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Previously I had done the badge delete grill, but after a few years I wanted something different. Had kicked the idea of making an homage grill like the Escort GTs of the early 90s. Let me preface that I joined the FB Focus Owners Group and after sharing about my MK2 and showing many pics of Abberdeen aka Abby. I had gotten a message there from a MK2 owner asking about my grill. If people want a walkthru of what I did Id be happy to share though I didnt document the process, when the creative juices are flowing it is the last thing on my mind but maybe I should in the future.
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My head lights were in the middle of being changed to remove some of the masking I had before. So one was done and one wasnt at time, and when I repainted hood and grill added a tribute to the Legend Ken Block.
 

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Previously I had done the badge delete grill, but after a few years I wanted something different. Had kicked the idea of making an homage grill like the Escort GTs of the early 90s. Let me preface that I joined the FB Focus Owners Group and after sharing about my MK2 and showing many pics of Abberdeen aka Abby. I had gotten a message there from a MK2 owner asking about my grill. If people want a walkthru of what I did Id be happy to share though I didnt document the process, when the creative juices are flowing it is the last thing on my mind but maybe I should in the future. View attachment 316446 View attachment 316447 View attachment 316446 View attachment 316447
This is really cool! It looked like a lot of fun to do as well. Would have loved to see a video, but hopefully next time!
 

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This is really cool! It looked like a lot of fun to do as well. Would have loved to see a video, but hopefully next time!
It really was fairly easy. I would say easier if you not done the badgeless grill mod. By pulling the badge the face of the grill should be pretty flat and level. then with some ABS, I used 1/8th thick so that it doesnt push the new face of the grill that much further out than headlight face. make a pattern on paper or Cardboard Assisted Design CAD of your favor. I go slightly larger cause you can always trim back. Then you can leave flush, cut holes like i did, or even slots at a diagonal like the 90s Escort GT grill which is what I was planning to do with an offset badge. If you like the style of the paint for accent pick your fave color scheme. I use the 2x cover paint/primer from Duplicolor (though I was using Ace brand 2x paint/primer with good effect). Dries fast, holds fast, and is relatively budget friendly. Spray a pattern or at random. Then you take dishsoap and splatter the paint once it is dry. I then use the cheapest flat black from Home Depot (less than 3 per can at least in FL) and you spray, I even have been "painting" with a small brush with the soap on my civic build. once you black out or anyother color to be totally honest and that has dried like 20 min later you take your hose and you spray off the item and the soap will wash away(but not the paint) and leave trail/splatter/design in the colors beneath that you first sprayed.
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Included are images of the front third of my civic build that I did this weekend.
 

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Your head lights are over the top.

Did you paint them ... or just use some black tape? Does it limit the range of the headlights?

Very cool
Spray paint. I have since removed some of the paint after getting LED H13s and yes it was crazy limited. Driving on Expert more on a rainy night for sure. But I like the mascara'd look. And will revise it to have more visibilty but still look different. I figure I could spend a bunch and get the same few generic (but cool) LED paneled rears and projector head lights but I want to stand out as a MK2 fan so i do, sometimes it works and sometimes you get to spend an afternoon or weekend revising or removing completely like when I made my own rear window spoiler out of sheet metal. I dont take what I do with Abby to serious cause it is for me. If some says hey cool, thats cool. If they say hey your Focus sucks/is ricey/ etc hey thats cool. She is for me and if I smile when I go out then thats all i care about.
 

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It really was fairly easy. I would say easier if you not done the badgeless grill mod. By pulling the badge the face of the grill should be pretty flat and level. then with some ABS, I used 1/8th thick so that it doesnt push the new face of the grill that much further out than headlight face. make a pattern on paper or Cardboard Assisted Design CAD of your favor. I go slightly larger cause you can always trim back. Then you can leave flush, cut holes like i did, or even slots at a diagonal like the 90s Escort GT grill which is what I was planning to do with an offset badge. If you like the style of the paint for accent pick your fave color scheme. I use the 2x cover paint/primer from Duplicolor (though I was using Ace brand 2x paint/primer with good effect). Dries fast, holds fast, and is relatively budget friendly. Spray a pattern or at random. Then you take dishsoap and splatter the paint once it is dry. I then use the cheapest flat black from Home Depot (less than 3 per can at least in FL) and you spray, I even have been "painting" with a small brush with the soap on my civic build. once you black out or anyother color to be totally honest and that has dried like 20 min later you take your hose and you spray off the item and the soap will wash away(but not the paint) and leave trail/splatter/design in the colors beneath that you first sprayed.
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Included are images of the front third of my civic build that I did this weekend.
WOW! Thanks for the awesome DIY instructions. Keep up the amazing work.
 
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