’75 Hornet – A Grille Update
Summer’s here and I’ve been away from my bench getting some automotive projects done. Finally had the slushbox on my ’75 Hornet rebuilt so I tackled something that always bothered me. The grille from the 75 and later cars. The 73/74 units look much more muscular IMHO and since my cars running a 304 it might as well look the part.
I sourced a 74 grille and bezels and thought of how I wanted them to look. I settled on silver over satin black after checking out color schemes on the web but the problem was masking the silver to spray the black. From the factory AMC started with a black part and misted on the silver highlights resulting in a splotchy bunch of overspray when you look between the fins.
(I have heard the rumor that AMC might have really stood for Alcoholics Making Cars.) Fortunately my LHS saved the day. Tamiya makes a size tape for everything that needed to be done which made masking all the tines (all 162 of them) a snap. I swapped the amber tun signals out with clear lenses and trim rings from a ’70 AMX and I love how the grille looks like it’s floating between the bonnet and the bumper. The grille is only temporarily mounted from the front as I need to source a 73/74 hood release as mine is trapped in the jail cell that is my new grill making it impossible to open the hood.
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