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    Default 82' Box Merc meets Volvo lower valence

    wrap your heads around this one fellas. as you all know from my RR write up, the original owners to my Merc drilled holes through my 9/10 chrome bumper and proceeded to put a tow bar on it. ive since removed those mounts and to cover them i slapped on some KC Highlites with an HID bulb swap. cant tell you how sick i am of seeing those things cover up my chrome. so im taking a shot here and mounting them below the bumper with custom brackets. ive recently been in search of a lower valence to custom fit it on a box and use for fogs. just so happens a good friend of mine had his old lower valence of his 88 Volvo 740. its pretty rough so he just gave it to me and theres alot of fiberglass to be done to make it legit on my box. for one it was too narrow. and 2, the mounting holes dont line up.

    anyhow, heres where im at.
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    question i have is where do i line up the edge of it. right now i have it at the edge of the body where the plastic trim piece is. or do i move it out a bit and line it with the edge of the bumper. im leaning more toward leaving it as pictured.

    what do you think gents?
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    +1 body.

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    this is what it looks like on the original car. still mounts flush witha body line
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    Wherever it ends up being will look awesome.

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    I like it!.....if ya cant find parts from a box(panther)...get parts from a box (Volvo)....lol

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    At the risk of sticking my nose where it might not be welcome, I'll offer my $0.02CDN. Based on the head-on view in photo #4, I would say you definitely don't want to go to the edge of the bumper. I think that maybe the valence could go a little more in that direction, so that the edge of the valence lines up with the line between the outer headlight and the signal light, but that would ultimately be a personal aesthetic choice having regard to the practicalities of the situation. I'm definitely against going to the edge of the bumper though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IPreferDIY View Post
    At the risk of sticking my nose where it might not be welcome, I'll offer my $0.02CDN. Based on the head-on view in photo #4, I would say you definitely don't want to go to the edge of the bumper. I think that maybe the valence could go a little more in that direction, so that the edge of the valence lines up with the line between the outer headlight and the signal light, but that would ultimately be a personal aesthetic choice having regard to the practicalities of the situation. I'm definitely against going to the edge of the bumper though.
    agreed. im leaning away from the bumper deal myself as well. with the given situation the only reason its positioned as is, is because the side "lip" if you will, tucks up nicely behind our box's plastic bumper trim. take a close look at pic #2 and youll see what i mean.
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    The way the post came up in the main menu, I thought at first you had a collision with a Volvo, with the Merc!!. It pays to click for further info. LOL!!!

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    thumbs up for that one bud, hahahaha! made my night
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    Quote Originally Posted by PICKUP6772 View Post
    The way the post came up in the main menu, I thought at first you had a collision with a Volvo, with the Merc!!. It pays to click for further info. LOL!!!
    That's what I thought as well so I had "Uncle Guido" warming up in the bullpen to break some knee caps!!! Bobby


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    Pretty sick man! If it works, work it.


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    is that valance narrow enough to actually put two on? Or could you lop off the adjoining ends to fiberglass two of those things into one FrankenValance? Because I'm thinking that would look kickass across the entire front under the bumper, painted to match the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sxcpotatoes View Post
    is that valance narrow enough to actually put two on? Or could you lop off the adjoining ends to fiberglass two of those things into one FrankenValance? Because I'm thinking that would look kickass across the entire front under the bumper, painted to match the car.
    the way im working it is that i cut it in half because it was too narrow to fit to the body lines like i wanted. so what my plan is, is to put the fogs in the outer most cutout like it was originally on the volvo. then fiberglass the 2 halves together and smooth it out. in this process ill also be making some new mount holes in the valence so i can utilize the original holes where the bumper mounts to its rear support bar. it will also be color matched as you suggested

    in the end it should be something like this but color matched
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    got them mad photoshop skills bro..
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    I am liking this. Currently the only other suggestions has been this:http://www.grandmarq.net/vb/showthre...-Front-air-dam

    They make a version of that panel with holes for fog lights as well......


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    I have one of those GM truck ones with the fog light holes. It fits the 79-87 bumpers pretty damn well.

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    I'm looking forward to the finished product.
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    This is cool. Any chance you could report on mileage or high-speed handling changes when you're done? In theory keeping air out from under these things is one of the best aero mods possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnunit View Post
    This is cool. Any chance you could report on mileage or high-speed handling changes when you're done? In theory keeping air out from under these things is one of the best aero mods possible.
    +1 with respect to hearing the results

    I actually came across a website recently where someone claimed the stock deflector on later models wasn't particularly significant. I managed to find the site again, and here's the link: http://www.postandcourier.com/articl...2107/130429428

    Here's the pertinent quote:
    "TOM: Does it make a big difference in your mileage? No. It’s only a factor at higher speeds. But manufacturers work in fractions of a mile per gallon, knowing that they all add up. So to them, it was worth the small cost. Or maybe it was worth the cost for all the money they’ll make later on replacement air deflectors!"

    I would be interested in messing around with mine if there is a significant benefit to be gained.

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    i heard about the GM truck ones and was looking to find one at a yard for quite some time now. wasnt till bout 2-3 weeks ago i put 2 and 2 together and realized i had a lower valence i could use. thus what you see here. i knew modifications needed done. and since im gettting more confident in my glassing skills i figured id be able to make whatever i want out of it.

    the way the valence fits originally is that it has 2 outer fog light cutouts. and 3 middle cutouts for styling/airflow. the middle most cutout is being glassed solid to hide where i had to cut the thing in half. the other 2 will remain open. it will be body matched in color and my fogs relocated from the bumper to the outermost valence holes.

    it will look much lower in the front after im done. after the 1" drop ive already done this will look nice. there is another drop still to come as i feel its still not the right stance. i didnt expect to see much of a mpg difference but you all seem pretty convinced that something however small should happen. im excited to see. thanks for the support glad you all like the concept and ill try to keep you posted as i progress. it will be slow goings though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marquis_82_withneons View Post
    ... ill try to keep you posted as i progress. it will be slow goings though.
    No rush here. Good luck!

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