I've got everything ready to be powder-coated, but I can't decide on the exact colors yet. So instead of not doing anything, I started working on the cooling system, starting with the radiator. I want a radiator grill but didn't want to use the stock one, which I don't have anyway. The question I had was, do I need to keep the stock grill mounting tabs? Well, I figured out a way to make a custom grill AND lose the stock mounting tabs!
I started with a beautiful piece of heavy stainless steel mesh that I got from a metal shop that was closing its doors. I decided to form this mesh directly around the radiator.
Here's how I started with the fitment:
Cutting to fit:
And installed on my radiator:
I formed this using only hand tools and a vice; a pair of tin snips, diagonals, metal files flat and round, a hammer, vice and block of wood. The only thing I'm worried about is how much this might limit the air flow across the radiator. The only way to answer that question is a real live trial, which will be awhile...