Just looking for some thoughts. I tried googling, but got no useful tips.
I bought the grille below for my 06 Tundra. The one in the pic is as installed on PO truck; I wish it was mine, as I much, much prefer gray to black (which my truck is). Of course that Toyota gray looks a little too close to the shade on my Camaro, so maybe it is good mt Tundra isn't that color.
Anyway, if you look closely at the photo (and I did before buying) you can see most of the panels have at least one cross bar bent. I am going to black chrome these, so I guess I don't need to worry that much, but any of you guys that know me through TC know how I am
I was just wondering if anyone has any tips on straightening these kinds of bars. I do have a trim hammer and small Eastwood trim anvil somewhere here. I also have nylon pry pars, various body hammers and dollies, flanging ViseGrips (for welding) and various sizes of c-clamps.
I have a heat gun but will need to be careful because, although I do plan to paint them, the paint is somewhat transparent and I cannot have bluing or other overheating marks.
I think the first plan of attack is to try the smallest c-clamps I have, from the black painted backside (tell me that didn't put an image in your mind on this Monday AM...), and using some thick bar stock I have to spread the load across the bent and straight area of each bent bar. The bars are pretty stout, but I think they are soft enough that this first approach may be successful.
I just thought I would throw it out to my TC brothers and sisters, and see if anyone has a foolproof method of doing this, before I start trying things on my own.
I really like this grille (and I would still have a Chevy truck, if I still ignored safety testing results, but I don't...) because it is the only one I have seen that fits all the openings and does not cover the grille emblem. If I can get the bars straight, give it a polish, and then black chrome it (I have tried some methods of blacking out the grille emblem, and while it lasted, I loved the look), I think it will be exactly what I was looking for. The PO did not know the brand, or I would have just tried to buy a new one. I have never seen one like it, so even if someone here had a lead on who made it, that would be useful too.
I liked the Street Scene inserts, but the ones for my truck don't look good. I also spent about half to a third of what any new upper and lower grille inserts cost, and that's good.
So, any thoughts? Other than to ditch the Toyota, because that isn't going to happen. I hate having leather in a truck I use as a truck, and I wish the gas mileage was better, but this is the safest, best truck I have had of the 7 I have owned since I turned 16.