Brewing a Mesh Grille for the Bentley Turbo R
Today I brewed up a mesh grille for my Bentley Turbo R.
Home brew in fact. Not from the factory. Not mass made. You can not buy a six pack of these.
Why and how you many say? The original vains on the Turbo R are fine.
Why? Because I can, and I like mesh grilles on Bentleys. They are more traditional. Like a W.O. or a new GT.
And it's my car, and what did you do this afternoon?
How? Well, firstly go over to another Bentley drivers place who has a couple of Bentleys.
Then maybe have his mate come over who last month home brewed a mesh grille for his Bentley Continental R.
Thanks so much guys for all your help today. I really appreciated it.
I think between the 3 of us we owned 6 or 7 Bentleys - but I only have one.
Three bolts removed the Bentley grille. A lot easier than I thought.
And here is a rear view of the vains. Ready for some cosmetic enhancements.
The vains are in two parts, held on to the grille surround by 8 bolts.
Vains extracted, ready for the new ingredients.
As with all recipes it is best to carefully measure, so it comes out just right.
As usual with home brewing, you tend to recycle competitors products.
This time an appropriate template for the mesh.
Then it is to the bolt cutters to snip snip snip. A little rough at first.
Discarding excess as appropriate.
Then test placement in the grille surround, hoping you did not not add too much yeast.
Then it is to the fine tuning of the hops.
Now the addition of the key element. The centre post. Held on by cable ties. Yes it is home brew.
It is certainly coming together.
I could have tapped in aluminium edging all around, but electrical tape edged it quite well.
Now to the marrage of mesh to surround.
Cooked up some aluminium brackets to hold everything in place quite well. 8 in all, using the same mounts as the vains.
And hello ladies and gentleman! A mesh grille for my Bentley!
Check it out! I think it looks great.
Now back to mounting the grille on the car.
Lining up everything ended up being a bit of a challenge. My bonnet was not put on straight last time it was taken off, so that was fixed.
Then the centre post had to be perfect. But what was slightly skewed was the flying B blank after the badge.
After quite a bit of chiropractic adjustments to the bonnet, the grill, the flying B blank, the centre post and the mesh it finally was right.
Now check it out, just great. I am a fan.
And I did it myself. With some great help, but I had a go. And I think I made my car better.
And it's totally reversible for the people who think it's wrong. I don't think it looks like a Bentley Eight. I think it looks more like a late 90s Bentley Turbo R along with my 18" wheels.
Thanks again to the Bentley boys who helped me out today.
I owe you beer.
Here is a comparison article I wrote in 2007 and a good side by side shot here.