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Its worth a try mate, cheers, my bonnet catch has actually snapped anyways just means I have to stick my finger further into the grill to locate it.

It's either your method, b) make the grill detachable with clips, or c) Make a flap or corner of the grill bendable / to give access to the bonnet catch.
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Didn't work. Started hack sawing the bars off the grill, then outer surround became too week and eventually it snapped. Its not possible at all to do it this way and achieve what the OP has done in the pic.

My opinion is OP looks to just have the chrome edges and not an entire grill, perhaps he just had the plastic outer edge made up and had a grill mesh attached to the rear of the out edge behind it.
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Maybe you have to strengthen the outer edge first

I have some contacts at my old job that have access to 3D scanners and 3D printers (and a lot of spare time ), if they smell business I bet they'll be willing to help

I was about to buy one of those hideous "tuning" grilles and have them scan it. Then I could modify the mesh myself (or at least I can try, that's the most affordable part)
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You could try, its a lot of work though.

I just bought a new grille, got some mesh, stuck it between the bars, plasti-dipped the bars and it looks plausible. Its a lot of hassle, but good luck with it if you go ahead.

At the moment I'm more concerned about dealing with a prang, getting the alloys refurbed and bumper done, praying it won't be alot to fix.
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You said that if you cut the bars the whole thing becomes too weak (because it's hollow). But what it if you fill the back with body filler BEFORE removing the bars?
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Yes you could try that, although beware, the plastic takes some sawing to get through. It's actually a very thin piece of plastic, that's the problem, you'd have to double or triple thickness in some parts to avoid cracking.
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What do you think about this grill? http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/2016...8a61b6e6cb.jpg


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Not bad, but I prefer the stock one.
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The good thing about the grill sold by the website linked in page 2 is the 360 high-resolution view of the grill, including the back

EDIT: I don't know if I'm allowed to post the direct link to the high-resolution images (and I'm too lazy to read the rules ) but PM me if you want them
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The good thing about the grill sold by the website linked in page 2 is the 360 high-resolution view of the grill, including the back

EDIT: I don't know if I'm allowed to post the direct link to the high-resolution images (and I'm too lazy to read the rules ) but PM me if you want them


Very informative. Thank you.


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Yeah although to be honest, the standard original 159 grill would be alot easier to cut through that the sport one posted above. Its why it cracked for me, I had to cut through it to get to the bars I needed to cut.
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Yeah although to be honest, the standard original 159 grill would be alot easier to cut through that the sport one posted above. Its why it cracked for me, I had to cut through it to get to the bars I needed to cut.
I'll have to make a trip to the breakyard then

I'm optimist about it, there are a lot of 159s in italy and it's one of the most popular Police/Carabinieri cars, I bet I can source a grill there
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Good news - cutting the bits from a standard grille no problems used a junior hacksaw blade ( out of the saw so you can get pretty flat )
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Nice!!! Now I REALLY have to go to the scrap yard
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Nice mate, good luck. How do you plan on attaching the grille? Don't forget to add a slight curve aswell.
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Nice mate, good luck. How do you plan on attaching the grille? Don't forget to add a slight curve aswell.
Cheers! Its taking a while ( recently had a newborn) but the standings taking shape got some filler with fibreglass in for strength. As for the grill I'm investigating adhesives thinking a really strong 2part should do it.
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Good stuff, if you perfect the formula, you could may think about charging for this type of grill. Are you going to leave a small clearing gap at the top of the grill mesh to allow enough room to reach in and flick the bonnet catch?
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Hey guys,

any news on that, as I'm also very interested in this grill.
Would be good to know how you will attach the mesh and how do you flat the sides where the bars were attached.

congrats for your newborn, MrBrown!!! Enjoy the time
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Hi Guys,

Restarted this project.

Managed to hack off the bars, sand it down, now attempting to remove the rest of the chrome on the grille by leaving it in a bucket of bleach.

Plan on getting it down to plastic before painting, however it seems the bleach is not removing the chrome as initially expected. Any other ideas to remove the chrome foil? I suppose I could just resort to sanding the whole thing down or using a heat gun to try and remove the majority of it however I would have though something would have been able to penetrate it.

If successful I will write a how-to tutorial on how to do this.

Note the pic on the first page is either a very good photoshop or the bloke has had the grille fabricated from scratch as it looks like a single outer piece of the grille with no bars ever being present. It is not a genuine giulia grille either as these are much larger and probably have totally different fixings.

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Well the initial idea was not possible for me, however I've gone for the next best thing.

Vinyl wrapped the bars and bought a brera nose, now just waiting on the black and silver badge.

What a pain in the arse that was!
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Well the initial idea was not possible for me, however I've gone for the next best thing.

Vinyl wrapped the bars and bought a brera nose, now just waiting on the black and silver badge.

What a pain in the arse that was!
Did exactly the same, and I love the effect, imo there was too much chrome.
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Must admit that does look good on the car
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Did exactly the same, and I love the effect, imo there was too much chrome.
How does your fare against stone chips? I was thinking of adding a clear-bra layer ontop of the vinyl just at the front edge to protect it?
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How does your fare against stone chips? I was thinking of adding a clear-bra layer ontop of the vinyl just at the front edge to protect it?
Its been on for about 5 months and is still in good condition. I have lots of vinyl left if one slat needs retrimming.
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