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Taking a trick from Michael (towerymt), I decided to make an attempt on a cross hatch grill. I won one on ebay and got around to trying to install it today.<P>What I found was that the 740 grill is a bit narrower from right to left than the '86-'93 Grill. It's also more flat. <P>I popped the center vented part of the two grills (my new 740 cross hatch and my slatted 240) out of the grill frames. You need to undo some of the Volvo fasteners and they pop right off.<P>I tried placing the 740 cross hatch piece in the 240 frame. It's a bit narrower, and pretty much none of the holes line up, but it looked pretty good sitting in place on my car.<P>The other prob was that it's more flat than the more pointed 240 grill. I messed around a bit, bent it a bit with a heat gun and fastened it in the frame. I've placed it back in the spot in the car and closed the hood and it looks awesome. The grill itself sits further back inside the frame, making it look more inset. I still need to figure a way to fasten it to the car.<P>I'll try to shoot some pics tomorrow. The sun was going down as I placed it in the car.
 

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Here are those pics. Now that it's in place (still not attached) it's hard to tell the cross hatches don't match up exactly with the silver grill frame. Where you'd notice it is on the right and left sides.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/george/240grill1.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/george/240grill2.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/george/240grill3.jpg">
 

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it looks great head on, but i personally an not sure I like the way it sits back in the frame when looking at it from the side. Ever thought of painting the frame to match the color of the car? I think it would work great on your color car, and make the grill look even more integrated. Almost like the frame is part of the hood.<P>
 

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The inset thing makes me think of current Audis. As for the color, you can't really tell, but that outer frame was cracked on the lower left corner, so I'm going to replace it at some point, so I've been experimenting. It's currently painted like a matte nickel finish like the door handles on the new S40. I don't like it, too close to the exterior color of my car. I like how new Volvos have a chrome surrounded grill. I'm thinking I'm going to leave that part chrome, and paint the stock headlight eyebrows (now faded chrome) in the body color of the car, so that the rectangular grill is more pronounced. I'm also going to black out the chrome on the bumpers like towerymt did.
 

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I made what I consider to be a more agressive and attractive grill for my 240 Turbo by removing every other horizontal bar, thereby creating openings that are twice as large. Just spent a couple of hours in front of the TV set with a hack saw and some sand paper.
 

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That'd be an interesting look. Got any pictures? Also, was it tough to hide the sawing points?<P>It's funny. As I'm driving the car, as any car geek does, I turn to look at it now as I go into my destination or my home, and it's great. Unless you get up very close, it's hard to tell it's not a factory piece.<P>The only downside is that the insetness of the center, combined with my new mounting method which positions the frame out further than it was before, makes the front of the car look more square (if that is possible). While it's not as sleek, it's definitely meaner looking. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>Next up for that front end is a matte black 740 chin spoiler and foglights in the insets of the 700 airdam.
 

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I really like it, especially in the head-on picture of the front. It looks just like an OEM grille Volvo made. There was an eggcrate style grille that had a chrome rim and black center, but the horizontal dividers that make up the center section were angled up from front to rear, rather than being parrallel to the ground. I think this grille was meant for a flathood car using the '86-'93 style lights.<P>
 

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When we do that parts run (trying to figure a free weekend in September), I'm planning on getting another grill with good chrome on it and going from there. If are interested in doing it Michael, I have a heat gun and have done it once. I'd be happy to help out.<P>The only downside is finding a way to fasten it at the bottom, I haven't figured that out, but my fastening method worked well at the top and holds it on well enough for now.
 

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No, not hard to hide the saw marks. I made them as close as possible to the vertical bars, and then used the sandpaper to smooth each cut area. Because the grill is kind of a flat black, it doesn't reflect much light anyway. If you put your eye right on it you can see it, but no one ever gets that close to a grill.
 

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I used a coping saw on my original '87 grille to cut out the pieces that the slash connected to. They bridged the gap between the vertical slats, so when they were removed, all I had were slats. The problem with that was the recessed area where the slash was, but I think it looked good anyway. The recess was subtle, giving a hint of what is supposed to be there.<P>I still have the grille, but one pair of slats was broken on one end, the chrome rim was cracked, and one pin on the bottom was broken off.<P>edit: I painted the front edge of the slats white. My 740T grille has a "GT" badge from an '80 GT.<P>The old:<BR> <IMG SRC="http://a4.cpimg.com/image/28/2A/12492584-fee9-0131009A-.jpg"> <P>The new:<BR> <IMG SRC="http://a5.cpimg.com/image/29/2A/12492585-c2bb-01F900EA-.jpg"> <P>
 

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Interesting badgeless look. I noticed those things are on there with permanent rivets from the looks of it. <P>Those little plastic fasteners throughout are interesting also. I cut a few until I realized that you just pull the little plastic rod out and they pop right off and are thus reuseable. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif">
 
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