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Removing Slat Covers from 73 Grills


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I have a couple of aluminum grilles and the black slats are definitely not aluminum.

They are much heavier and must be steel.

I think the weight of the slats has a bit to do with the brittle nature of the thin aluminum grilles.

I don't have any experience with removing the slats, but the ones I have have been crimped onto the grilles.

Perhaps by a previous owner?  Or was this done at the factory.

Sorry, more of a question than an answer.

Tom

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All the slats I've seen on roundie grills have been black anodized aluminum.  The factory stuck 'em on with what looks like contact cement (AKA gorilla snot).  Mine came off easily by using my wife's hair dryer--a heat gun would work even better.  

 

It's possible that a PO may have reattached yours with something stronger.  Look on the back side of the grille for the yellowish glue smears that will indicate contact cement.  Acetone won't hurt anything (except you--wear gloves and work outside) on the grille, just be circumspect with the heat gun around acetone.

 

mike

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I just went up and snapped a few photos.
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I am guessing that this snipping/crimping is not done at the factory.  True?
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I did do a test and stuck a magnet on the slat covers, proving that at least these covers are steel.
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Which is not to say they all are/were made of steel....  
Tom


Definitely not factory
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If you examine the crimps closely it looks as if the slats are covered with thin black plastic--perhaps trim tape (like electrical tape but much more long lived).  I've never seen 'em crimped on like that from the factory, nor have I seen steel ones.   And in the pictures, one edge of the applique slat protrudes to the rear much further than the aluminum ones.  Aftermarket grill perhaps?  Shallow or deep headlight surrounds?  If off a '73, they should be the shallow ones.

 

mike

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8 hours ago, mike said:

 

....It's possible that a PO may have reattached yours with something stronger.  Look on the back side of the grille for the yellowish glue smears that will indicate contact cement.  Acetone won't hurt anything (except you--wear gloves and work outside) on the grille, just be circumspect with the heat gun around acetone....

 

+1

 

The factory attachments -- ca. 1972 glue and a little crimping at the ends -- are generally well past their life expectancies by now.  It's the glues used during the last 40 years that concern me more.  I would also start with an acetone bath -- for the slats, that is...

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

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8 hours ago, Simeon said:

I don't have any crimps on mine. Mike's description of gorilla snot sums it up. 

 

The "crimps" I've often seen, Simeon, are NOT very pronounced.  One might more appropriately call them "slightly pinched ends" and maybe that was just to hold the slat until the glue dried!

 

Best regards,

 

Steve

 

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