Jay, its a great idea and original. Use the mesh from Lowes or Home Depot. Its aluminum and easy to cut. You may have to fabricate brackets to make fit, and also trim with small diameter tubing or hose.
I plan on making some for the 86z too. It will cover the opening below the grill. Later, and good luck with your project.
Jay, I looked over the registries here at the different years to get an idea of what you need to do. First, from what I can tell (not owning a 2nd gen, its tough) is you need to come in from the rear of the bumper. The mesh would have to be installed from the rear, not from the front. You will probably fasten in the rear of the bumper by extending tabs (little mesh extensions for fastening) from the mesh to mount somewhere onto the inside or rear of the bumper.
This may give you an idea on how I would do it. Remember, you want easy access to the mesh for easy removal. I dont think it would take more than 4-6 screws total to make fit nicely. Remember to cut the mesh in the basic shape of the opening and trim from there. I hope this helps a little.
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I believe the grill would sit better if it were installed from the front of the bumper, allowing it to be wider to sit in the bevel. Misnblu's idea of leaving tabs to allow mounting on the inside of the mouth would work, and of course won't be visible, you just may need a friend to hold the grill while you bolt/screw it in from behind the bumper, which is easier said than done. You don't have terribly much room to work with in there. Anyways, I've rambled long enough.
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Interesting idea. I am not a big fan of the mesh grills (depends on how many bugs are stuck in it ), but it would definately be unique on a second gen. I'll go out an look at my car in the morning, but I think it may be best to mount it from behind. That way all mounting hardware should be able to be hidden. May need to remove the bumper cover to get the best results and ease in installation? That may make even more work for you though...
I just suggested it fit in from the front to sit within the bevel, all the mounts would still be behind it, so there's no ugly installation mess. I'd go out and double-check everything on my car, but there's a bad thunderstorm at the moment, and I already took my shower for the day. I'll see when it clears up.
Well, i went out and took a quick look at my car (nice and sunny here )
Anyway, the way I had imagined it in my head of doing it from behind, i mean mounting it, damn, i mean installing it from behind won't work, and I now understand the front mounting procedure. Good luck Looks like it is going to be a lot of trial and error to get it to fit right
May I suggest trial cutting some cardboard or something to make sure you get the size that fits and a template to cut the mesh? Could probably use it to mark installation holes as well.
Just some food for thought.
P.S. Moon you are supposed to be moderating this forum not causing trouble
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Yeah, I got a big piece of cardboard to use as a template. Now I'm just trying to figure the best way to attach it to car without it being noticable. Hopefully, I'll get to try it this weekend, and I'll let you'll know how it goes. Thanks for the help!!