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1965-66 fastback vent louver grille

I'm looking for any information on the creation of the grilles for the 65/66 fastback louver vents if you were to want to make a faithful reproduction from scratch. Were they made on the line or were they delivered to the line ready to install? Were they wound on a jig and attached to the vent bracket? Are they cast into the bracket? What material is used for the grille (I'd guess aluminum, but would just be a guess)

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Are you asking about the "grilles" inside the car on the "sail panel" or whatever they call it or are you asking about the "grilles" that attach to the external louvers? Neither of those would be "wound on a jig".
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Cast pot metal with stamped out flat screens.



It also appears that Ford expected them to let water inside because they put a catch tray under the things with a drain hose dumping into the rocker panel.
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@macstang what you identify as "stamped out flat screen" is the grille I'm referring to. Any info available on their process for stamping them?

@awhtx ...was leaving the question open ended because I dont know how they're made. pretty sure I could wind something fairly close, so I would expect they could have if they wanted to.

@c6fastback ...cant see your attachment atm (or yours from your 2nd post @awhtx)

The vent grilles for the louvers in the sail panel are what I'm referring to.

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@c6fastback yes. those are exactly what I'm referring to.

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The screens were stamped out of very thin pieces of steel(simulated wire) and chrome plated. They may have started with a blank roll and then the hole stamping fingers actually spread them apart into that oval/diamond shape as they cut each row of holes but I'm not sure. You can bend them easily with your fingers. It looks to me like they ran rolls of this stuff out long wise and then cut to the different louvre widths with some sort of a sheer because they are all the same height but different lengths.


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If you make them I would like to see them and maybe buy a set.
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Get out your dial caliper and see if you can find the right size on McMaster. Looks like there are a lot of different size options there.
https://www.mcmaster.com/#expanded-metal/=1ecpmal

Once you have the right sheet, it shouldn't be too hard to use tin snips to cut them out.

Looks like the opening on the stainless steel is too big, but maybe the aluminum is an option.

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Expanded metal is pretty common. As suggested, McMaster is a good source.

Here's a cool alternative, that wouldn't be factory correct, but would look awesome. Perforated hex sheet.

https://www.mcnichols.com/search/per...questid=338384

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Expanded metal is pretty common. As suggested, McMaster is a good source.

Here's a cool alternative, that wouldn't be factory correct, but would look awesome. Perforated hex sheet.

https://www.mcnichols.com/search/per...questid=338384
Expanded metal! Did not know the term.
Funny you should mention the hex perf sheet. I had come across it while looking for "diamond sheet" and it definitely caught my eye. I'm still trying to make up my mind on exactly what I'm wanting to do for styling and it's been slow going making the forms for my louver inners. Still a lot to do on them, because I've got so many things to take my time away from working on my car. I thought that the louver vent grilles would be an easy thing to decide on, but my wife had to chime in and say "you could weave your own grille pattern with rings" ...I really liked the idea of doing something custom, and set out to see if the stock "diamond pattern" grilles would be easy to come by.

It gives me a fallback option.
(for context, I'm making 65-66 style louvers for my 67 fastback)

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67 C-code Fastback - "Tombstone"

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Same thing as a '65 grille.
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