Posted January 06, 2011 - 05:42 PM
My statement was with the understanding that the product would be the entire grille shell. As I said, for the cost, the market is not there. You are more than welcome to build and bring them to market... but as I and others have stated, you will probably not find a market for the price. That said, I feel that the work and materials to create a grille that is a very good match to the OE is "worth" $300.00 because I know steel, labor, and the effort to make the grille. There just is not a lucrative market for them. Unlike the venture with the hood trim rings that are almost always damaged beyond repair, the grille shells can be found with minor and repairable damage to them.
What you really have to look at, is that there are plenty of tractors sold for parts for a third of that cost with grilles in them that can be used. If one were in such dire need of a grille shell, they could buy a tractor, keep the grille, and sell the rest in parts and not only cover the cost, but make money in the process. I am not trying to stop the process of new parts, that would be stupid... But at the same time, I keep a pretty good eye on what sells on e-bay and craigslist and I just do not see a market to the public at large.