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Front grille for 1971 Mach 1
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Looking for an undamaged front honeycomb grille for a 1971 Mach 1 that can be refreshed.

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Daniel Carpenter makes new ones off original tooling. I was at his shop in spring and saw some of the original Ford tooling and was surprised how good a shape it was.
They do run the grill tooling in China or Taiwan and usually too shiny. A blast with walnut shells will make it look correct. Some do paint them but a pain with the honey comb shape.
Carpenter does not sell direct except at times on ebay for parts with seconds. Any Mustang supply should have his products.
I see them on ebay a lot. Old ones are so brittle from the UV I would not even fool with them. 71 & 72 grills are very fragile on the ends also. Screw holes always broken or missing.


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(10-20-2018, 11:06 AM)Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs Wrote: Daniel Carpenter makes new ones off original tooling. I was at his shop in spring and saw some of the original Ford tooling and was surprised how good a shape it was.
They do run the grill tooling in China or Taiwan and usually too shiny. A blast with walnut shells will make it look correct. Some do paint them but a pain with the honey comb shape.
Carpenter does not sell direct except at times on ebay for parts with seconds. Any Mustang supply should have his products.
I see them on ebay a lot. Old ones are so brittle from the UV I would not even fool with them. 71 & 72 grills are very fragile on the ends also. Screw holes always broken or missing.

The 71-2 Mach 1 grill is not made on OE tooling.
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With my car having spent many years in the Nevada desert, including Las Vegas, I can attest to the degradation of the grills. Not easy to keep them looking good.



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My 71 had the original grille and it was a Northeast car it's entire life. While the grill was in mint condition, I could see it was going to go downhill and be fragile in short time. I went with the Carpenter reproduction and am very pleased.


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