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Old 12/14/2017, 07:28 PM   #1
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I'm in a quandary trying to get a decent pair of the narrow grill moldings. I ordered & received a set from CJ Pony. They were misshaped and didn't fit. The mfr's name was unfamiliar, so I researched Scott Drake for the same parts as Drake has a decent reputation for quality. I ordered their product from Summit, and they came with the same mfr name as the previous pair and they were even worse. I called Scott Drake's customer service and they told me there is only one repro supplier for this part. And that they've sold 'thousands' of these with no complaints.
C7ZZ-8242-AR, C7ZZ-8243-AR Scott Drake P/N's.
Hmmm. Two for two faulty pairs, from different retailers makes this hard to believe. Here's a photo of the right trim piece. It obviously doesn't match the contour of the body. If I try to bend it to fit it will kink in the bend radius.
The old pieces are very dull & dented.
Any ideas or suggestions?

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Old 12/15/2017, 03:42 PM   #2
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I think I would be looking for decent originals to clean up.

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Old 12/15/2017, 05:14 PM   #3
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In my mind the reproduction narrow grill moldings are one of the worst reproduction parts made. It is a difficult part to make, even the latter Ford one were not good.

I have had some luck clamping them with a soft wood block to my bench then carefully bending it. You really have nothing to loose in trying to re form them. I'll look and see if I have any good ones.

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Old 12/16/2017, 01:34 PM   #4
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I got it installed OK. Gingerly fitting & clamping did the trick. REALLY poor repo quality. And apparently only one company supplies all vendors (even Scott Drake).
Sorry both photos rotated 90 degrees. :-(

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Old 12/16/2017, 02:03 PM   #5
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Looks really good Neil!

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Old 12/16/2017, 07:38 PM   #6
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I knew you could do it Neil!

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Old 12/17/2017, 09:48 PM   #7
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Well Sir, you certainly look like you're having fun with your hobby! Any sneak peeks of engine bay?
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Old 12/18/2017, 07:40 AM   #8
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Well Sir, you certainly look like you're having fun with your hobby! Any sneak peeks of engine bay?
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Is that your car? It looks like a Gulfstream Blue.
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Old 12/18/2017, 09:16 AM   #9
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Stephen has graciously allowed me to go over his Gulfstream Aqua CS while I'm waiting to get my own car to restore (idle hands were driving me crazy).

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