My Multi-Part Series

Hey Everyone. I’ve decided that I’m going to begin doing a multi-part series dedicated to making our cars look unique. My goal is to make Marshy look more aggressive and one-of-a-kind without buying any expensive body parts or accessories. I’ll kick the series off with some work that I did to the grill (or grille, depending on where you’re reading from) this afternoon.

Someone’s very cool 1995-1999 200sx (I found this image on Google. If it’s your car and you would like me to remove the picture, or if you’d like to talk b14s, please email me: ian@progtimes.com)

I was browsing Facebook earlier this morning and stumbled upon a B14 (1995-1999 Nissan Sentra or 200sx) that really caught my eye. This car had some sort of aftermarket grill piece that made it look really neat to me. This isn’t the exact car that I saw, but the grill was somewhat similar to the one pictured. After a quick brainstorming session, and of course, speaking with Shell about it, I struck an idea! What if I were to just cut the inside pieces of Marshy’s existing grill out and leave the outline? Well, we decided that it was worth a shot, and here’s what we came up with. Please note that I’m absolutely horrible at taking step-by-step pictures. You’ll have to use your imagination on this one. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at ian@progtimes.com and I’ll help however I can.

Marshy's grill before any modifications
Before any modifications

The best advice that I can give you for this project is to take your time. Though that’s very important with ANY project, it’s extremely important when working with 20 year old fiberglass. This stuff will crack very easily if you try to rush. I recommend cutting out small pieces. And if you are in a situation what you need to snap something off, make a small groove with your saw in the area that you would like the fiberglass to break. This definitely helped me get better-looking lines and very little unwanted breakage.

After modifications, installed back on the car.

As you can see, I left a V-Shape in the middle. This was to house the Nissan emblem for the time being. My next plan is to order a “Nismo” (NISsan MOtorsports) badge to replace the Nissan badge. So, until I get a Nismo badge, I’m going to leave the car like this. This will also give me some time to choose a suitable mesh material to put around the back of the grill. For now, this will work. But, before I start putting some serious miles on the car, I should put some mesh in to protect the radiator and A/C condenser from road debris. But, as stated, this will work for now.

The best spray paint ever made
The “Valspar Project Perfect Paint + Primer” that I use frequently.

This was pretty easy to do. I think the hardest part was taking care not to crack the good pieces of the grill. I used a fresh 24tpi hack saw blade, and my Stanley FATMAX snips to cut most of the material out. I used a very aggressive rasp file that I bought from Harbor Freight to do the detail work. I’m going to include a picture of the paint that I used. I bought this stuff from Ollies Bargain Outlet for $1.99 per can. It’s a combination of paint and primer. I bought 4 cans. This stuff is seriously amazing. It sticks to just about anything, and it looks great with just one coat.

So, that’s my project for the day. I’ve made about 5 posts so far, and I can honestly say that I love writing for you. Even if I only reach one person, as long as my information helps them, I’m satisfied. Thank you all for reading, and remember to keep an eye out for the next installment!

Ian

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