Installation Time: Afternoon
September 15, 2013
Install was harder for this mechanical neophyte, but final look was WICKED
This is the first muscle car I have ever owned and I have always wanted to work on my own car. I thought this overlay grille would be a fairly straightforward first project and so I bought it and entertained dreams of finishing it in the hour that was mentioned in the video and by other owners. Boy, was I surprised.
Getting the screws and various clips out was easy. and taking the bumper off was also easy, but I could not get the fog lights disconnected. Because of this, the install of the grille was less than ideal because I had to support the bumper (to keep from damaging the fog light wiring) while also threading the toggle bolts onto their screws. Also, It took me about an hour of forcefully manipulating the bumper back into place so I could pop each side back onto their retention clips. I was somewhat afraid I wouldn't be able to get the bumper back on without cracking the thing or damaging the finish! Finally, about 2 1/2 hours after starting the project, I was able to look at my newly installed grille with a great deal of satisfaction because I got the grille on, the bumper back on, and I managed to keep everything in perfect working order and condition.
The black powder coat finish is beautiful on the grille, and the horizontal billet bars really highlight the stock dark chrome pony in the middle of the grille. It looks really stealthy and intimidating surrounded by the deep impact blue paint on my new 'Stang. While a bit harder than I thought, I have a sense of accomplishment in completing my first car project ever. I would do it again, without hesitation, and this time with a bit more knowledge.