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Good Morning, All.  My next upgrade is to install a faux oil cooler grill on my Thunder Ranch Spyder.

I've found two, one from Beck and one from Vintage Motors.  One is significantly more expensive than the other, one has the mounting holes predrilled, and the number of vertical slots is different between them.  I attached pics of each below. 

Those differences aside, does anyone have any experience/recommendation for which one would fit better on my car?  Just checking the brain trust here before I buy.  ;-)

Thanks! 

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I looked at those and decided the best course of action was to cut my car's grill slots myself, as I needed access through the front anyway to install the frame extensions for the jack points. I used a jigsaw and a step drill, then glassed in an aluminum "lip" and nut-certed it to give something to screw the now-functional grill into. Took about five hours and cost about $15 all-up. YMMV

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@edsnova posted:

I looked at those and decided the best course of action was to cut my car's grill slots myself, as I needed access through the front anyway to install the frame extensions for the jack points. I used a jigsaw and a step drill, then glassed in an aluminum "lip" and nut-certed it to give something to screw the now-functional grill into. Took about five hours and cost about $15 all-up. YMMV

currently:

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Outstanding work, Ed!  I was curious to hear how you did yours.  🙂

I like the look of the shark mouth. I'd do that if I had a cooler up front. My cooler is out back in the conventional Vintage location.

Since I'm far from "Lets-make-my-Spyder-look-like-a-real-one camp", I had another idea for that front area.

It would be the same basic shape, made from aluminum, except it'd have a driving light on either end and the number of slats for the faux grill would be reduced to fit between them.

Better yet, lasers would shoot out and melt the tires of anyone in the way. But if the alternator can't handle an electric heater, then it might not handle a couple of lasers.

Who knows. It's just a full sized toy car.

@Carlos G posted:

I like the look of the shark mouth. I'd do that if I had a cooler up front. My cooler is out back in the conventional Vintage location.

Since I'm far from "Lets-make-my-Spyder-look-like-a-real-one camp", I had another idea for that front area.

It would be the same basic shape, made from aluminum, except it'd have a driving light on either end and the number of slats for the faux grill would be reduced to fit between them.

Better yet, lasers would shoot out and melt the tires of anyone in the way. But if the alternator can't handle an electric heater, then it might not handle a couple of lasers.

Who knows. It's just a full sized toy car.

I love it!  😁

The CARCADIA C & C shark grill is in a dark blue car, not red.  

Anyway my thoughts were that first, I do like it, second, I'd like to put it in my car...but.....I don't have the sand to do it !  Plus sharks teeth wouldn't fit,  blend,  contribute, connect or present anything more to my desired appearance of this car.

So... Right back where I started......What to do for a different/unique grill piece for my Spyder ???................Bruce

Bruce, are you building a car, or are you building a cartoon?

Every single custom touch you add, adds more time. Haven't you waited long enough?

You are free to do whatever you want, we have a big tent here, and there is no limit to what you can build.

But maybe just think for a second about how few Spyders are out there. You will already have something unique and special. I'll bet yours is one of the only ones with a red frame, if not the only one.

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Danny.....Not a Car-Toon for sure, hence, no shark grill, just a red  frame. I just like the shark grill and for someone  to install it in their car is great. More than likely I won't do a thing to the grill because I like it the way it is.  In my mind, I could care less (but I don't) about how many bars are in the Spyder grill  One thing for sure.  I will never stop dreaming about things I'd like to build nor run out of things to build.  Also to continue to admire what others do with their cars.

Yes, Danny, I do think that he Spyder is a very "rare bird" indeed.  It's likely nobody on my block has one. Perhaps even in my City !   I plan on being sure to not blaspheme the Spyder's reputation in terms of looks and performance. I consider the red frame much like a beautiful woman just barely flashing her red undergarments in an attempt to advertise what else is there to look for or anticipate.  

I just wish I had one right now. To work on, play with and most importantly, to drive.

Bruce

Most of us have a one-of-one or one-of-few cars in our towns for either Speedsters or Spyders.  I am forever getting confused with the only other white Speedster in town, Rich MacKoul’s, mostly because we’re both white-haired “Old Guys” and most people can’t tell us apart.   That said, I am soon to be the only white car/white hair guy left, as Rich is selling his gorgeous, original, ‘55 Speedster.  He tells me that he’s getting too old and has some Alzheimer’s symptoms and is now afraid to drive it for fear of something happening to it and he needs it to finance his approaching home care.  

I can’t think of too many things more sucky than this.  

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