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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by jimbousman, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. jimbousman
    Joined: Jul 24, 2008
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    Looking for some ideal for a grill insert for a model A. Mine is a '31 and while
    I know I could always go for a deuce grill, I want to keep it A. I have an aluminum radiator. I painted it black but is recessed about 3" behind the shell. Look hoky so I am looking at different screens, meshes, bars are generally any ideas for an insert.
     
  2. You could use these guys idea to make a insert.

    Theirs is a little pricey. HRP

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  3. scrap metal 48
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    **clic pic** Refrigerator rack... 093.JPG
     
  4. Tim
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    from Raytown Mo

    You know you can just click full size when you post the photo and it’ll be big all the time.
     
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  5. 2NDCHANCE
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    I have a 1930 Model A Tudor sedan on a 1932 frame with a AA painted steel grille shell. There is approx. 1" of room inside the shell to install an insert. Could a stock Model A rock guard be trimmed down and installed inside the grille shell? Looks? IMG_2082.JPG
     
  6. scrap metal 48
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    Tim, if you click full size it gets even bigger... (just ask my wife)….
     
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  7. sloppy jalopies
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    Tried too trim a '31 grill guard.. not big enough...
    so I traded it for a '32 -V8 headlight bar...yup.
    .
    Fluorescent light screen or grate... $13 at lowes…
    1 sheet does 2 model A shells... about 1/2" thick... moves the shell ahead the same... hood ?
    the flash makes my buddy's '31 look grey...
    my half '30- half '31 is black... DSCN0820.JPG DSCN0819.JPG DSCN3306.JPG
     
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  9. pitman
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    1/2" × 1/4" expanded steel mesh oriented 'down' w/ 1/2 cut horizontal. Paint it black.
     
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  10. dana barlow
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    I've used a number of def. stone screens,1/4in. wire screen/a type of chickenwire,also screendoor pet protechtor and fineily some stainless steel 1/4in. screening. I do like some I've seen that are art layzer cut. I'll post a pic of one thats cool ,I saw on the net.
    32fordGrille_devilgirl_bg01.jpg
     
  11. 41rodderz
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    How about a 1929 Pontiac grille. Looks like a '30 /'31 A but more art deco looking
     
  12. BJR
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    All of those block air movement through the radiator, so if your car is on the edge of heating up this may be a bad idea.
     
  13. RICK R 44
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    Flattened expanded metal, painted a color of your choice. See my avatar.
     
  14. Some pix from my "good idea folder"::)
    A RPU grill 01.jpg a%20o%203.jpg DSC05852.JPG JohnOlays29 01.jpg Picture%20055.jpg RoyalShifter 0.5 01.jpg RoyalShifter 0.5 03.jpg toxic tom 1.5.jpg whitlock .75in holes.jpg yellow grill.jpg
     
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  15. firingorder1
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    Henry got it right the first time. Why mess with right?
     
  16. fastcar1953
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    DSCF7040.JPG stock and modified
     
  17. Dirk35
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    Definitely following this for ideas. I don't like the idea of the expanded metal, and I need something that is super thin to protect the radiator fins. My Model A has a few fins that were smashed by a rather large bug and no matter how much I've tried, I cannot get them to comb out nice enough to where I cannot tell the damage was there.
     
  18. esrbuilders
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    Pop cooler rack DSCF0008 (1).JPG
     
  19. Tim
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    from Raytown Mo

  20. Canuck
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    Molded HD Industrial Plastic with a woven pattern. Trimmed to fit and bonded to inside of grill shell. 90+ degree temperatures in slow city traffic and no trouble keeping temp at 180.

    Grill Insert.jpg
    With stands runs at speed. Repels stones and small animals. Keeps bugs from in-bedding them selves in the rad fins. And I think it looks good.

    Got the piece from a friend and he didn't know what it was originally made for. Only used half of it, if anyone is interested send me a message.

    Canuck
     
  21. denis4x4
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    IMG_0617.JPG

    This is stainless shaker screen.
     
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