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Technical Help with custom grille ID - Hope to NOT stump the HAMB

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Barn Hunter, Apr 26, 2020.

  1. Moriarity
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    yeah the center round part according to my measuring the picture should be about 3 1/4
     
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  2. Moriarity
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    I have been doing google image searches like "1959 buick emblem" for a bunch of different kinds of cars, nothing yet, but you may try it too and see what you can find
     
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  3. It looks like it came from a Refrigerator.!

    Just my 3.5 cents

    Live Learn & Die a Fool
     
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  4. ^^^^^ And maybe head panel to a stove where clock goes?
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  5. Oh dang so close!
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  6. Barn Hunter
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    I've been googling every make - hood and trunk emblems - from 1955 to 1960. He said it was a junkyard find so I'm surprised we haven't come up with something. Thanks for the info.
     
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  7. Barn Hunter
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    That's thinking outside the box. You never know. He said it was a junkyard find but didn't say what it was from...
     
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  9. Squablow
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    I searched for appliances too and came up short. I also was trying foreign cars but I couldn't think of any more to try. Closest I could find was Fiat Multipla which is close but the center is not right.
     
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  10. Barn Hunter
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  11. Barn Hunter
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    Actually, that Fiat Multipla 600 part looks pretty good. The round part is aluminum and the insert could have been changed. I think I'll go on line and see if I can get dimensions on that. Thanks.
     
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  12. arkiehotrods
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    If he found the part in a junkyard, it makes perfect sense!
    1962-fiat-600-multipla.jpg
     
  13. Squablow
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    This continues to bother the shit out of me, but if I chase down any more rabbit holes I'm going to end up in Wonderland. I went off on a tangent thinking the center round section could be a tail light overlay (like what a '62 Impala has), or maybe a clock delete or reverse light delete, or even a fancy hubcap center section, but with extra outer fin pieces butted up to the sides. Came up empty on a solid match to any of that though.

    I NEED to know what this thing is.
     
  14. raylloyd
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    Maybe the side trim on a 60 Chrysler 300, reworked some? I am with squablow, I need to know what this thing is. Have googled domestic, foreign, appliances, trucks, semis, tractors nothing dead on.

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  15. Barn Hunter
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    I like your thinking out of the box and really appreciate your effort. It's driving me crazy too!
     
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  16. Barn Hunter
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    Thank you for all your effort. We WILL figure this out!!
     
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  17. Barn Hunter
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    Looking at the magazine pics, it almost looks like the whole insert is one piece. The Fiat is actually 3 pieces. I wish the magazine pictures were better quality. 20200428_214217 (3).jpg
     
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  18. Squablow
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    20191125_082152 (5).jpg

    buick cap.jpg


    I still don't think it's right, but it kinda looks like a '59 Buick hubcap spinner with long blades coming out of the sides. But the other straight-on magazine picture doesn't quite match up, and really does look like it's one piece.
     
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  19. Barn Hunter
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    That is interesting. Maybe it could be an existing emblem with the center changed out??
     
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  20. s55mercury66
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    from SW Wyoming

    Maybe it came from a Motorola HiFi, or a Zenith multi-band radio.
     
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  21. raylloyd
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    That hubcap is the closest I have seen as far as matching the styling of the center. Unless it came from an appliance or something other than a vehicle I think that center piece had to of been modified. If the spears on this one were centered I would say its this, but they are not.


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  22. raylloyd
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    Below isn't it, but maybe its a steering wheel cap with spears added or modified horn ring?

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  23. Barn Hunter
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    I started looking at horn buttons last night thinking that might be the insert. The Buick hubcap is the closest yet.
     
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  24. raylloyd
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    it has a 55/56/57 pontiac/olds/buick feel to it but there just isn't a match

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  25. raylloyd
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    Blowing up the pic, I am not so sure its one piece. Really hard to say because of the pic quality. To me it looks like a center piece and then the spears cut and put over it, but could just be shadowing.

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  26. Barn Hunter
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    I wonder how wide this is....anyone got one of these? I think it's 56 Olds Holiday.
     
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  27. Barn Hunter
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    It is hard to tell. I'm still hoping to find more magazine articles - hopefully with a better pic or a description of the insert.
     
  28. raylloyd
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    Here is a better photo if someone can figure it by scaling it.
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  29. Squablow
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    '55 Merc has a similar shape but the center is too big for the width of the fins.

    55merctrunk.jpg
    It would be nice to find a picture of one of those Buick hubcap spinners unbolted from the cap to see what it looks like separately. I'm still skeptical but that's the closest thing I found.
     
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