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Projects 30/31 AV8 Grill Height?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by AeroCraftsman, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. ibcalaveras
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 599


    I went with 2" too , I'm happy with it.
  2. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,911

    need louvers ?

    See...! It sucks when you have an expensive radiator already purchased and such, but it is a nessesary kinda deal on these old cars that sooooo many get wrong. I always treat the radiator as a seperate part of the build. I set the body where it belongs, get everything up to ride height where it belongs then prop the shell where I think it belongs. Stand way back and look. Adjust acccordingly to taste. THEN AND ONLY THEN do I figure out what to do for a radiator.
  3. swissmike
    Joined: Oct 22, 2003
    Posts: 1,285


    Ran a full height 32 shell and radiator for years and just did not look right with a hood top on my 31. Had the radiator recored with 2" removed which ended up being too much so I shimmed it up by 1/2" and it looks good now. I suggest 1-1 1/2". Cut the sides of the shell accordingly.
    Your car looks great it he pictures, but could use a tad more lowering of the radiator IMO.
  4. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,572

    dirty old man

    Brookville's setup for an "A" on '32 rails uses a grille, shell, and radiator 2" shorter than the '32 on '32 rails. Walker makes the radiator for them.
    I have this setup on mine with no hood top right now, but I have laid it up there in a mock up and to me it looks right. One of these days that hood top will be on there, just not yet. Still trying to decide how I want to fasten it, hidden latches or leather straps.
    But it looks right 2" shorter to me with hood just laid up there.
  5. flthd31
    Joined: Aug 5, 2007
    Posts: 561


    Nice to see your not settling for "that's good enough".
    If your using a hood, it magnifies any problem with the shell being too high.
    Here's one I'm working on. It has a '32 Walker Rad. that was made 2" shorter than stock and the shell was cut 2" on the bottom sides . The hood is a '32.

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  6. AeroCraftsman
    Joined: Jul 29, 2004
    Posts: 326


    Got the shorter radiator installed. 1 1/2" shorter. The bottom of the grill shell just kisses the frame rails. I'm happy with it now, glad I didn't settle for something that would've bothered me every time I looked at the car.

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  7. jumbogem29
    Joined: Feb 2, 2010
    Posts: 464

    from Alabama

    Check out this website for all your hoods and sides . Getting ready to do the same but i need a 2 inch stretch on my 30 with a 32 grill shell do i trim it 2 inches or 1.5 going to pinch the 32 frame all the way to the grill shell.
  8. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,911

    need louvers ?

    Looks sooooo awsome!!

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