Grill Nuts

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Grill Nuts

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I made these using a band saw, a mill, and a drill and tap. But, they can be made using a hack saw, a drill and tap. The plastic is Delrin (also known as acetal) (good stuff) but it could be nylon or PVC. McMaster Carr can supply any of these. The screw is a 6-32 x 5/8 long.

Edit 5.30.16 ~ ~ Don't know if anyone has ever tried to make these grill nuts but I just made another set and have simplified the design a bit. This makes the nut easier to fabricate and allows the nut to be inserted from the front of the panel. Also, allows the use of 1/2 inch stock. The grill is held rock solid. Check out the new image below.

Paul


Edit # 2 ~ ~ 8.23.21 ~ ~ Warmen has made further improvements to this design. See my post of this date below.

Paul


Simplified grill nut.jpg
Check out the photos.
Grill Nut Sketch email.jpg
Finished Part email.jpg
Inserting Nut email.jpg
Rotating In email.jpg
Nut Installed email.jpg
Installing Grill email.jpg
With these nuts and the screw you will be able to pull the grill up tight to the sheet metal and no more loose, rattleee grill. Also, it is much easier to use the screws to install or remove the grill than it is to use the Isuzu grill clips.

Paul

PS - - No modifications to either the grill or the sheet metal are needed :D
'84 P'UP 2 wd diesel, 5 spd with 0.78 fifth gear and differential back to 3.73.
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Re: Grill Nuts

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Warmen has lifted the design and fabrication of these parts to a new level. He has refined the design and is printing them on a 3D printer.

And, he is prototyping a version that will move the grill forward, don't know how much. This can be useful if you want to install an intercooler in front of your radiator.

Here is a link to his 3D page showing the revised part and links to his software.

https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/tool/gr ... shammar123

Paul
'84 P'UP 2 wd diesel, 5 spd with 0.78 fifth gear and differential back to 3.73.
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