Chevy Tech: Grille Replacement - Front-End Facelift

We Freshen Up a G-body Nose With New Bright Work From OPGI

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Just like the smile on someone's face, the front of your ride is usually the first thing people see. If your grille is all broken and the chrome is scratched and worn away, that car just won't look as good as it should. In the past it's been pretty easy to get replacement parts for early cars like the first-gen Camaros and pre-'72 Chevelles, but if you had a G-body you were screwed. Well, that is not a problem anymore thanks to Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI) and the company's '78-87 catalog. OPGI has a ton of restoration products for the G-body platform, making these cars a whole lot easier to restore or refurbish.

In this story, we are going to freshen up the front end of an '82 Malibu with all new bright work. We ordered up a bumper, grille, turn-signal lenses, and headlight bezels. The job should only take an hour or two, but the pay-off is worth way more than the time spent doing it.

At the end of the story we will give you a breakdown of the parts and tools needed so all you G-body people can be prepared for your own front-end facelift à no anesthesia necessary.

Parts

DescriptionPart No.Price
Headlight bezel (RH)KR2007380.95
Headlight bezel (LH)KR2007280.95
Turn/parking lens (RH)L24026336.95
Turn/parking lens (LH)L24026436.95
GrilleL23009395.50
BumperL240431304.95
Total$636.25

Tools Needed

  • Screwdriver with T15 bit
  • Pliers
  • 7mm socket
  • 13mm socket
  • 13mm wrench
  • 3/8-drive air ratchet (optional)
  • 3/8-drive impact (optional)

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