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eborcim
Dirt Freak

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posted March 25, 2005 09:47 PM  
Any tricks to get a plastic nose to fit a stock body? Specifically a Lumina nose and a factory Lumina hood combination. Nose is too wide.

02 Blewbyu
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 48
posted March 25, 2005 10:52 PM  
I just put a montecarlo front piece on my 85 regal. I had to trim the center down a few inches with a razor knife. I welded in 1/4 inch piece of tubing across the inside of the fenders to hold the nose piece up so that the front edge of the hood would slide under it. Looks great I have had a ton of compliments on how good it looks.

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sixwillwin
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posted March 26, 2005 12:14 AM  
heat gun works good to finesse the plastic....

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racecraz1
Dirt Newbie

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posted March 26, 2005 05:30 AM  
HI
I run a chassis shop here in wi and have mounted more of these than i care to remember.First always start on a level surface than level the frame.Setyour fenders at 59.5 in.apart in the front and make certian they are the same height.Rivet the front corner tabs of each half to the tops of the fenders,than level the bottom ridge to the floor and rivet down the sides.Next clamp the center together, line up all the body lines and rivet together.This will flare out the bottoms of the fenders nicely to protect your wheels.Then just fasten the bottom of the fenders. Good luck.Any questions call me at HMS CHASSIS 920-348-7288 ask for Chuck

Istock66
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posted March 26, 2005 09:34 AM           send a private message to racecraz1   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/QuoteBBBBBB
Cut it in the middle to the correct width you need and put a backer behind it to rivet it back together.

It wont say lumina on the bottom and the bowtie emblem will be smaller but it will at least look like it belongs on that car!!!

Make sure you put a bumper behind it that follows the contour well and it will last all year and look good unlike the carp ones people just hang out in front of their car and destroy.

stockcar5
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posted March 26, 2005 11:23 AM  
what i always did whe i ran the oldsmobile nose was to cut a slit in the nose on the top corners. then i'd rivet the sides to the fender all the way up to the slit, then the top part of the nose would overlap on the edges...i'd trim this so it was fluch. worked well. basicly you end up cutting a "v" in each corner. and yes they do flare out at the bottom which is nice for protecting your tires.

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wrenchnerd
Dirt Roller

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posted March 26, 2005 06:40 PM  
i run a buick nose,first you have to cut quit a bit from the nose, get the bends along the sides and top cut off, then i just attach the center together, I back up each side of the center with strips of .125 thick aluminum, then bolt it together, not rivet, alot more durable. if you are running a factory bumper you will probably need to cut about 4" off of each end, then rivet the two upper corners, then work down each side. as the others said cut a V in the bottom side of the corners to get it wrapped around the corners and rivet lower corners, then i run a strip of 4"-6" wide plastic around the bottom to conceal the lower fender, bumper, etc.. looks pretty clean when it is all done. on the hood, i just close it on the plastic and draw a line with a pencil and cut it off

Blind Barney
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posted March 26, 2005 09:26 PM  
I just put an 2004 Late Model Grand Prix nose on my 1981 Pontiac Grand Prix. We cut nothing off. The 81 is 65" wide fender to fender and the late model nose is 75" wide. What we did is centered the nose on the car and put a rivet in each side. Then we cut a slit about 8" inches long from the outside of the nose rivet line following the bottom of the headlight groove, this little bit of a cut allowed us to then fold the 2 remaining pieces on each side in to the fender using a small torch to help them along but it is not needed. I can post pictures if you would like. PM me if you want pictures.

Blind Barney
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posted March 27, 2005 09:29 PM  



 
pictures of 2004 Grand Prix nose on 1981 Grand Prix. You can see to the left of the headlight decal where we put a slit to get the nose to fold over to the fender.

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racingfool1
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted March 29, 2005 06:36 PM  
I did a Lumina nose on a 81 regal and it was pretty easy. First you need to bolt the two sides together and get it square with itself on the ground. Then as was mentioned level the car fenders. With the rounded noses and the square front ends you may have to cut the top corners of the fenders back to allow the nose to go on far enough to cover all the openings. Hold it in place and cut where it hits basically. Once you have it centered and in position fore and aft, place one rivit at the top of the fender on each side. Of course make sure that all is staying level. Now pull the bottom of each side into place and hold it with vise grips.If you run your hand up it at the top it will create a "wrinkle" that you will need to cut a slit in. Once you do that you can rivit the sides "up" and then trim the excess as in a "V" and once rivited together it will look like it belongs there. Just make sure you don't leave it sagging between the fenders while you do this. A sag will create a large hood side gap so you should really do this with your hood in place. On another note, you could use plastic and make it look like the late model fenders. Some of those can look cool if done correctly and on my personal taste, if I am mounting the nose on top of the fenders and hood if possible I cut off the mounting lip. I prefer them under the fenders like they are designed. Good luck either way, many ways to accomplish the same thing. Take your time and don't drill anything till you know you got what you want. Make clamps or brackets or whatever till you are happy with what you got. They get easier but for the first one, take your time and be sure.

racingfool1
Dirt Full Roller

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posted March 29, 2005 06:41 PM  

 
Forgot to tell you, that looks good barney. Good job!!!!! I love anything other than the regular monte noses. I have an iroc z nose on mine and man does it look good.

    

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