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I have finally completed a few of my winter mod projects. I have all of my mesh grilles finished and installed, and I put the original rear panel back on. I removed it to put Phil's clam hinge on but I just didn't like the open look. It took a little bit of modification to the rear panel and 3 additional thumbscrews, but I got it to work. You can see in the one picture the gap that is between the rear panel and the clam once all the thumb screws are removed

I was able to do the front grilles without removing the clam. The screws that are in the center grille area are just to fill up the holes that the original plastic grille mounted in. I did drill a new hole on each oil cooler grille and installed a matching screw that actually holds the grille in place. I figured that I would do it this way because I used the same screws on the grilles for the rear of the car. Please let me know what you guys think of how it looks.

The side scoops were a bit tricky and time consuming. I needed them be sturdy enough just being mounted to the lower portion of the car, because of the clam hinge. I am really happy with the the way they turned out. And they are mounted with just 3 screws each and they are very secure. I just have a little bit more tweaking to the side scoops just to make them look more finished when the clam is tilted.


I also finished installing my HID's this afternoon. Still on the list for winter mods include finishing the painting of the engine covers and some interior parts, installing my multivex mirrors, and polishing up the E-brake handle and shifter lever and ball.

Here are some pics, the car is rather dirty and dusty and please excuse the clutter in the garage.
 

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more pics
 

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still more
 

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last two
 

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Looks great, though your turn signals look.... jumpy?
I have not snapped them back in yet. I might get the stealth bulbs for them and I had such a hard time getting them out, I don't really want to try to do it again until I really have to. I have heard of many people cracking the mounting clip while removing them.
 

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Are you willing to make the side grills for sale.
Did you have to drill anything for them.

They look great.

Cheers.......Phil
 

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Terrific. Great work.
 

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The mesh grilles look great!

What HID setup did you use?
 

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Sorry if this is a dumb questions, I was wondering the tilting clam is somthing you modify yourself or it coming from factory? All along, I only see the picture of the Clam being remove rather than tilt like your.
 

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Nice work on the side air inlets...never seen it done that way before.

How did you manage to retain the oem rear panel with phil's clam hinge?
Do you have pics of the hinges and your new mounting points for rear grills?
cool, very cool

-Robert
 

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Are you willing to make the side grills for sale.
Did you have to drill anything for them.

They look great.

Cheers.......Phil
I never really thought about making the side grilles for sale. In order to install them you would either have to have the tilting clam or be willing to install and remove the clam several times in order to get the fit just right and to drill the holes for the screws.( 3 screws in total) two in back and one just behind the door jam. The one behind the door jam will not be visible unless you bend down and look between the rear clam and the body. I guess I will think about selling them, but you will have to be a little mechanically inclined to install them, because they will not just drop into place. If enough people are interested maybe I will make a some of the side grilles and sell them. I will jsut have to figure out a price however.
 

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The mesh grilles look great!

What HID setup did you use?
I got the 55w 6000k for dabears2k.com. and the matching high beam bulbs. I ordered it on Sunday and it was waiting on my porch on Friday when I got home from work.
 

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Nice work on the side air inlets...never seen it done that way before.

How did you manage to retain the oem rear panel with phil's clam hinge?
Do you have pics of the hinges and your new mounting points for rear grills?
cool, very cool

-Robert
The hinges were not changed from phils design. The rear panel still mounts to the clam in the 3 factory locations inside the boot, except now instead of the bolts I have 3 more of the thumb screws that hold those in. You will also have to drill out the small aluminum brace that extends out on each end of the rear panal and then bend the rear panel end inward just a bit so that way when everything is bolted together it all fit snugly without any gaps. BY drilling out the brace the two outer bolts on the diffuser will not be used anymore. but so far it hasn't been a problem for me. I actually did this about a month before the car was put into storage.
 

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And Brian, you're coming over this weekend to do mine ??? :shrug::clap:
 
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