The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 1stGrumpy, Oct 14, 2020.
YES on the taping of the verticals... (if you MUST change that beautiful sharklike sculpture!)
Correct on the 'not '58 Impala'...and not custom made. Thanx for the compliment on the scoops-I like to consider them 'thinking outside the box"...!!! Believe it or not those are genuine GM scoops-1960 vintage...from the rear of a Chevy Corvair...now go try to place them...
I was thinking of using a ‘55 desoto grille or a tube grille in my 55. I agree the original grills are attractive but when I finally rebuild this car that I have owned since 1990 I want to customize it. Swapping grills was one of the most common custom modifications on the 50’s cars. See the link below.
IMO, if you want to mess with the most beautiful design ever to come out of any design studio just take it out and do not replace it with anything.
Mr. Conservative here, I love the original grille and taillights. I have seen the original taillights with that trim removed around the center section somehow as it has a tendency to lose it's luster. check out blacking out the vertical bars on the grille, I think cutting them out would not give it enough support. Very nice looking conservative custom and I know we all want to do some touches to make a car our own, best wishes on your ride.
You could look for a 'Star' grill that was used in Australia on their Utes,, I think they came Canada
As stated earlier, Meteor. IMO '56 is the best but '55 isn't too bad.
I’m not a fan of a tube grille in an older vehicle, but flat- horizontal bars , in my opinion, look better. I like a ‘56 Chevy car grill with the vertical bars taken out. I might be off on custom touches, but just what I like
sololobo... No, I'm not going to cut the grille. It's in too nice of shape to be cutting on it. I am going to either paint or tape the vertical's. I may look around for a '55 Plymouth grill, like Mick suggested, though.
Grump, I am sure you will come up with something cool. I usually think a little more out side of the box and do not always follow the Hamb 64 and older rules . For example on my on my 51 because of the oval grill surround I built using another 51 upper surround and custom forming the radius outer corners kind a 53 Chevy style and being a mid 60's Mustang guy I took the center of a 67 mustang front bumper and optional 67 fog lights and created a 53 Chevy ish grill. Off topic styling here , but so is the 70's E body Mopar pistol grip shifter I am going to use, but I turned 16 in 1971 so I am off topic anyhow! lol Lots of combination's from the 50's and early 60's that could come together with out breaking the bank because they are the "traditional " choice's. I also get a kick out of the fact that guys like you ask about idea's to customize your car on a custom car forum and most guys say "LEAVE IT STOCK"!! What the H-----l If it was a mint Crown Vic or a Convert I can see. But a 2 door post, or even a hardtop or convert that needs work is future custom dream material! Go for it. Larry
Same thing I did with my very first car, a 56 Fairlane.
Got the 1960 Dodge Dart tail lights installed today, looks much better!
Still haven't found a '55 Plymouth grille yet, though!
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