Reviewed By Roy G. M (Bend, OR) Reviewed for a 1963 Chevy Nova —7/4/2007 8:31 PM
The directions were unclear. They talked about having to cut the side grille mounts, although, before purchasing, the information about the grille (note "C" if I remember correctly) stated "no cutting required". I even called Carriage Works and they also stated "no cutting was required, I would just have to add a couple mounting brackets which would be included". The directions did not state that the original upper grille suport needed to be removed (this is the upper grille cross member which is connected to the hood latch) . The side mounting tabs on the grille were in the way and I figured since there was "no cutting required" and this was for a 62-64 Nova that maybe I needed to remove the side mounting tabs on the billet grille in order to install it on my 63 (that is how it appeared). Well, it was close but it didn't work. I ended up cutting the original side grille mounts as stated in the directions (which I was disappointed in, but I kept the pieces in case I ever want to weld them back on to go back to the original grille). I finally figured out on my own that the top grille support had to be removed. I was really bummed about the fact that I cut the side mounts off the billet grille. However, after I finally got the thing mounted it looks great. The missing side mounts did not seem to affect the stability much. There is a flaw, a wrinkle on a small section on the top side of one of the billets which is noticable. I would have sent it back if I had not cut the side mounting tabs off. Although, I still feel the "No Cutting Required" statements and the lack of information to remove the original upper grille support not being in the instructions was confusing and misleading.