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Unread 09-15-2012, 01:44 AM   #1
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I have a 1989 Cherokee, I got the grill & headlight bezels from a 1993 - I expected it to bolt right on .... grrrr!

Well, they seem to be shaped a little different (how they match up where you can't see)

- and the screw holes don't all like up, I mean I can drill new holes. I ground down bumps on back... I just spent 2 days cleaning - painting the new parts.

Has anyone dealt with this???

-- Any advise, pointers, help, good jokes?? ?? ??

PS - Also powder-coated the headlight retainer rings - black, so it will all blend together

p1070029-new-grill-.jpg   p1070030-light-bezel.jpg   p1070031-light-bezel.jpg   p1070032-head-light.jpg  
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Unread 09-16-2012, 11:38 PM   #2
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Ok
Apparently the old ones having a 2-piece assembly, have a different amount of spacing with the fiberglass front-framing.
I'll do & post more tomorrow.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 10:49 PM   #3
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Sorry no help.......I have a joke

Why is it so hard to play poker in the jungle?




Too many cheetahs!


Seriously though, good luck on the mod, let us see the finished product.
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Unread 09-18-2012, 02:14 AM   #4
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Sorry no help.......I have a joke

Why is it so hard to play poker in the jungle?




Too many cheetahs!


Seriously though, good luck on the mod, let us see the finished product.
LOL thought it was gonna be something sexy for a sec.... :-/

Yeah, -- maybe I should have posted in Technical ... ? .
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Unread 09-20-2012, 01:33 AM   #5
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I had to grind down the fiberglass frame piece HERE about 1/8" to allow it to fit, - but HERE I didn't need to grind/ cut nearly as much as I did. On the Pass side I cut through the material HERE which was too much, on driver side I ground only 32nd to 16th inch.
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Unread 09-20-2012, 01:37 AM   #6
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Did a little fiberglass repair HERE, then held the resin-glass together with tape HERE

So ... any comments, critisizms, questions ???
p1070043-glass-repair.jpg   p1070045-grille.jpg  
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Unread 09-21-2012, 11:23 PM   #7
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It actually looks pretty good, I would have never realized there were that many differences in fitment. What drove the need to change it?
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Unread 09-22-2012, 12:35 AM   #8
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It had gotten busted up from trails & woods.
I esp. needed a new side marker lens and someone offered me the whole grille and some other parts cheap.

Today:
Finished up the grille & light upgrade - I needed to add a little resin to the fiberglass repair behind the grille, paint the screw heads, details...
p1070049.jpg   p1070052.jpg   p1070053-grille-lights.jpg  
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