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Projects Grille shells ~ the good,the bad & the ugly

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. I have seen a lot of rough grille shells brought back to life and some that have survived in pristine condition.

    I saw this recently when visiting a Ford Barn friend this past Sunday,how much trouble would it be to resurrect this one to drivers quality.

    But what the heck lets see your repairable grille shells you have as back ups not hording. HRP grill.JPG
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
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  2. Got this N.O.S. shell when I was 16 years old in 1968 and was at Hershey with my Dad. Got it for $35.00. Got the insert and crankhole cover when I bought the '31 Dodge in my avatar.... post-37352-143141780492.jpg
  3. Found this 1931 Dodge shell in Death Valley along with a 1926 Chrysler radiator shell in the same spot. I was about 21 years old. I had a '26 Chrysler Model 58 at the time, so I snagged it. Those were the only two car parts in that area and I found them....odd.

  4. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 38,655


    Let me see. I got one hangin on the wall a '27 in perfect shape and this one for my A.

    Gonna paint this one and tell everyone its glass. :D

    Grill shell.jpg
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  5. That looks like it was quite the adventure. Jeeps packed down with supplies, sleeping under the stars. Good time I'm sure.
  6. scotts52
    Joined: Apr 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,390


    Picked me up a 29/30 Graham/Paige shell and a nickel plated Chevy grill shell at a fire sale many years ago. The county was on him because his place was unsightly from the freeway. Still have the Graham shell. Wish I could've bought the 37 Packard ambulance he had there. Looked just like a delivery. Only asking $700. Those were the days.
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  7. We had a quite few adventures like that. We used to go down into the mines in Death Valley and some near El Centro, California. Picked up a LOT of old car stuff near those old mines.
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  8. spurgeonforge
    Joined: Oct 18, 2013
    Posts: 147


    image.jpg Ifound this 32 on a doodle bug back in my buddies woods.
  9. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 7,674

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    Hope you took it home :)
  10. Pat Thompson
    Joined: Apr 29, 2012
    Posts: 131

    Pat Thompson

    This one needs a little work...

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  11. That one needs a little repair. HRP

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  12. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 2,168

    rusty rocket

    I built my T modified around this Radiator shell. I bought the shell when I was 12 years old. IMG_2213.JPG
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  13. Barn Hunter
    Joined: Feb 15, 2012
    Posts: 657

    Barn Hunter

    This is an awful lot like a recent thread....GRILLE COLLECTIONS. Hoards, collections - whats the difference?
  14. I ask a question about repairing a grille,if there is a similarity in your thread it must have something to do with grilles! HRP
  15. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 14,963


    IMO.... the '34 shell/grill is just perfect.
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  16. j3harleys
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 479

    from colorado

    I think that will buff out
  17. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,386

    Dave Mc

    55MG2.jpg 55MGTA.jpg 55 MG I restored for a customer
  18. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,386

    Dave Mc

    My yard art 42 Cad IMG_1038.JPG
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  19. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 22,265


    It was the summer of 1961, I was ten years old and rode my bicycle down the street to play with a friend. The '32 grille insert was hanging on a nail in his garage, I asked if it was for sale, he asked what I had to trade. He decided he wanted the two floor mats out of my Dad's brand new '61 Ford that he had left out to dry after washing them. That night at dinner Dad asked how my day went, I told him about the floor mat / '32 Grille swap, and apologized for not asking if it was ok with him. Turned out the mats were replaced with four individual mats since he didn't like the way the originals bunched up over the tunnel. He also told me he always wanted a '32 3Window. After handing on the wall for 56 years I wonder if I'll ever see it on a car. Bob DSCF7570.JPG
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  20. Montana1
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 998

    from Colorado

    I was at a garage sale up in Condon, MT one summer back in the 90's and I happened to look over by this tree. There was a '35 Ford grill leaning up against it. It looked perfect... except someone had cut it off at the crank hole. So I asked how much he wanted and he said, "ten bucks". I almost tore a hole in my pants trying to get my wallet out! :eek:

    I took it to a friends place in MO (where I built my car) and gave it to him for a wall hanger.
    I don't have a picture of it, but next time I'm there, I'll get one. ;)
  21. KKrod
    Joined: Jun 20, 2010
    Posts: 830


    Saw this grille on an BB chassis and bought the whole thing to get the grille. Had a good B engine too.

    Overall.jpg Front.jpg
  22. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 5,307


    Not mine but a friends 34 Master Chevy phaeton. Rainy day project. 34 master001.jpg
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  23. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 2,372


  24. I'm with Fred. The '34 you pictured is driver quality for a lot of guys. You could paint it but it wouldn't really improve it. Plating would cost near as much as a new grill.
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  25. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 2,723

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.

    THis is I beleve a 1924 Hupp,good looking shell very very close to same size as 1930 Ford A. I have it for a slow hotrod build I'm doing with a 1917 Hupp roadster cowel n windsheild ,dash,Merc v8,an great number of other leftover parts from my old shop. Don't know if I'll ever get back on it,but I did name it"Hubba Hubba Hup" back a few years ago. When I realitzed this rod is only missing front an rear axle assm. too be complete parts wise. 005 (3).JPG

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  26. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 38,655


    Well it needs a little work but I could make due with it if you really want to see it on a car. :D
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  27. You will if you sell it to me!:rolleyes:
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  28. A little cleaner wax should do it.:rolleyes:
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  29. SmokinBill
    Joined: Sep 18, 2009
    Posts: 660


    Chevrolet stuff at my office hall way
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  30. Looks much better that some stuff I have seen in office reception areas. HRP
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