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2002 Tii 72 - Grill Question


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I am on the way to buy a 1972 2002 Tii, but I have some concerns about the grill.

I though the grill had chromium up to 1973: the grill is supposed to become black when the rear lights changed from round to square. So, all 2002Tii before end of 1972 are supposed to have a grill with chromium and round rear lights.



But unfortunately, the one I am looking was built in july 1972 and has a black grill with round rear lights.


Some exemples:

This 2002 Tii was built in July 1972 and has a grill with Chromium




This 2002 Tii was built in June 1972 and has a black grill without chromium:




Do you know how to explain this difference?

Thanks a lot for your help, I am very new in the 2002 world...

Edited by renaudtwingo
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Actually the 2 previous pictures were examples. The car I am looking for is this one:




Well those are the correct grills/noes, just looks like someone's taken a can of spray paint to them.  Pretty common back in the day to give your older car the look of a newer one. (at least that's what I'm told by my great great grandfather).

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Your pic further indicates your grills are correct.


Just to the right of the radiator would be a snorkel, if that nose had been replaced. As shown here http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v355/raykoke/IMG_0007-1.jpg


Tiis did not have snorkel noses but it seems most replacement noses were snorkels. So one can infer your nose was not replaced,

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My main concern now is to check the engine number.

I am currently located in Singapore and this car is in south of France.

My friend went to see it, but told me it is impossible to check without removing some parts of the engine. Do you confirm?

I will send you more pictures just after.

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