Stainless steel grill
Take a look at the classic 60’s cars and you’ll see that the wide air intake cowl is adorned with a shiny chrome grill. When I built my kit car it came with a dull chunky aluminium jobby which was difficult to assemble and didn’t look great. It subsequently fell of on the M11 roundabout at Bishop’s Stortford and other than looking back to see what happened I haven’t looked back since. As often seems to be the case I decided to build what I consider to be a better solution. My car uses the Harrington air intake cowl which required a lot of body trimming to make it fit. There was no way of altering the shape of the cowl and if you’re in the same situation then hopefully this grill will help.
Made from shiny stainless steel the grill has a number of attractive features. First of all it comes pre-assembled and welded by us, so no faffing about in that respect. The presence of welding is unavoidable but we’ve done our best to ensure that the welds are as far out of sight as is practically possible without impacting the integrity of the product. The prototype in the picture isn’t fully representative of the finished product which we learned from, I’ll upload more pictures when the production versions come in. The ends of the horizontal slats are welded to each other out of sight to minimise any concerns that might exist about them flapping loosely in the wind (like my wipers do (but that’s another story)). Count the number of vertical and horizontal slats on a classic car and you’ll see that ours are the same. I mention this because the one that came with the kit didn’t. I presume it didn’t because it was difficult / expensive to do a proper job…
The slats are 30mm deep front to back. They have a 10mm slot around the edges which nicely accommodates the rear lip of the cowl and allows for some variability between cowls. The slats extend 20mm into the cowl and 10mm behind. This gives a great depth to the grill without sucking up all of the fog light space. The grill attaches to the cowl with four M5 stainless steel bolts. I think it looks great.
I’ll add more images later