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Old 12-02-2009, 07:59 AM   #1
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345 front grill

The front grill has seperated from the adjacent side pannels. It appears that there were rivits through the pannels and into the back of the grill edges. Haven't figured out how to reattach as the rivits do not go clear through the grill edge. If any one has fixed this type of problem, please share the trick. The grill is still solidly attached to the coach, but the edges are unsightly. First the right side opened and within a month, the left side did the same. My coach is an 89 345 LE. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:33 AM   #2
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The front grill has seperated from the adjacent side pannels. It appears that there were rivits through the pannels and into the back of the grill edges. Haven't figured out how to reattach as the rivits do not go clear through the grill edge. If any one has fixed this type of problem, please share the trick. The grill is still solidly attached to the coach, but the edges are unsightly. First the right side opened and within a month, the left side did the same. My coach is an 89 345 LE. Thanks in advance.
Photo's ??

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Old 12-02-2009, 11:31 AM   #3
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Ditto, Andy's request. I've always thought my grill was one of the toughest I've seen. I've had it out to do work under the hood in the past and it is quite well attached on the 1984 model.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:10 PM   #4
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grill pix

Hope these come through.
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Hope these come through.
The problem, can be 3 fold.

1. Lack of proper wheel balance.

2. Bad front shocks.

3. Front spring air bags missing or improperly inflated.

Can be any one of these, or a combination.

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Old 12-02-2009, 02:54 PM   #6
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Wow, that is a new one. I was thinking the center section that attaches to the ends you are having trouble with.

Good luck with the fix.

BTW, you don't have anything attached to the center section do you?
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:32 PM   #7
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All I can say is WOW .

Its almost as if your grille section was breaking apart. From what I can see via the photos is it looks like the back of the grille is supposed to be bonded in some fashion to the front. How its bonded its to hard to say looking at the pictures. If I get a chance I'll wander down to the shop and check ours out to see if I can get an idea of how they are made.

Keep us posted on what you find as you tear into it.

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That is a typical problem. Put some screws in the sides.
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Had to go out and look...the cowling around the headlights is bolted horizontally to the top and bottom grill frame(2 bolts per cowling)...the body-to-headlight cowling is sealed with a thin bead(Vulkem?), and was painted, probably a factory job. SOMETHING had to pull the body from the cowling or vice-versa, but from the pics, the integrity of the grill seems undisturbed...
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:28 AM   #10
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Grill fix

First tried to use self tapping screws from behind (1/2" so as to not come through the facing). Screws to short to hold. The final answer, is as the pix shows. Drilled a 1/4" hole and used a stainless carrige bolt with wide washers and lock washer on the back. Note: I believe the seperation occured because the front must have been compromised in its earlier life. Recently I painted the stripe green and the vibration on the numatic sander must have shook loose the odd rivits that somehow went into the back of the grill edges. Looks pretty good now!
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Nice repair, raveson!
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:29 AM   #12
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I looked at mine very close ! Looks like it was repaired at some time

No screws- Marine-Tec
Is what it looks like was used ???
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