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Technical 57 Chevy grill bar onto 53 Bel Air

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by The Chevy Pope, Feb 10, 2024.

  1. The Chevy Pope
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    So been debating doing this to my 53 ever since I bought the car. Just put off doing any real thinking on it because of higher priority parts of the build. But I'm reaching a point where I'm about to start focusing on the major chrome like the bumper guards and grill parts. And after pricing both the 57 parts and the 53 stuff it appears it'll be a lot cheaper to go 57..... largely due to cost of grill teeth and park light housings. So I'm going ahead with the 57 grill bar idea. Pic is one that I saw right after getting my car. My question is how are some of you cleanly attaching the actual grill to the 53 stuff? Would really like input FB_IMG_1707586094370.jpg
     
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  2. I’m not sure how that will look. The 57 bolts in from the back. Maybe find an old grille that you could trim to fit first. I think you will have the bend the 57 in the middle. It’s almost flat. Measure a real 57 grille bar. It might be to wide for you opening.take pictures I’m curious. Maybe one of the youngsters can photo crop it.
     
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  3. Johnny Gee
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    Per the title I assumed it was going to be a floating grill bar?
     
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  4. The Chevy Pope
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    Originally but I'm kinda digging the look on the ford in the pic I posted
     

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    Here, before the color pic get’s deleted. IMG_2450.jpeg
     
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  7. The Chevy Pope
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    One thing handy is I have a full set of rechromeable 53 grill teeth and with the way 53 guys snap them up I should be able to sell them easily to offset a good chunk of the cost
     
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    Basically I gotta replace everything grill related or at least have it all rechromed because about ten years ago whoever owned it decided to "patina" all the chrome. Meaning very little chrome left
     
  11. The Chevy Pope
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    What's the story on the rest of the grill in the background? Lol
     
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    B9200960-A859-46D5-A4C8-49F6C9A5AA47.jpeg 37D2AF13-33AA-45FF-8652-DF079E716D22.jpeg Due to severe rust pits , Pacific Ocean salt air- time. I had to paint mine. Powder coating was out- chromium out, it would dissolve in the tank. I feel your pain.
     
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  13. fastcar1953
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    I sold all of that years ago. I now have a 54 .
     
  14. 1971BB427
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    First picture looks like he used the grille, grille bar, and maybe even a '57 bumper too.
     
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  15. Looking at this they used both the 57 bar and the rear thin stamped grille and just modified the ends when it gets to the 53 surround. I dont think the floating bar has been modified to be narrower so it should just fit. You can buy the support brackets that go behind the thin mesh that actually hold the bar up, but will have to modify them to work in the 53. Running the metal mesh will help hide your brackets to mount the grille bar.

    Your first pic is a 53/54 Ford that is using the 57 chevy bumper, grille, and bar.
     
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  16. The Chevy Pope
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    Oh yeah I knew it was a Ford. But it was a good example of what I wanted to do. And is an era pic so I thought it was the best pic to use lol. And yeah I'm planning on using a 53 surround. So your suggesting use the brackets to hold in place and sort of let the mesh float? That would simplify things a bit
     
  17. I was mentioning you can buy the support brackets for a 57 Chevy that the grille bar mounts to and probably alot of the grille mounting for a stock 57. If you wanted to do a floater type setup you could build a bolt on tube steel mount that goes back to the core support and then mount the bar to that as its just simple bolts that screw into the cast turn signal bar.
     
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  18. The Chevy Pope
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    I'll check into the brackets. Wanting to run the matching 57 mesh too. So not quite a floater
     
  19. The Chevy Pope
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    May actually buy the 57 parts I'll need first. Will mean doing the conversion twice but I'll be able to practice on my trashed original grill surround meaning on the new (and pricey lol) grill surround I won't have as many errors
     
  20. 57JoeFoMoPar
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    Tim Strange used this grill treatment years ago. It looks like he used a tube grille behind the 57 center bar. He's a real nice guy, maybe shoot him a message on FB about how he approached the install.

    And yes, I know the car is O/T but I'm posting it to show the grill treatment. If it's that offensive just delete it.
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  21. The Chevy Pope
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    Honestly rounded hood corners was another thing I was mildly debating lol
     
  22. fastcar1953
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    Only rounded corners if grille is painted. You have to watch body mods. You can go to far.
    Most people won't notice anyway.
    All modifications must flow well together. Frenched headlights should also include frenched tail lights.
    I done a bunch of mods and most people will never know unless I park beside a stock car.
     
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  23. The Chevy Pope
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    Main thing keeping me from doing rounded corners is the rolled out edge of hood. Not sure it'd look right. At some point I plan on doing 55 Chevy style headlights. For now I'm just running 54 Chevy bezels..... would love a set of 53 caddy bezels. But last few 53 caddy bezel pairs I found were obvious scams lol
     

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