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Another manufacturing core competency is our metal stamping. Our highest demand is for grille surrounds, floor & patch panels, and sills for the Metropolitan. New stamping process developed for the grille surrounds in 2015-16. Click on thumbnail for larger pic.

Laser cut steel blanks are place on top of first aluminum die and 'stamped' with 30 ton press to create the curved shape.

Die #2 (shown) starts the edge folding process. Blank is held into place by press where edges are folded over 90 degrees. 

 

Mounting clips are made in-house in two steps. A metal stud is spot welded onto a blank steel tab, then corners are rounded on sander.  Mounting clip is taped in place on back side of surround which is placed in mold. Notice the bent edges. The 3rd die is placed on top, fitting onto the welded studs. A weight bar is added to ensure smooth and even crimping of edges.

Surround is checked for quality and hand finished. Sent to platers where it is triple chromed. Final product, chromed grille surround made exactly to fit on your Metropolitan. No gaps. Longer studs for installing. Cost a little bit more but fits just like the original, if not better. Pictured with chrome mesh grille.


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