Monday, January 21, 2008

24) Front apron grill

So after thinking (read: worrying) about air flow the other day, I finally bit the bullet and decided to add some venting to the front apron. This was hard for me because I really wanted ALL of the body work on this car to be stock, and this would change the attitude of the car a little. But I want to be functional above all, and I really don't want to be caught 100's of miles away and have this thing over heat :)

I finally came up with the idea of using a grill just like a super beetle. The problem with the super beetle is the grill up front is very rounded, and it just wouldn't work in this virtually flat apron. Then it hit me, I have a spare hood, and it's got the fresh air vents up top! Sure enough, I cut it out and it fits perfectly! I really like how this is going to look, because it will match the one of the hood!


Here are the first few welds. I'm being super careful here about heat and burn through. I don't want to alter these perfect vents. I couldn't only imagine how hard it would be to fix them.


A few more welds, slowly...


The finished product. I'm in love!

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At April 8, 2008 6:08 PM , Blogger Matt said...

I had that same idea for my subaru conversion! Great minds think alike, it seems.

check mine out here:

At April 9, 2008 9:37 AM , Blogger - Pete said...

That's awesome Matt! Looking good! I see you're going to build up a spoiler underneath also. I'll be sure to keep checking out your posts over on Shoptalkforums!



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