I agree Gojeep! The bright background and painted logo visually distract from the slot grill. I'm trying to keep the aesthetics pretty traditional, clean, and understated, but with a little bling here and there for interest. I'm too old to be a "boy racer"!Spray the radiator black and will be more period correct too. I hate seeing the alloy colour as takes away from the grille too. Everything behind the grille should 'disappear' as much as possible. Not exactly a pretty thing to be looking at anyway unless you are going for a boy racer look?
Thanks Gojeep! Great info on your factory black condenser and replacement- good to know- sounds like no issue with a light coat pf paint on the radiator. I like the tanks in natural Al, but could just paint the core fin area behind the grill. Will be giving it some thought.My WH Grand Cherokee that I am using as my donor came with a alloy condenser painted black, but my new replacement was just raw. So I just painted a thin black coat over it. If there was a performance difference, the factory would not have painted it. Stops corrosion too.
I also have fitted a screen behind mine recently.
Many thanks mate and glad you are enjoying reading the build as I have been reading yours.Thanks Gojeep! Great info on your factory black condenser and replacement- good to know- sounds like no issue with a light coat pf paint on the radiator. I like the tanks in natural Al, but could just paint the core fin area behind the grill. Will be giving it some thought.
Your grill screen is super! That's very similar to what I had been thinking about. I like the way you followed the pointed grill profile, and bent the edges for mounting and stiffening the screen panel. All the detail mods you made to the grill are amazing- REALLY nice work! I checked out your build site- really well put together, and a pleasure to read. I started reading about your build from the beginning, and am looking forward to reading it through- lots of great info and ideas! The little differences between Aussie and US models are pretty interesting. The merge of the Grand Cherokee subassemblies into the truck is really interesting. It's looking great! Thanks for the link!
REALLY enjoying reading your build website! I’m learning a lot from it. Especially impressed by your work on restoring, merging, and modifying the truck bodies! Wow! Nice work! The roller skate wheel dolly and similar linear recessed dolly you made are really interesting techniques that I hadn’t seen before. Lots of great tips in your write up and photos. Your metal working skill and knowledge are really impressive. Thanks so much for sharing all your tips and techniques!Many thanks mate and glad you are enjoying reading the build as I have been reading yours.
Thanks! I've always liked the Truck wheel and button too. I thought about using the wheel and column assembly from a truck, but wanted the column shaft to have a splined output for the u-joint, and also needed a longer column given my firewall footwell change and moving the seat back vs. stock. Decided on the Limeworks column and wheel as I think they fit nicely on size and aesthetics.Looks way better. I have always liked the Willys Truck horn buttons.
Thank you kindly nofender! This area of the build is kind of busy with several details to deal with to fit the stuff I want to fit and be serviceable, so I'm trying to think ahead enough that I don't "box myself into a corner"!The thought going into each piece is impressive. Lots of inspiration in this thread!