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Trust but verify, no problem. Shame, those are not too pricey. I found them at twice that price!
Black or grey grilles give the car quite different looks, both are nice. Black grilles come all black, no further work. Grey grilles are painted, underneath is some kind of hospital beige. I very lightly sanded them, taped the vertical slats to keep the black paint that was there and cleaned everything with silicone remover. Someone at the shop offered to spray them, that was gladly accepted. They are a little darker now than original but grey enough. The correct colour is neither silver nor metallic grey but something in between. Taping the vertical slats may get on your nerves.First, the grills to my inexperienced eye, and referring specifically to the chrome/zinc, part were unsalvageable and I had no idea how to replicate the silver. Redone the chrome surround, but primed the grills black. Not to say, I can’t go back and redo it to make it silver, but it looks like a lot of work I am not sure I have the expertise. Would like to keep them silver, but I didn’t see an option,, and the latter ones were black.
The better dash is always the better choice. Difficulty is the instument cluster housing. Clusters for the later version are secured from above with one screw through the dash into the cluster housing. Series 1 housings come without the sliding piece with the thread for the screw but with a nose on top. This nose will most likely stand in the way when you try to insert the cluster into the dash opening.Secondly, the dash was in fact three pieces. It was a disaster, so I have sourced a very nice one piece or later Dash thanks to Dick very early on in the process.
That's how it was done at the factory. In later years, the grilles were often painted black by the owners for a more sporty look or whatever. The W&N pieces come in a light yellow-beige colour, as far as I know. Probably not an option.And last, the horizontal grills that came to the car were black. You’re in good shape but I bought some new ones anyway from WN as they were not expensive. I understand your saying they should be painted the same color as the car, correct?