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Old 11-22-2010, 01:11 PM   #1

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Thumbs up Clean Cut Creations heritage grille install in Super Chevy Magazine

From our friends over at Clean Cut Creations and Super Chevy Magazine:


I wanted to share our newest Super Chevy magazine article in the December issue. It shows the detailed install of one of our Pre-painted heritage grilles. Pick up the issue on the newstands to get a copy of your own, or follow along as the pics below show you how to do it yourself at home.

Here are the products offered by Clean Cut Creations. The Heritage Grille is a GM piece and can be sourced from multiple suppliers, but unlike the others Clean Cut will paint it to match any factory color offered on the new Camaro. Also shown are a couple of the emblem options to choose from. We are partial to the Retro SS emblem because it compliments the retro look the grille provides.

Before any color can be sprayed, Grant Burch is going to prep the grille. All the areas that will receive color are scuffed up with a dark grey Scotch-Brite hand pad, which is equivalent to about 600-grit paper.

After the area has been scuffed, the center section where we don't want paint is masked off, both front and rear.

Next, John mixes up some Valspar De Beer Inferno Orange Metallic, dumps it into his spray gun, and works his magic. Again, John can spray the grille in any of the factory Camaro colors. After the base coat is dry, John tops it with a few coats of clear

When it's dry, the part is de-masked to reveal what now looks like a separate grille assembly.

The grille assembly installs from the backside so the front fascia will need to be removed. There are two 10mm bolts at each end of the fascia and 6 scrivets (GM's fancy word for a reusable plastic rivet) that need to be removed from the engine compartment area. The scrivets can be detached with a panel/clip removal tool like the one shown in the photo. You'll want to use the tool to pop out the center of the scrivets, which will release their hold so you can pull the entire scrivet out. There are also two more 10mm bolts under the car that need to be removed.

There are 10 more bolts to remove, five on each side at the front edge of the fender that are hiding behind the wheel well liner. Removing the five Phillips screws and five scrivets allows the liner to come out of the car.

Four of the previously hidden bolts will need a 10mm socket and one will need a 7mm.

That will free the fascia, but you'll still need to unplug the wiring harness that is on the passenger side of the vehicle.

John Meyer and Richard Kuehl carefully remove the fascia from the car and place it on a padded stand. No, the license plate is not installed wrong. This car has an Altec retractable front license plate holder that allows the plate to be slipped under the car for clean looks and popped out when driving to keep Johnny Law happy.

The grille has a bunch of tabs that snap into the fascia. Some even have retaining clips on them that will need to be removed before the tabs can be released.

John uses a panel tool to help him release the tab's grip on the fascia.

After fighting a bunch of tabs, John got it. The egg crate-style grille is placed in the swap meet pile.

Since the new unit going in is freshly painted, John takes his time and slowly installs the grille into the fascia.

Again, since the Heritage grille is a GM piece it has all the proper tabs in all the right places.

Even the factory retaining clips fit into place.

The Retro SS emblem is held on with two screws and a simple backing plate that is not visible from the front.

Finally, the newly upgraded front fascia is reinstalled on the car just like it came off, except in reverse order. As you can see, the painted Heritage grille and Retro SS emblem look more at home than the factory egg crate unit. You are looking at about two hours to swap in the Heritage grille at home with the tools mentioned in the story. The upgrade shown will set you back $467 with shipping. Not too shabby for a new grille that is painted to match and makes such a visual improvement.
A very nice writeup!
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:26 PM   #2

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Old 11-23-2010, 01:25 AM   #3
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i took my bumber off like 2 weeks ago without removing the wheels. i recommend removing them, makes everything just that much easier.
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Old 11-27-2010, 10:38 AM   #4
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Nice write up...I have had Clean Cut Creations make many mods to my and all have come out perfect! Nice Job.
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:35 PM   #6
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Very nice write up
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Where di you get the "SS" from? I have seen a bunch of sites that sell different kinds,but not like that. TIA
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:58 PM   #9
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Phastek sells the retro SS emblems for the heritage grille.
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So are you guys selling prepainted grilles then?
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I believe Phastek is. Here is a link:
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