I have been toying with the ideas for the final "look".
Perhaps some '57 Chevy spears as a grille?
Or mebbe Louvres on the side of the hood?
Or on the top of the hood?
Perhaps some Buick portholes?
Staggered instead of Straight?
So many choices!
So this is what I built.
First I bent some Stainless 1" weave to match the shape of the upper grill bar. The stainless weave will end up up inside the bar.
Then I cut some pieces of stainless for the mounts.
To get the tabs in the right place first I positioned the piece on the grill to determine where the vertical rods crossed the piece and marked them with a magic marker.
I used the removed portion where the vertical to set the height by bending them forward before I cut them off. Then I bent and fed the other tavs thru the bars, cut them to length, and bent them up around the horizontal rods.
Then the pieces were firmly crimped around the bars.
I welded them on using my mig welder and stainless steel wire so the pieces won't rust.
For the pieces that went on the curved sections I used a stretcher to mimic the curve.
I made tabs for all the mounting points the grill bar uses to attach to the other sheetmetal. I did this for both top and bottom.
Then I built the side pieces. They were rolled to match the bend of the edge of the bar and I used a break to make the bends. These pieces are 1.25" longer than the stainless weave was high.
I cut the underside edge of the top bar to allow the end pieces to slide up and into the bar using a dremel tool.
I put a bar on both top and bottom, thus totally retaining the side pieces.
For decoration I added a cast flying eyeball.
Here it is mounted on the car.