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Old 04-06-2014, 06:35 PM
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Remove and Replace 1999 Grille?

How hard is it to remove a 1999 E450 Grille? I want to replace it with a 2004 Grille. Please advise.
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I have an '02 with the same grille as yours. I remember asking what it would take to mount an '03+ grille because I prefer the style a bit, but the mounting points are different enough that I was told that it take a bit of a hack job to convert to the later grille.

Let us know if you find out any different. I don't think it's that hard to remove the grille. I remember the '97-02 grilles (like ours, with the oval in the center), being really cheap on Ebay and Amazon, and you could get a plain painted one and repaint it or something to get a different look (I'd consider this if my grille ever gets trashed). But a painted grille will get sandblasted over the years so that could be an issue as well.

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Old 04-06-2014, 07:09 PM
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I changed my 1999 grille with a 2006 grille. It bolts in just the same. Nothing is different.
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I changed my 1999 grille with a 2006 grille. It bolts in just the same. Nothing is different.
Good news to me if a few years late...besides the 3(?) small hex bolts at the top, I see 2 metal spring clamps along the bottom edge on my '02. What else is involved in removing the grille?

Online pics of the '03 grille shows 3 recesses on the bottom--is there anything different there? are there any vertical tabs that hook in when you slide the grille down into the opening? Some parts listings also indicate a diff between the sealed beam vehicles and the molded headlights (I have the latter).

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George, I put a chrome 04 grille on first from a van with the composite Headlights and mine has sealed beams and it just snaps in. The 3 clips at the bottom snap in with no problems. Then I changed to a 06 non chrome grille and it fit to. I've since replaced my broke header panel with a 06 model and aside from my front end being bent to one side it fit in with minimal work. It seems as ford didn't change anything besides cosmetic on the 95-08 vans. If I ever get ahold of a 08+ van I'll go in and change from the fenders forward on my 99 and try to change dashboards too.
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George, I put a chrome 04 grille on first from a van with the composite Headlights and mine has sealed beams and it just snaps in. The 3 clips at the bottom snap in with no problems. Then I changed to a 06 non chrome grille and it fit to. I've since replaced my broke header panel with a 06 model and aside from my front end being bent to one side it fit in with minimal work. It seems as ford didn't change anything besides cosmetic on the 95-08 vans. If I ever get ahold of a 08+ van I'll go in and change from the fenders forward on my 99 and try to change dashboards too.
Thanks a ton for your help! one feature with the 03+ grilles is that we get two blue oval Ford emblems with the one on the hood, but that doesn't bother me at all

Does the hood safety have clearance thru the grille? (looks like it would be no problem with the wide slots in that area)

I remember thinking about a billet grille but wondering how I'd get to the dang safety lever.

Wish I'd known this a few years back...we'll have to see how long I want to commit to keeping my van and if I feel like changing something for the sake of changing something I might try. Non chrome ones are like $35 on Ebay.

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Thank you everyone. I guess I will try out the switch.
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The hood release works as easy as before. As for the dual Ford emblems, it adds +15 hp. And automatically makes it faster than other cars. Lol
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