PT Grill kits

How hard is it to install the beltline and chrome grill kits on the PT Cruisers?
Is this something that can be done as a DIY project? Any tips?
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If it is a direct bolt-on kit then yes it is very easy to DIY. Basically all you have to do is unbolt the old one and then bolt the new one in.
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On Mon, 28 Aug 2006 08:26:36 -0700, my99cavy

I've seen tons of PTs with bolt-on dresser kits running around lately. PT clubs abound out here, and I can always see them on the road on the weekends on outings. Ditto on the dresser kits for the 300Cs, which seem to have become a ghetto favorite with those ridiculous baby buggy wheels...unfortunately. Nice car all around, but the greenhouse is a LITTLE small, sort of a like a chopped '49 Merc! Anyone in here have a 300C to report on?
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I think there is some sort of PT group around me also. seen them a few times all parked in a parking lot showing off there cars.
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On Mon, 28 Aug 2006 11:02:26 -0700, my99cavy

I don't remember any new US car having such a big "club" following in many, many years. I remember there were lots of muscle car clubs back in the '60s-early '70s (we had a local RoadRunner/GTX club with 55 members back then, and a Mustang club with over 150) but after that era ended, marque-based car clubs went "retro," with lots of '57 Chevy clubs and that sort of thing. The only big "club cars" of late, before the PT caught on, were the "rice racers" with their VTEC Hondas (and tons of posuers.) DaimlerChrysler seems to have a real following with the PT...hope they don't screw it up like King Henry Ford II screwed up the Mustang in '71! If anyone's to blame for the bloated, ineffective management structure at Ford these days, it'd be "Henry the Drunk." I don't think Billy Boy can shake that problem, either, as Ford continues to roll headlong into the dumpster, as if tailgating a nearly dead GM.
If Lee Iacocca did one thing extremely right during his years at Chrysler, it was defying the board and insisting on building the state-of-the-art Belvidere Design Center. That's how DC can rush new, popular models to market so much faster than Ford or GM, and Lee knew that back then. GM, stuck in essentially the same timeline structure they had when Sloan was running things, can't get the new "retro-Camaro" to market fast enough, and Ford is saturating that market now with their "retro-Mustang," one of the only profitable cars they have. By the time Wagoner gets GM off its fat ass to finally debut the Camaro, it may be too late to meet the market with any degree of success except for Chevy fans...who are dwindling.
GM's GTO had the potential to be a club fave, but they screwed that package up bigtime. The platform for that car, the Holden Monaro from Australia, is a big hit in Oz and New Zealand, where Monaro clubs abound similar to PT Cruiser clubs here. But, in typical GM fashion, GM tried to "badge engineer" it into the US market and failed miserably. Another example of GM design and marketing incompetence: The Pontiac Aztek/Buick Rendevouz disaster. If I were a GM mid-level guy seeing that first Aztek roll off the line, I would have immeidately had bad visions of the '59 Cadillac and thought, "Oh no...what have we DONE here???" GM tried to put lipstick on that pig by disguising it as the "Buick Rendevous," but the public was already savvy to the move, and it too failed.
Going back into the '80s, GM had a hit with the interesting Pontiac Fiero (there were a few Fiero clubs sprouting out here and there) and then, after a fuel line fire problem hit the news, instead of fixing the problem and continuing, they killed the car! That decision was from GM's worst-ever top brass, Roger Smith, probably one of them most incompetent US CEOs (along with Bob Allen, who tanked AT&T) to ever live...typical of many CEOs who comes up through the "beancounter" end of the business.
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DeserTBoB wrote:

I remember when the Fiero was big news mainly due to its plastic body panels mid mount engine. But alas it turned out to be really underpowered - a TR-7 wannabe.
Lately GM's new retro styled HHR looks like a PT on steroids. Butt ugly IMHO.
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The 2M4 with the "Iron Duke" four, yes. With the 60 Chevy V6, it was a rocket.

Yes...badly done. They tried to adapt the grille from the '48 Chevy Fleetmaster and failed. Sales are slow, and are mainly to Chevrolet/GM loyalists. When marketed directly againts the PT, it loses.
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I thought that it was supposed to be the 49 Chevy/GMC truck grill? The cars had variations on the 42 grill.
. Sales are slow, and are mainly to

From what I have read, it is the only GM model that is attracting any sales attention.
When marketed directly againts the PT, it

I wish that they would come up with a Coupe version of the PT Cruiser and base it on the 46-48 Chrysler line. I have a 1940 Royal, and it uses the older late '30's small side window and extra long trunk.
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On Tue, 29 Aug 2006 10:53:17 -0500, "Count Floyd"

The 1948 Chevy truck started the "louvered square" grille that lasted into '53, that didn't have the curvature of the HHR's "retro" grille. Maybe we're talking two different vehicles. GM has one running around now that is a PT Cruiser "knock off" that has a "frowning" grille opening with horizontal bars, very reminiscent of the '48 Chevy...hardly a memorable vehicle, to say the least. The little pickup has a "retro" kind of grille that doesn't really resemble much of anything. Sales of those seem slow, as well.

...which isn't good. Right now, Chevy dealers literally have tons of unsold Suburpans, trucks and other gas guzzlers that they can't even sell at deep discount. My neighbor just picked up a brand new Tahoe for wholesale...from a dealer! From what he says, they were dying to get rid of it, and he was the only "up" on the store floor for over four hours, with all the foot traffic going to the parts department. Ditto the unsuccessful downsized "Impaler," which isn't moving at all. The HHR is drawing some floor traffic, but sales in comparison to the PT are dismal, at best. I've only seen two HHRs on the road thus far, but scads of new PTs. My local Chevy versus Chrsyler/Dodge/Jeep dealers tell the tale...the Chevy dealer is a ghost town, the Chrysler store is teeming with foot traffic. I even saw a Prowler on the road the other day....wow! An impractical car, perhaps, but what an eye-catcher!
At this rate, it wouldn't surprise me to see DaimlerChrysler pass Ford as the #2 of the "Big 3." Ford is in dire straits, as earlier mentioned. After some initial sales (mostly to women, according to JD Power), the 500 appears to be a dead duck. I drove one...nice enough car, but somehow they managed to take a big sedan and make it look like an overinflated Focus. They screwed the Focus up as well, by making the styling less "edgy." The original Focus ZX3 was a hot seller, but this year's sedan version is....ho hum. Focus also got a really lousy reliability reputation in its first year, thanks to bumbling by Nassar on engineering issues.
One also has to remember that despite the "spin" from our addled-brained president and his neocon puppeteers, the US economy is a shambles, with $217 million a DAY being gobbled up by Iraq...and that comes off the TOP of the Treasury, because, to hide the expense, the Bushies are paying for his little war adventure with "off budget" approvals. It's no wonder Bernanke has to raise overnight rates...Bush is robbing Treasury blind! In reality, we're in a skyrocketing deficit mode, and whenever that happens, the people down at the bottom...car buyers...suffer a lot. Wages are DOWN 8% for the first time since the Great Depression, while inflation keeps stumbling along at a real adjusted pace of about 1.5% per annum. Do the math...doesn't leave a lot of bucks for John Q. Public to buy a new car, now, does it? Those that do are shopping for value, and the Japs now have the corner on that reputation, deserved or not. What DC is managing to do is introduce new models to meet the market faster than either Ford or GM (thanks again to Lee Iacocca) and thus, they get there first. Ford's only selling ONE car now...the retro Mustang, and that's a flaky market segment, at best.

Sort of a "turret top" version of the PT...sounds interesting! Seems, though, that no one wants a vehicle with a "trunk" anymore.
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Chrysler always used to be the #2 manufacturer behind GM, as they were the only ones to have full lines of cars: Plymouth/Chevy, Dodge/Pontiac/Olds, DeSoto/Olds/Buick, Chrysler/Buick/Cadillac, Imperial/Cadillac/LaSalle. Ford only had itself, and Lincoln until they brought in the Mercury in 39.
the 500 appears to be a dead duck. I drove one...nice enough

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On Tue, 29 Aug 2006 20:04:53 -0500, "Count Floyd"

True, but Ford pulled around Chrysler after WW II, especially with the '49 Fords and Mercs, which were fantastic sellers due to their styling and various features. What was funny was that the old, tired 239" flattie in the Ford produced the same BHP as the more modern 6, and on more fuel! However, Ford's slab sided styling (actually first used by Kaiser-Fraser in 1947) was an instant hit in comparison to GM's fairly rotund offerings, save for the '48 Cadillac with it's P-38 fins, which became legendary.
Chrysler's products were pretty badly designed styling-wise in that era, until Virg Exner sort of stood Chrysler's styling department on its head in '53 for the '55 models. Even with "school teacher" styling in the early '50s, though, Chrysler was on the cutting edge of technical development, and Exner's new shapes made it all sell again. Once the jazzy new models came out, along with those fabulous engines and Torqueflite, Ford had to start worrying. After some serious mismanagement in the '70s, Lee Iacocca, who had a death wish of "King Henry II" anyway, took control and accellerated Chrysler toward the #2 spot again and they haven't backed off yet. Looking at Ford's lousy product line this year, and the latest sales figures, I'd say it's a good bet that DC will pass Ford again possibly in the '07 model year.
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I had a 49 Windsor sedan, FluidDrive and all the options, nice car, room for 8 people on those big old seats!
and Exner's new shapes made it all sell again.

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On Wed, 30 Aug 2006 11:32:47 -0500, "Count Floyd"

Chryslers and De Sotos were THE taxi cab choice in those years...huge seating areas, typical Chrysler dependability and better engineering than arch-competitor Checker. Chrysler held that industry pretty much to itself until the modern Checker A8 "Marathon" showed up around '56, with its Continental Red Seal 6 and Borg-Warner automatic. I don't think any tougher car was ever built.
The last in-service Checker cab was retired in New York City only a couple of years ago due to advanced age...it didn't pass the Taxi Commission's inspection, but it managed to put in something like 28 years' service in NYC taxi service, a record, and it still running. Checker's still in business, doing subcontract metal stamping work for the Big 3 and the Japanese "foreign" factories. The A8 was the last hurrah for Continental in terms of automotive engines went. The last Checkers with Continentals came out in '64, IIRC.
In college, I drove for a regional bus carrier that had a few Marathons and one Aerobus in its fleet for airport service and shuttles. The 11 passenger Aerobus was quite a tank! It had the Continental/Borg-Warner powertrain which was extremely durable, if nothing else. The B-W tranny was the very same used by AMC until they switched over to Torqueflites, which was actually the beginning of the AMC/Chrysler merger, as AMC became increasingly dependent upon Chrysler as a supplier.
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Checkers were great cars. Here in South Florida, there are at least three checkers, two sedans, one with a padded roof and a wagon.
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Count Floyd wrote:

don't listen to DeserTBob- his full time car is a 1979 Honda !
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JaKe wrote:

They made a V-6 Fiero that was very powerful.
The new GTO is a powerhouse, and the Solstice is scheduled to get a 390 HP engine in upcoming years.
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my99cavy wrote:

BEWARE- "DESERTBOB" is a troll that actually knows NOTHING about Mopars- he drives an aging rotted Honda car from the 1970's- his tech advice is all lies and BS
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