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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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    the diameter of the center scales out at 4 3/4 inches and the full width is 27 inches
     
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  2. raylloyd
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    Here is the hubcap on Ebay - it has a few more pics and of course every pic except spinner removed. Definitely the closest styling wise, but maybe a bit big? If the opening for the air valve is an inch I think that makes the center piece 5ish inches.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1959-59-BU...741528?hash=item4da0f2b198:g:ARIAAOSwW~JcROv7
     
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  3. Barn Hunter
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    Thanks again, Mark. This is too big by 6 inches or so.
     
  4. Barn Hunter
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    Here it is. At this angle it looks too deep and busy. To my eyes, the one on the car should be a simple chrome cross with a waffled gold background...or do you see something else? hubcap.jpg
     
  5. Moriarity
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    the diameter of the center is 4 5/8 . we are looking for something about 3 1/4" diameter....
     
  6. Barn Hunter
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    Gotta bring this up again in the hopes some new eyes see it.
     
  7. texasred
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    anyone look at the grille's of old juke box
     
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  8. Barn Hunter
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    I have..also vintage stoves, refrigerators and mid century stereo cabinets. The builder built custom cabin cruisers so I've been looking at old boat pics too. I kind of have a feeling it's automotive but maybe not since we haven't found it yet.
     
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  9. raylloyd
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    Barn Hunter, do you think maybe its custom? Like a center ring with a new insert and spears added? I have still been googling but just can't find anything that is a match, and really anything even close. I tried tractors, semis, buses, camping trailers. The insert blown up, if you picture it without the spears almost looks like a cap with an inset handle. I tried gas caps, no luck.
     
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  10. Moriarity
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    even if you don't figure it out, It wouldn't be difficult to make one. And ya never know , that may very well be what the original builder did mixing and matching parts to come up with what was there. sometimes that is the fun part. studying photos, figuring out how big and what size, then making a part to match. Also makes for a good story later, and sometimes a good story is worth its weight in gold.....
     
  11. raylloyd
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    dont have time to look for a better pic right now, but try googling Zunder 1500

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  12. Hnstray
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    @raylloyd ^^^^^^^^^^^hahahaha..........Shirley you jest!
     
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  13. raylloyd
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    it's a top 5 fugly car, but that front emblem is the closest damn thing i have seen.
     
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  14. raylloyd
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    maybe something off a carnival car/bumper car/autopia car? Below isnt it obviously, but its in the ballpark.

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  15. Zunder, Zunder
    Zunder, Zun', Zunder
    Zun-Zun-Zunder, Zunder, Zunder
    Zunder, Zun', Zunder
    Zun-Zun-Zunder, Zunder
    Zunder, feel the Zunder
    Lightning then the Zunder
    Zunder, feel the Zunder
    Lightning then the Zunder
    Zunder, Zunder
    Zunder
     
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  16. raylloyd
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    lol! Do you have any idea how deep into the bowels of the internet I had to search to pull out a Zunder??
     
  17. And then you called it fugly.

    I feel the Zunder.
     
  18. billfunk29
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    Someone once asked John Buttera "What are those wheels off of?" He replied "1978 Barstock". I would assume it was fabricated and just make one to look like the picture.
     
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  19. Barn Hunter
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    Wow, I've never heard of a Zunder. It does look close. Thanks for the effort you've put into the search. It does seem at this time that I'll probably have to fabricate something that looks close. Unfortunately so far, there hasn't been a really clear picture of that insert. I'm still hoping I'll find a clear pic in the little mags under "top 20 grille ideas" or something like that.
     
  20. raylloyd
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    My guess is he made it from some trim and a center ring he liked, thus the pulled from the junkyard comment. Just not many emblems where the spears go across the center ring, just the olds and buicks that I saw. If it was pulled and not modified it had to of come from something foreign and not common (maybe not a Zunder) or it came from a fridge or juke box or carnival car or inside of a bus or something that doesn't have a picture on the internet.

    That 56 Buick trunk emblem, if you used a smaller ring, straightened the spears and then put two vertical pieces in the ring it would be pretty damn close.

    Good luck with it, I will keep googling from time to time.
     
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  21. davidvillajr
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    I see the round center piece and then I look at this Studebaker emblem....

    100786554_1553154204874681_2036161926798508032_n.jpg

    I know, I KNOW the "S" is curvier, but I keep coming back to it, it's stuck. Gotta be something similar.
     
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