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Customs 54 grill in a 51

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jamcoupe, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. jamcoupe
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    I just picked up a 54 chevy car and my wife like the grill so much we mocked it up and are going to install it on her 51. Would you guys mold in the top bar and paint it or have it chromed

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  2. saltflatmatt
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    Please post more pics !!!
     
  3. jamcoupe
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  4. merc-o-madness
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    just get rid of the orange marker lights get original lens and ur good to go
     

  5. jamcoupe
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    Right on! Already ordered those yesterday
     
  6. g-lover51
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    I have always wanted to do that. Thanks for posting I think it looks great. I think it would be cool to see a 53-54 nose on a 49-51 fleetline as well
     
  7. punkabilly1306
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  8. I might would be inclined to either mold in the top and split it so the lip opens with the hood or make a new lip with a nice flare to the edge rather than the bump the original bar has (think: the flared lip the Hirohata Merc has).
     
  9. Mold in the top bar for sure. But that is just my opinion.
     
  10. 53sled
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    close enough?
     

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  11. Jarzenhotrods
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    I like it, but yes I would mold the top bar in. drdave has very good point too. That would look sharp.
     
  12. Geoffrey
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    chrome!!!!!!!!! you cant go wrong with chrome on the grill
     
  13. jamcoupe
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    Geoffery Im leaning towards chrome also. It would still allow for the front end to be seperate pieces. I was also think of using the top part of a 53 grill I have and molding it in which would give the lip a much smoother look. Thanks for the opionions keep them coming.
     
  14. sid64cad
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    That looks good I was just wondering what this would look like the other day
     
  15. OLLIN
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    mold it in, and make the grill shell lip follow the contour of the grill..
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  16. slick39
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    that's jus bad ass thank's for the pic's
     
  17. aussidad
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    how hard was it to set up? much cutting?
    cheers
     
  18. here you go
     

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  19. thewishartkid
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    Looks like shit!!
     
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  20. jamcoupe
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    It's actually rust;)
     
  21. jamcoupe
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    Not finished but its not much cutting so far
     
  22. Keith English
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    chrome it!!!!! just my 2 cents though.
     
  23. jamcoupe
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    Heres an updated pic thought I would share. I ended up frenching the headlights chopping the roof and extending the quarters before I got back to the grill but here it is as of now. Im going to add two more teeth on the outsides once I do some trimming of the inner fenders.
     

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  24. chaddilac
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    Wow!!! I like the way you did the grill opening!! nice job!!!
     
  25. Nads
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    A damn fine looking custom my son.
     
  26. jamcoupe
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    Thank you sir!
     
  27. 19Fordy
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    Mold it in and paint it. Otherwise it looks like a lip that sticks out too far and conflicts with the grill bar. Is there a way to eliminate it all together and make that area appear flat?
     
  28. 00 MACK
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    Looks splendid. Wasnt there jus one at Santa Maria witha 54 grille?
     
  29. Royalshifter
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    Cool....I have a 54 grill in my 51....Victoria.
     

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