Finished my first attempt at a mesh grille for the Bonneville tonight. I would like to thank TaylorD for his help with the project. I am not too happy with the actual mesh grille inserts because the material seems to be too flimsy. It does fit in the grille area and gives the front a totally different look. It was raining tonight so there was no chance to get pictures out side of the garage. There are two bright spots concerning this project. 1, I have a set of wood patterns to fabricate another grille on and 2, I ran across a WEB site that offers different grille materials in different patterns. Here are two Pics.
Comparison of the stock and stainless steel mesh grille
Both of the stainless steel grille inserts installed.
Total cost of the project was under $15.00 and probably took 4 hours to cut out the pattern glue it to the wood block then cut the wood block, chisel out the tabs to form the metal that will be used for tabs to hold the grille into the car body and to route the edge of the wood pattern. The four hours was spread out over two week’* time. Hey our family likes to travel and I have a four year old son.