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Customs 1956 Ford Fairlane Club Coupe grille ideas...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 1stGrumpy, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. ramblin dan
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  2. Atwater Mike
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    YES on the taping of the verticals... (if you MUST change that beautiful sharklike sculpture!)
     
  3. 6sally6
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  4. 40StudeDude
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    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...
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  5. T&A Flathead
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    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.

    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/desoto-grills.1107268/
     
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  6. 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.
     
  7. sololobo
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    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.
     
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    You could look for a 'Star' grill that was used in Australia on their Utes,, I think they came Canada
     
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  9. Fortunateson
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    As stated earlier, Meteor. IMO '56 is the best but '55 isn't too bad.
     
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  10. Budget36
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    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
     
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  11. 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.
     
  12. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
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    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 o_Oo_Oo_O 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
     
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  13. Same thing I did with my very first car, a 56 Fairlane.
     
  14. Jalopy Joker
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  15. Got the 1960 Dodge Dart tail lights installed today, looks much better!
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    Still haven't found a '55 Plymouth grille yet, though!
     
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