So here is a little status update. The project will continue this weekend.
Mock up a cardboard template for the lower mesh grille.
Using paint cans for weight to keep the mesh from rolling up. It came in a roll from shipping and wants to stay that way
Cut out the template after marking it with a sharpie. Cut tabs (just like the reference thread link above) to attach the mesh to the lower bumper.
Here is my homemade break. Just sandwiched the mesh between the two edges so that I can bend a 90 degree in the tabs. Just pressed each tab down flush against the edge of the work bench.
Attaching the mesh with SS fasteners and fender washers. Once the lower bumper is reassembled it will add rigidity to the mesh grille. Also the chrome Overland strip will give it a clean edge at the start of the mesh.
Another view. I assembled the mesh first, then unassembled for painting. This way there is less chance to scratch the finish on the freshly painted mesh. Black Rustoleum gloss along with gloss clear coat, just like the custom upper grille.
I hope to have the entire bodykit finished and on this weekend. Just need to finish painting the mesh and put it back together with the bodykit front lower grille.
I will also need to remove the stock side skirts and install the new ones. Already have the plastic rivets thanks to the sticky regarding these (Interior/Exterior rivets, clips and push pins
). Ordered the Mopar rivet gun today from J4J. (yes I used the 5% promo code, thanks!). Also recruited the help of my brother on this mission, so all bases should be covered.
I will get new pics up this weekend.