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    2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

    2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car






    In the car detailing classes I teach, I share a LOT of tips and techniques. Here's just 2 of them having to do with how to cover over the fresh air intake grills on classic cars and muscle cars.


    Why cover them up?


    IF you don't cover them up - chances are good you'll sling splatter dots of product, (compound, polish or aio), down past the grill and inside the chamber. Once these splatter dots of product are down there it's normally impossible to remove them because there's no way to access these areas.

    I teach my class how to inspect for pre-existing splatter dots and in a perfect world - you do this with the owner of the car. If there are splatter dots already down in these areas, it's great to point them out to the owner so they know you did NOT do it. Often times they don't know they are there. You, being a TRAINED detailer know to look and inspect BEFORE buffing out someone else's car and make sure the other guy gets all the recognition for their shoddy work.

    If there are no splatter dots down inside the chamber below the grill - that's okay too. Now the owner can see you actually know our stuff. At least your smart enough, wise enough and have the experience to know to look in these areas.

    Regardless of whether there are or are not any splatter dots in these areas, YOU don't want to add any to what's already there or be the guy that slings splatter dots into these areas - so YOU - cover these areas up.


    Here's two ways to cover fresh air grills - one is with tape and the other way is to use a WET MICROFIBER TOWEL.


    The Tape Technique

    This is pretty basic, you simply place tape onto the grill and then after the job, remove the tape. The problem you can get into with this technique is if the person that painted the car did shoddy work - you can actually pull the paint off these areas when you remove the tape. On FACTORY paint it's less of a risk but with CUSTOM paint - it's an unknown risk. But here's how you do it,






    I highly recommend burning your tape before using the above technique.

    Burning Tape




    The Wet Microfiber Towel Technique

    This the safe way to cover and protect this area. Take a microfiber towel and get it saturated wet. Then wring out "most" of the water. Don't wring it all out, but wring out enough that it's not running or dripping out of the towel.

    Next - fold the towel to fit the size of the grill and then place the wet towel onto the grill.


    Why a wet microfiber towel?


    Great question.

    A WET microfiber towel has WEIGHT. The weight will keep the towel in place. A dry towel will slide off or move around when the air-current from the spinning pad on your polisher. Of course, be careful not to run the edge of the spinning pad into the towel. (common sense).

    Here's what the wet microfiber towel technique looks like,







    Both techniques will work. My first choice is the wet microfiber towel technique simply because it reduces any risk of finding bad paint adhesion.


    Hope this helps someone...


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    Re: 2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

    65' or 66' Corvette 2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

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    Re: 2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

    Quote Originally Posted by Klasse Act View Post
    65' or 66' Corvette 2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

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    1965. The two years look very similar but one distinguishing feature was the '66 has a Corvette Sting Ray emblem on the lower portion of the hood (on driver's side). It's the same emblem as on the rear deck of the vehicle.

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    Re: 2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

    Quote Originally Posted by 57Rambler View Post
    1965. The two years look very similar but one distinguishing feature was the '66 has a Corvette Sting Ray emblem on the lower portion of the hood (on driver's side). It's the same emblem as on the rear deck of the vehicle.
    The first pic doesn't seem to go down far enough, how can you see that2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

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    Re: 2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

    Quote Originally Posted by Klasse Act View Post
    The first pic doesn't seem to go down far enough, how can you see that2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

    I kinda cheated ... I knew it from prior posts (and pics) Mike has made about this car.

    Plus, I have previously owned several "Mid-year" Corvettes.

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    Re: 2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

    Quote Originally Posted by 57Rambler View Post
    I kinda cheated ... I knew it from prior posts (and pics) Mike has made about this car.

    Plus, I have previously owned several "Mid-year" Corvettes.
    I knew it had to be 65 or 66 due to the color! Mid years are my favorite cars ever...coupes only though!!

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    Re: 2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

    Quote Originally Posted by Klasse Act View Post
    ... Mid years are my favorite cars ever...coupes only though!!
    I dunno, I've had both coupes and roadsters, each has their +/-'s. A roadster with a hardtop ain't too shabby !

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    Re: 2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

    Quote Originally Posted by 57Rambler View Post
    I dunno, I've had both coupes and roadsters, each has their +/-'s. A roadster with a hardtop ain't too shabby !
    It's purely looks, coupes come to that point2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

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    Re: 2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

    •To the best of my knowledge:

    -Just going by this example of only the
    “Crossed Flags” (intended for the front
    fender badging)...it was an OEM fitment
    for late 1963 through 1966 Corvettes.

    •Of course there often were other badging
    adornment (ie: 396/Turbo Jet/427/etc.)
    added to/upon these years’ “Crossed Flags”.



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    Re: 2 ways to cover the fresh air grill on a classic muscle car

    Right but because it was a S/B car only its color led me 65 or 66. Had it said 396 it would be a 65 and if it had said 4 2 7 it would've been a 66. Now that I think of it I believe this color was offered on the 67' and if not there was a similar shade of yellow.

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