Wally the 401nderwagon, an 88 Grand Wagoneer. This original grille
has close to a quarter million miles on it and has taken various
road abuse from deer, rabbits, birds, sand, rocks - - - well,
you get the idea. The factory brush guard had also seen some close
encounters since installing it in 98. It was time for a face lift.
old grille removed, mounting tabs removed, the valance cleaned,
sanded and painted black, tranny cooler moved up and back just
a little to clear the egg crate grille. The round headlight buckets
are also mounted. One of the lower holes matched the rectangular
headlight mounting points. The other three has been mounted with
galvanized straps (hardware store) that are bent to fit the bucket
to correct position on the front valance.
parking lights have been disassembled, cleaned and repainted.
new to us 2x4 tube bumper with factory brush guard welded to it.
Some sawzall and grinder trimming was necessary at the front corners
of the fenders.
for new Grille
new grille was a freebie from a 76 Wagoneer. The grille insert
was a little cracked, so epoxy repairs were affected and the insert
was painted with white/grey/black textured paint. The headlight
bezels were badly pitted, so they were painted black. The grille
frame was pitted as well, so it was cleaned and painted silver
with black accent stripe across the bottom.