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Technical 32 grills on EBAY any good?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by edcj7, Nov 21, 2017.

  1. edcj7
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 52


    Just wondering if anyone has bought one of the new 32 grills that are for sale on EBAY and if so are they any good?
  2. $um Fun
    Joined: Dec 13, 2008
    Posts: 600

    $um Fun
    from Nor Cal

    I bought a cheap steel one and the top was all wavy, ended up selling at a swap meet for beer money. In my opinion they are junk. Try and find an original, even one that needs work and fix it.
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  3. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,398


    I have used them. Good for a driver, with a little work. Great for patches to repair a real one, but you get what you pay for.
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  4. edcj7
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 52


    Thats what I figured. I was just hoping they would be good especially for the price. Thanks for the replies!

  5. banjorear
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,872


    I bought one off of Fordbarn for $125 shipped. Light weight steel, wavy as sides, bad punching to the holes in the bottom. Haven't decided what I'm going to do with it, but it's not Brookville or OEM to say the least. Should have know at that price. It will be for sale at Hershey 2018, LOL!
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  6. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 7,426

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    I bought a Vintique when they first came out and it was fine except the filler hole was off center. I decided to fill it to fix the problem and used it on a steel roadster with a Dales insert which fit great. Since then I've bough a few from Gearhead and the quality is steadily going down hill as the dies get older. I still like originals and am currently hoarding 8.
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  7. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,209

    from oregon

    Grill shell or insert?
    Less than perfect shells can be fixed for the most part but those budget priced (read cheap) inserts are made out of much thinner stock and also are not as dimensionally accurate as say the ones from Dales Mfg. in OKC.
    My first one (Chinese), did not fit my Brookville shell, returned it, for $100 more got a Dales, it fit perfectly.
  8. I got my grill and insert from an eBay seller a few years ago. They where dirt cheap. They fit well and I've had no issues.
  9. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,134

    Kiwi 4d

    A buddy had what I believe to be a vintique repro shell and the filler hole was offset . So he cut it out and put it where it should be, no filling just a shift to the centre.
    As far as inserts go he made his own super cool winters type insert with stainless accents. He calls it and Autum grill / not quite winters!! No pics till the car is fully done by request.
    I had what I thought was a repro stainless insert in our 32 with original surround but the poor quality insert went rusty in 4 years , junk quality Chinese imitation stainless.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2017
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  10. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,923

    from New York

    When I was building my deuce roadster I ordered a repo grill from Brookville. I also was using a Dan Fink insert. When I received the first shell the insert wasn't close. I sent it back and got another. The insert didn't fit that one ether. Saved my money and purchased an original shell and the Dan Fink insert fit like it was made by Henry.
  11. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,438

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    I bought a cheapo Chinese one as a stand in until I can fix an original I have.

    It's got press scuff marks, the filled radiator hole area is high and peaked and the stamped edges are off.

    I'm chopping it 3" to suit my car and will cut the gross stamped edges and rework the high area so it "flows".

    Honestly it's not too bad to work with for $107 shipped but it's not something I'd bolt on and expect perfection.
  12. thirtytwo
    Joined: Dec 19, 2003
    Posts: 2,641


    The generic grills are really hit and miss online some are pretty good and some the bars basically are falling out in the box already but they look the same in the pictures!
  13. banjorear
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,872


    Ah, good way to look at it. For $125 shipped, I shouldn't expect bolt on perfection. I will be looking for an original one this year.
  14. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,209

    from oregon

    Just a FYI.
    The fitment issues with the repro shells and inserts have plagued deuce owners since these parts first started being offered.
    One problem I had with my first insert was it was just too tight to even get it in place to check the fit. The other problem was the general chintzy feel of the grill bars, so flimsy that I'm sure it would have played the Chinese national anthem driving down the road.
    If you have plans on just primering the repro shell, you (may) find it acceptable as you can touch it up fairly easily if some paint gets scraped off when installing the insert.
  15. 28TudorAZ
    Joined: Dec 29, 2016
    Posts: 114


    I just bought one about a month ago. There are some lines in it but it will take very little body filler to fix it. Not bad in my opinion for the money. I will end up doing it this week when my mixed paint gets here. NewFront.jpg
  16. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,937

    Member Emeritus
    from Iowa

    Just bought a pre-fitted shell and insert from Brookville. Really happy with it.

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  17. I have one, and the boxing couldn't be any plainer than saying made in China, even if it does say that.... Has a picture of a grill. No names/no info...... But shit you not, it's perfect without any flaws, and fit's perfectly in my Brookie shell....
    Plating/fitment/casting.....Nothing like the real thing though..... I guess im' one of the "hit's", instead of a "miss"....
  18. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,983


    image.jpeg I have had a few shells and they are all over the place in quality. I had a few that didn't look like 32 shells at all too skinny wrong shape but good for parts. The price is about as crazy as the quality a Hunnert to 200. This is the last one I got and wasn't too bad
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2017
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  19. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,826


    No photo but I bought a Brookville Blem 32 shell through Kenny's rod shop on Ebay for 205 about a Month ago on Ebay. It has some scratches from some foreign material on the dies when it was stamped but is otherwise damned nice. I've probably got an extra half hour of work to get it up to the really nice level.
  20. InstantT
    Joined: Aug 15, 2012
    Posts: 697

    from SoCal

    Buddy just bought a chinese repop at the swap. It's going on a fenderless T with drawer pull insert so we're not worried about it. It looked nice enough for $120.
    If you're putting it in a 32, I might spring for the higher quality so it looks right.

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  21. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,434


    This is why they make repops, because of all the hoarders.
    I may be hoarding a couple myself......
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  22. Buck28
    Joined: Sep 1, 2016
    Posts: 14


    Do you remember which vendor you bought them from or what it cost? TIA
  23. Actually just on to just two originals I won at an auction many moons ago....same with two from our old yard and thinking the other came from that same auction.
  24. I used an early Vintique. Pretty good all around except the insert was a little tight in 2 of the corners.

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  25. If you can't afford the price of a real one then buy a Brookville as they not bad at all. But they are not as nice as a real shell when it comes to fitting the insert.
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  26. rustyrods
    Joined: Jun 14, 2005
    Posts: 346

    from Dixon,Il.

    I buy cheap grilles on Ebay. Not a big deal goes with a cheap car. Gets filled with bugs anyway, going down the road 60 MPH who cares!!!!! Look at all the gas you can buy with the savings
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  27. deucendude
    Joined: Oct 31, 2008
    Posts: 601

    from norcal

    I have never seen a repop that sits in the shell like a gene. Even these pictures don't look right.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2017
  28. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 6,262

    big duece
    from kansas

    I have a Vintique shell with a Dales insert, and it fits VERY well. The Dales inserts are getting hard to find.
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  29. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,209

    from oregon

    Same here, Dales insert, best extra $100 I ever spent!
    People keep justifying the savings and if they were individual parts that did not have to fit together I might agree, but many don't fit together.
    I can imagine with the hourly rate of a good body man the savings don't balance out.

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