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Off topic....but I really like the right fog light being converted to an intake. I'm just about to fit a front mounted intercooler (last parts arrived today) and the routing of the air box intake pipe clashes with the IC pipes. This could be a neat solution. Having briefly flicked through the MOT guide I cant see it being an issue legally as front fogs are not tested and don't need to be present (well they do but only on vehicles for vehicles made after 1/3/18). Hmmmm…...
 

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Wow, this thread was a great read.

Credit to the OP for a painstaking approach to a new look. The stock look is always for me, but to each their own and nobody can say the results aren't interesting and unique.

I fitted some similar mesh to the front grill of a '72 Fiat Spider many years ago.
 

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I love this mod. It makes sense to me that it is an improvement because its a newer style found in the more modern Alfas.

Iv had a go myself with the intention of producing multiples for sale. The only similar grill for sale costs €170 and I think I can make them much cheaper, half the price at least. I messed up 5 hours into the process when I rushed the drying process in the oven and I have warped the plug (item to be copied). The plan was to make a mold from this so i could make fibreglass or carbon copies. Now I have to start all over again. :cry:

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In the mean time, I noticed that the void in my bumper (late 2011 car) is very clean so I have wrapped it in brushed aluminium and cable tied in a grill. The result is a larger grill. I wrapped the badge also but I think it needs to be blacked out. And the red emblem looks more like a Christmas decoration ?

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Some daylight pics after a clean. Im still not liking the red nose. The grill V and the bonnet badge dont line up now so I think a black emblem should sort that. Overall I dont think that the larger grill suits the car so I will eventually go back to plan A and make some fibreglass copies of the original V.

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I have a similar project in the early stages (sourcing bits mainly) and I'm on the scrounge for a V grille at the mo.
 

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Finally had the time to make a few of these (seem to have lots of free time lately). Im selling a kit on ebay UK now (search for alfa 159 v grill) with the mesh, vinyl wrapped V section plus some wrap to de-chrome the bonnet emblem. I made a mould of the modified V section so I can produce copies in carbon or fibreglass.

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Actually looks good in white gel coat. Looks a bit like matt white ceramic.

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My bonnet release was broken when I got the car, its works and it doesn't interfere with the grill. I just need to lift up the bonnet slightly to reach the release.

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I think the same but they seem to be hard to find, and its another cost to the project
I ended up buying a compete bonnet to get the plinth for a decent price as everyone I tried was out of stock/on backorder. Fortunately the bonnet is the same colour as the car so I got pretty much the whole front end including the bonnet release pull lever. I think I paid £260 for the wings, bonnet, bumper/grilles and biXenon lamps.

Anyhoo, if you really want the Brera badge/plinth


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You did a really good job on this, but my 2cent is that the 159 just doesnt suit an empty grille...the light lines need them. I cant get over the line with this point...and i was gonna order one. Best of luck
 

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I’m back. I went with a black wrap in the end.

I think I prefer it to the silver pearl.




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Thanks.
Yes, the light fairing has a joiner on the back and is joined to the factory air box (with K&N filter) with a short flexible hose.

I’m just reading up on the BMC CDA kit to determine I that’s the next thing I change.
 

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I tried that on mine last time I had the bumper off as I had parts that would do the job....but I found it impossible to route to pipe from the highlight aperture to the factory airbox (factory intake removed of course)...just too much in the way...Will try again at some point.
 
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