1 datsunfreak

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 09:41 AM

I like the look of the "safari" grills, but not the price tag, so I decided to try and make my own...

 

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Found some similar lights at a rummage sale of all places...

 

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Wanted them to be a flush fit, so it's time to get crafty...

 

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Marked off where to cut the ribs of the grill...

 

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Much better. Now the chrome ring of the lights fits flush to the grill face...

 

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Polished the stainless and repainted the ribs and brackets black...

 

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Installed rivnuts in the light backs, made some little brackets to hold them in tight, and lengthened and routed the wires...

 

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Finished product...

 

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For about an hour's work and roughly $30 in materials, I think it looks pretty good. Will look better on the car I think.   :thumbup:


It's your car, just don't ruin it.

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


#2 DatMo

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 09:55 AM

FUCKING AWESOME. Great work and they look awesome!

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#3 datsunfreak

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:36 AM

Thanks.  ^_^


It's your car, just don't ruin it.

 

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:44 AM

Is that one of the new chinese steel craftsman ratchets?


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#5 datsunfreak

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 10:47 AM

Is that one of the new chinese steel craftsman ratchets?

 

:rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:

 

I literally laughed out loud at that. 

 

No sir. For some reason Tim heated and bent that one to do something with it. He loves modifying tools for specific jobs. 


It's your car, just don't ruin it.

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


#6 Lockleaf

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 11:06 AM

Haha awesome. I've been looking at doing that same thing recently. Looks great. I do want to see it on a car though too.

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 11:38 AM

That looks real good. :cool:


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 11:52 AM

I do want to see it on a car though too.

 

As do I. ^_^

 

Will probably pop it on next week to see how it looks. 


It's your car, just don't ruin it.

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option. 

 

 


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Posted 10 September 2017 - 07:58 PM

Looks good!

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 08:04 PM

Looks Clean!!

 

I see you went flush rather than have the lights protrude a little like the sss safari grill?


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:03 AM

I likey.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 01:40 PM

I see you went flush rather than have the lights protrude a little like the sss safari grill?

 

Yes sir. I feel like the Safari lights poke out just a little too much...


It's your car, just don't ruin it.

 

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#13 edekalil

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 02:01 PM

Nice

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 02:29 PM

I started doing this a couple years ago and just never finished it. Glad to see it done and it looks good. Waitin to see it on thr car.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 01:32 PM

Very cool!! :thumbup:   I did a similar grille mod on an MG years back, looked great!  Make sure your grille mounting points are strong cuz of the added weight!

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 01:22 PM

Very cool! But what are the odds of finding those lights now?


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:40 PM

There are a number of aftermarket rectangular fog lights that i think would look just as good still available. Just googling rectangular fog light have a bunch of decent choices

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#18 f1ndM3aTaco

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:09 PM

Nice job, was looking into doing something similar with steel mesh for a front grille, like how roadkill did on their charger... but better



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 12:08 AM

Very nice!

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:19 AM

Love it, nice job. Always been a fan of the safari grill.  


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