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Just Can't Gut Tractor Grilles

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  1. Crookshanks
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    I try not to be judgamental, but I just can't get down with tractor grilles on hot rods. Correct me if I'm wrong, was it a traditional trend I'm not aware of? Some guys have done a decent job mating them up with hoods and such but that front end is prime real estate. I don't get it.
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    The ones on Worthington Tractors are the best IMO.
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    I'm with you. Tractor grills on cars or hanging on the wall are just plain fugly. That being said, they look right at home on an old tractor and I wouldn't mind having an old tractor.
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    hahaha good one 37kid!!!
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    What about a tractor with a deuce grille shell :)

    Seems a little weird.. almost trying too hard. But atthe same time, I have seen some that I liked. Not sure how "traditional" they would be though. I don't recall, but maybe some guy like Roth had a "Farmer Fink Model T" in the garage... but I doubt it.

    I guess they have a place, but not a large place...
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    tractor grills belong on tractors! enough said
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    Shit!

    You beat me to it!

    But you left out ratshit rat rods.
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    I doubt anyone used them way back when since car grilles were readily availible(as they still are now).
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    Look at any hot rod or rod and custom magazine from 1949-1964. You wont see one.
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    At least they keep the R-R people from using up the good looking grills!!!
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    didnt rolling bones do one that i thought looked pretty good. other then that ive never seen one that looked good.
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    Neither do the builders that are putting them on what they think are "traditional" hot rods. They don't get it either.

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    Again.. I doubt I'd ever.. but to be totally honest and not afraid to be told I don't get it.. I think they CAN look good, like track noses even. I found this one (actually.. here) I like the proportion. As long as the grille fits the flow of the car I have no problem.. the big Farmall types.. not so much. This one looks pretty good I think.

    But obviously an exception to the rule... and would look better if there was a little more matching paint.. but that's me.

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    I would normally agree but I saw a 28 or 29 Ford roadster with a complete Ford 8N front end on it and it actually looked pretty cool. It wasn't just the grill, it had the hood also with open hood sides...
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    Was Oliver Wendel Douglas driving it?
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    I believe thats a Rolling Bones build and was featured recently in either Street Rodder or R&C.
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    yes that was the one i was talking about that is the exception. im pretty sure that cars all on color now and was one the cover of street rodder.
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    I think the above attachment shows that if you have taste and class most things are possible, but are usually exceptions to the rule. Now I will always be the first to admit I am no hot Rod expert, but it would never have occurred to me that that grille shell had come from a tractor, it flows far too well with the rest of the car and just looks like a nicely done track nose to me.
    But having a tractor grille for the sake of saying "hey look everybody, my' hotrod' has a tractor grille" is mostly just plain stupid.
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    As dumb as it is, it's at least nice to see something besides a deuce grill for once. It's not traditional for EVERY single car to have a '32 Ford grill shell, look at mags from back in the day. Just like it's not traditional for EVERY car to have white walls.
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    I've seen several that worked....at least to me.

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    Okay, that looks damn good.
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    Think of the poor tractor restorers trying to find a decent grille...haha
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    Now if you look at customs moreso than rods, I have seen cabinet hardware used on grilles... I agree thouh the "Hey look at my tractor grille" stuff is not always that cool. I also don't like deuce shells on Model T's unless they are cut down for scale.
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    I can't agree more!

    And here's a prime example!

    Here is your 2012 FUGLY Award winner.
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    Btw...the last time this subject was brought up that I remember, it turned into an insane debacle over whats traditional and had to be closed.
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    Just my .02.

    I am not real big on the whole tractor grill shell thing. I too am one to think that tractor parts are for tractors.

    I can see it as an option on a lakes racer if the correct tractor grill was incorporated or maybe it could be the foundation for a grill shell for a '60s show rod along with integrated headlights. Those would be the exception to my first statement.
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    Just put a SBC in the tractor and call it good.
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    Already been done. By an old farmer in hermon missouri. :D
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    Thats the one!
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    They are making it hard on the guys who restore tractors though. And I worry that the one on my brother's tractor (a Farmall C that my grandfather bought new) will get stolen.
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