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Badge-less 13' Passat (Finished Sep20)

FINISHED! September 20th 2016
http://imgur.com/GEfJ6FT

This is going to be the new head-line, and below is the original process/post.

Little break-down of random Information.
I live in NYC, this whole job cost me $2,000. The debadging of the hood and trunk would be $800, but I got literally 3/4th of my car painted due to an earlier accident and big scratches in some places.

The most Difficult thing was the Euro passat grille fitting.
Let me start with the finishing pictures, and we'll get into the grille a bit later.

Hood.
http://imgur.com/dErXRlQ
http://imgur.com/Rhu0XL3

Trunk
http://imgur.com/KRAuhVo

Grille break-down
Excuse my poor MS paint skills.


http://imgur.com/xOZ9nhm
Overview.

http://imgur.com/q2wqlyK
Left-side, top view.

http://imgur.com/Ii7LjMx
Right-side, top view.

http://imgur.com/cuJFsui
Left-side, side view.

http://imgur.com/O0fOFFE
Right-side, side view.

http://imgur.com/t80sgGF
Left-side, center view.

http://imgur.com/pzC9hFZ
Right-side, center view.

http://imgur.com/NIbxVtF
Bottom mounting bracket.

Grille imgur albums.
http://imgur.com/a/1vIuJ
http://imgur.com/a/ZJkaJ

Right now it's 3:26pm and I just realized I gotta get going!!
I'll be back 8:30pm EST and will do a breakdown, please post any questions you might have and I'll be as detailed as possible.
I just really wanted to share the finished product! :)



Original Post (In-progress pics/updates)
Hey!
So after looking around the forums and asking some people who chose not to reply, I decided to go ahead and sort-of wing it on going full badge-less on my 13' VR6 Passat.

Granted, I have a body shop which does repair and bodywork on wrecked auction cars and then sells them as "lightly used", so these guys have a lot of experience on making a car look factory new. But, they are nowhere near a "custom" shop.
If anyone can let me know how to get the steering wheel badge-less while still maintaining a good look, that'd be great. :)

Here are a few pictures of what's been done, and i'll try to explain how they done it.

http://imgur.com/WTKVWa4
Front, you can see how it's flat and ready to be painted.
They basically grinded off a metal piece from a wrecked hood, so that it has that "lip" at the end like all hoods do.(The edge part where the hood ends)

http://imgur.com/WLvEzve
This is the underside of the hood.

http://imgur.com/CZN3CHQ
Another shot.

http://imgur.com/b2Jb49S
The rear, also ready to be painted.

After painting, they're going to tackle the fitment of the Euro-passat grille to fit on this NMS passat.

Hope you guys enjoy this contribution, and let me know if you need any info.

I'll be updating this more or less daily, and the car should be show-room ready by Monday September 19th.

I dropped off my car at the shop Friday Sep 9th. And while they do have other cars to work on, as well many other body panels on my car(lady swerved into me, drivers side is all messed up, scratches, dings, scrapes.) this is the work that has been completed so far.

Update 1:
http://imgur.com/LuqoupD
http://imgur.com/Qo9IWKC
Donor hood piece. To fill in the VW logo hood indent.

http://imgur.com/32Ys9Mu
More refined Hood

http://imgur.com/DbjU4bN
Under the hood. Also more refined.

http://imgur.com/vTK9W3T
Trunk, refined.

Update 2:

http://imgur.com/7YQ8y88
Hood painted, and almost ready to go!

http://imgur.com/cBdJroT
I LOVE the way this came out. The rear is gonna be so clean, I can't wait!

EXTRA:
http://imgur.com/KtDbRYP
Getting ready to be painted after the minor accident :)

http://imgur.com/GOTlYVJ
Like brand-spanking new!
 

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Excellent stuff man. I ordered my grill and waiting to get it at the shop. Everything is happening like yours. I just hope he can figure the grill to make it work. Please do take lots of pictures of the grill being worked on, as it will help me out too. This is going to look amazing BTW
 

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looks good! Im excited to see the finished product!
 

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Thanks for the interest/support guys!

I updated the post with some more progress and other pics!

@Berti , let me know how yours is going!
I wanna see different handiwork, but hopefully equally great results. :)
 

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Thanks for the interest/support guys!

I updated the post with some more progress and other pics!

@Berti , let me know how yours is going!
I wanna see different handiwork, but hopefully equally great results. :)
Yah the only thing I am worried about is the grill and hopefully your able to snap some pictures that will show how it was customised and whatnot.
 

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Updated!

They finished painting, now doing the polishing. Problems with the grille fitment :/

We'll see what happens tomorrow.
 

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Congrats on getting the painting done. Rear end & hood look great! Curious to hear about what you ran into with the grill.

I've previously read about fitment issues and that the euro grill needs to be trimmed, but not having actually seen one I can only guess that the sides get trimmed?

Hope you get it worked out and come up with something, good luck.


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Congrats on getting the painting done. Rear end & hood look great! Curious to hear about what you ran into with the grill.

I've previously read about fitment issues and that the euro grill needs to be trimmed, but not having actually seen one I can only guess that the sides get trimmed?

Hope you get it worked out and come up with something, good luck.


Josh
Thanks! I really like the way it's coming out so far!

I'm going to go check in, and be there when they try to fit it tomorrow.

From what they told me, they tried to do some test fittings, and not only is the grille too wide(like you said needs to be trimmed) but it's also at more steep angle on the sides(near the hood there'll be a bigger gap between grille and headlights, as opposed to near the front bumper) and it's also the wrong angle vertically-wise.

I'll try to get more pics and go into more detail, once I have a chat with them tomorrow.

Worst case scenario I zip-tie it down at the bottom and screw it in at the top... :(
 

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Thanks! I really like the way it's coming out so far!

I'm going to go check in, and be there when they try to fit it tomorrow.

From what they told me, they tried to do some test fittings, and not only is the grille too wide(like you said needs to be trimmed) but it's also at more steep angle on the sides(near the hood there'll be a bigger gap between grille and headlights, as opposed to near the front bumper) and it's also the wrong angle vertically-wise.

I'll try to get more pics and go into more detail, once I have a chat with them tomorrow.

Worst case scenario I zip-tie it down at the bottom and screw it in at the top... :(
It's too bad such a simple thing is such an ordeal! Hopefully it's nothing a quick adjustment with a Dremel can't fix. You should be able to get it close enough that only you know.

Again hope it works out and I'm really looking forward to seeing the outcome! If you do adjust the grill please try to get before and after shots so we can see where the fitment was off and then what you did to remedy it.

Thanks for documenting/updating the progress


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Hey guys!

It's finally finished!

I gotta run, but i'll be back at 8:30pm and explain as much as possible, please post any questions you might have!
 

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Nicely done! All the body work looks great.

I don't think I realized just how different the grills shapes are.

It really makes it difficult to line it up evenly.

Thanks again for taking the time to post and document this.

Josh
 

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Whoo! Back!

Shot a pic in the garage! This car needs a wash pretty badly!


I've uploaded and MS painted everything I thought was worth noting.

My only gripe is that it protrudes a bit forward and it isn't flush with the bumper.
To make it flush, it'd have to be cut literally to pieces and would not fit nicely over the top where the 4 screws are.


Thanks for the support and interest!
Hope you guys enjoyed this little journey, and Berti let me see your finished project as well :)
 

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Glad it's all done man. I hope with your pictures I can get the grill to fit good. Thanks for all the help and responses man. Definitely will keep you on the lop of how everything goes. We decided to wait on the grill before we start the project.
 

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Well here is my own badgless grill job done by me for the first time and with a pair of cutting wire pliars.. Sharp set.

I trimed the grill sides all around little by little and did not even cut into the grill Front at all just the inner parts. Cut most of the bottom clips that hook on bumper as well. I literally have no gaps at all and it looks oem. When I closed the hood I had to adjust the rubber stoppers because the hood wasn't closing. Ones they were done, it closed perfectly. Now I need to get the notch filled and painted.

Top I used two washers each side.. Made it like a sandwich one bottom one top and grill in between.. Super solid and does not move one bit.

Should I keep the tdi logo or not??


























Added this as well while I was at it. Works awsome. I tapped into the one in the arm rest

 
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