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History Curious....When were fiberglass frontends first used?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by RoadFarmer, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. IMG_2242.JPG Had someone say fiberglass frontends are not period correct. Made me wonder...anyone know when they were first used?
     
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  2. Larry T
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    1963 - Look at the door.

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  3. Roothawg
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    My dad was making glass front ends for 55 Chevies in the early 60's. We had the mold when I was a kid.
     
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  4. I'd guess 63 or 64, that's when I remember 'glass featured in magazines.
    The flip top front end? Later, 66 or so I'm guessing.
     
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  5. bobbytnm
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    As a complete front end, or just parts?
    Studebaker/Packard had fiberglass hoods for sure in 1958. I think they might have started that in 57.
     
  6. squirrel
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    Now that your question has been answered, the smartasses can chime in.

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  7. but Jimbo - isn't that a fiberglass - body ?
     
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  8. Larry T
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    Not really smartass when you're pointing out that the technology was there in 1953, or before.
     
  9. Had a one piece glass front on a Henry J I helped build during the winter of 64/65.

    Bill
     
  10. Atwater Mike
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    Liked the post from Jim. ('Squirrel')
    'Glass has been available for longer than some are aware of: We on the west coast remember Cal Automotive, (the 'first'...) but there were a few others that were producing fenders, hoods, doors and complete one piece front ends, prior to the popular ads.
    There was more early entrepreneurism happening in the mid-to-late 'fifties that didn't get mainstream than got 'noticed'!
    The speed secrets at the drags were the 'closely guarded' ones...
     
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  11. Fogger
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    I ran a fiberglass hood on my '55 gasser in '64. It was a Cal Auto part. Lots of fiberglass on the west coast starting in the early '60s. Definitely period correct for a '60 style gasser.
     
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  12. Charlie Hill was making fiberglass ,55 chevy front ends in 62-63 right here in central PA. And of course , Willys pieces and noses too!
     
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  13. falcongeorge
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    I'm gonna go out on a limb here...Did the guy that told you this have these wheels on his "gasser"?
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  14. Latigo
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    My 55 about 1967. One piece front hinged.
     

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  15. jcmarz
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    It has a fiberglass front end:p:D
     
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  16. Well . . . since it looks like you have a '327' in that car - guess the glass front end is pretty close to being correct for your period - early 60's for sure. Screw that guy . . .
     
  17. Even Ford had a fiberglass front end on the Thunderbolts. HRP
     
  18. theHIGHLANDER
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    I always forget the name (big name in 'glass) of the guy who was doing Ford fenders and such in 57-8. He grew big really fast, and there was a recent TRJ retrospective on them. The real question is when did it get popular, no? Was it Gibbons? Somebody here will toss it right out. I also believe that Ford had 'glass parts on the 63 lightweight Galaxies too.


    Quick edit: Wescott, 1954.
     
  19. 392Roadster
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    "Plaza Glass" did the Ford lightweight fiberglass. Fiberglass was a product of WWII and was available about 1949ish..... gives you a start date.


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  20. DDDenny
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  21. BamaMav
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    Don't forget Henry's soybean car from about 1941. Not really fiberglass, but not steel, either....
     

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