|1999 Rover 800 825 V6 Coupe with Mesh Front Grill.|
Car: 1999 Rover 800 825 V6 Coupe
Colour: Zircon Silver
Some Rover owners including myself prefer to have a mesh front grill rather than the normal slats. This can be done as a do-it-yourself project by modifying the slatted part and replacing this with one or two pieces of wire mesh depending on how you are fitting it.
I have altered this front grill so that it will accept a single piece of mesh so that if at a later date I wish to remove the centre section with the Rover badge and then have the grill colour coded to the car I will be able to re-use this same single piece of stainless steel mesh.
Please see my Rover 400 colour coded grill for one I did earlier!
Eventually I would like to have all the parts on this car colour coded, but unfortunately both the Rover Dealers I used to use for this no longer exists and I find no-one else can quite match the Rover colours correctly! So for the time being I will be keeping the centre section and badge!
1999 Rover 800 Coupe with Original Slatted Grill.
The Hard Part is Removing the 5 Nuts from the Rear of the Grill (as they have Normally Rusted!), If you are Lucky you may Find it is Possible to Undo a Couple of them! I was Very Lucky to be able to Undo all Five!
This is a Good time to Clean Up and Repair or Repaint any Areas at the Front of the Bonnet that Normally go Unseen!
The Grill itself can then be Taken Apart, by Undoing the Few Screws that Hold it all Together.
On Smaller Rovers you Will Find Adding Mesh is Much, Much Easier, You Simply Remove the Slatted Part and Replace this with Your Wire Mesh. Not so on the Rover 800 though, Here You Need to Keep the Slatted Part, Removing the Slats Individually!
Please Note: I Removed the Middle Two Support Slats and Bolt Hole from the Centre Section so that I can Fit One Piece of Mesh Rather than Two Pieces (in case I Remove the Rover Badge at a Later Date!).
After the Time Consuming Exercise of Finally Removing all the Slats with the Padsaw, The Panel was Neatened up with the use of a Small Hammer and Chisel!
The Mesh Can Now be Cut to Fit!
If you are using Aluminium Mesh (Like I have in the Past) then this can be Cut with Normal Tin Snips or Cutters. This time I have Decided to use Better Quality Stainless Steel Woven Mesh (obtained via ebay!) and this has Required Much Better Cutters! (Even then it was a Bit of a Struggle! and Took a While to Do!)
Finally Got the Mesh to Fit! Using a Combination of Different Cutters!
Looking Good So Far!
Tested to see it How it Looks and Fits...
...As you can See, The Thickness of the Mesh Prevents the Grill from Going Back Together Properly and so it will Not Fit Flush with the Car at the Moment!
Because the Mesh is 3mm Thick, this Means 3mm has to be cut off from Around the Two Inner Back Edges of the Chromed Section for it to Fit!
This was Very Difficult to do as the Grill is Curved!
I Modified a Small Pipe Cutter, to Etch a 3mm cut into the Surface all the way Around, Before Masking off the Grill and Attempting to Saw (and then File) it!
The Front Grill Now Fits Together Snuggly!
The Area Where the Slats Were, was Painted in Some Matt Black Paint, So That it Would Be Better Hidden Behind the Mesh.
The Mesh Looks Better Now With The Black Paint Behind it.
A Nut was used to Hold the Top Centre Bolt in Place.
(If ever the Front Centre Section of the Chromed Grill & the Rover Badge are Removed, then This Bolt Would be Removed too).
Finally The Grill is Screwed Back Together, and the 5 Rear Bolts are in Place Ready for Refitting.
A Close up of the Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Fitted to the Car.
Rover 800 with Woven Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Fitted to the Car.
1999 Rover 800 Coupe with Stainless Steel Mesh Grill.