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32 ford grille

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bodymanmp, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. bodymanmp
    Joined: Dec 2, 2004
    Posts: 1,610


    whats the best repo 32 grille shell for a orig. 32 grille as for fit???
    just picked one up and need to get a shell
    anyone know???
    steel of course
  2. Jim P
    Joined: Apr 27, 2005
    Posts: 239

    Jim P
    from Tyler, TX

    I have been reading many articles / posts about this very thing. Seems like it goes back and fourth between Brookville and Vintique. It seems like more folks lean to the vintique a little more.
  3. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

    I think Dan Fink also makes one. Whichever you choose, they all seem to be good quality units.

    Good luck with it !

  4. bubba67
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,799

    from NJ

    I've heard Vintique is the way to go.

  5. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 7,407

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Lately I've had the best luck with the Vintique unfilled shell and the Dales insert. Sometimes the top of the shell has the radiator hole off a little to the right but on the last 2 package cars I built I filled the shell anyway. I like it because they have the authentic holes in the bottom of the shell. You'd be hard pressed to tell it from a gennie if it's done right when on the car.
  6. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,559


    I agree with Krylon, the stock unfilled style Vintique shell is problematic as he described. The radiator filler hole is not centered and becomes very obvious if you want to run a cap. Buy the filled shell from Vintique and check the fitment of your grill, some fit well others don't.
  7. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,844

    from trevose pa

    I personally like gearhead enterprises for shell ,Inserts are horrible .But an original fits well and hole is not off center,But it was 2 years ago when I was buying and selling shells ,On a small scale..
  8. Odd,I bought a Vintique several years ago that didn't have the original style hole in the bottom of the shell. HRP
  9. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 7,407

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Currently the unfilled Vintique shells have the original style 3 hole bottom while the filled Vintique shells are plain at the bottom.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2011
  10. Does Vintique have a website?
  11. jville_hot_skater
    Joined: Apr 9, 2009
    Posts: 1,002

    from jville

    i have to agree...i liked gearhead enterprises as well...of course the filled style.
    it fits good, solid quality steel and half the price of most other ones.
  12. oldrelics
    Joined: Apr 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,727

    from Calgary

    Used brookville shell and Dales insert. The insert was very tight going in. I'm not sure if the shell is too small or the insert is too big:confused:
  13. erlomd
    Joined: Apr 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,213


    I would go with a brookville, quality is great fit and finish is superb.
  14. Grilleguy
    Joined: Dec 31, 2007
    Posts: 73


    The only shell that will fit an original Henry Ford insert is just that, an original shell, and even that is up for grabs. Remember we are dealing with 80 year old technology, they weren't all made the same.

    The Brookville shell is straighter across the top of the opening with a slight "dip" at the center. With an original insert installed, you will have about an 1/8"-3/32" gap at the center.

    The Vintique open top (original style with rad. cap) shell, to me, has too much taper/draft going towards the radiator, it gets smaller the farther in the insert goes. But it has more of a stock style "dip" in the center top of the shell opening.

    I haven't made any inserts for the Vintique filled top shell, so I don't know how they fit.
  15. I have a Vintique shell with a Dale's insert that I'd like to trade for a '32 truck grille/shell.

  16. Sort of HA HA - you'll see

    I have used a few of theirs with great luck, but then they are just down the street from me.
  17. Thanks...i guess I ran onto that myself but I wondered if it was an abandoned site and they had another one that worked.
  18. rustydeuce
    Joined: May 26, 2006
    Posts: 855


    I think as Vintique are a wholesaler they are not too concerned with a website at this point. Their retailers do the talking for them.
    I've just been signed as a dealer with them and looking forward to trying one of the grilles myself on my A to promote to potential punters. :cool:
    I'm also thinking of scanning their catalog minus the dealer pricing of course :) and putting it on my website to help rodders choose their needs easily.
  19. Mayor of G-Vegas
    Joined: Nov 10, 2010
    Posts: 507

    Mayor of G-Vegas

    Vintique is the only way to ride.... Just got my new shell in today I ordered from C.W Moss ... Looks great and the insert fits the shell very nicely.
  20. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,844

    from trevose pa

    No matter what shell you buy ,Pretty much you have to fit the insert,I had the best fit with gearhead and an original ford insert.I sold that Shell to Pat Pryor minus insert.But I did show him how well it fit without gaps, I had a Brookville Needed minor relief cuts and filler ,Still a crap shoot.............Except for the combo I encountered.

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