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Art & Inspiration I've thunk on it for 4 years! Time to do it.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Stu D Baker, Sep 5, 2020.

  1. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
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    I've had the car on the road since 1989. I stopped at a gas station in central Illinois shortly after finisjing the car, and a farmer in bib overalls walked over and told me, "Son, that's the ugliest fucking car I've ever seen. I'd rather see my sister work in a whore house rather than ride in it."

    No offense taken then, and none now. I simply consider the source and move on.
     
  2. lippy
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    Could you kind of french it in somehow? Know what I mean? Like tunnel it in the grille a bit? Lippy
     
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  3. Stu D Baker
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    ^^^^Once I do the final surgery to the grill, that may be an option. Sometimes seeing things in place help to decide. Thanks for your feedback.
     
  4. Budget36
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    Now that appears to be a better approach.
     
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  5. 4 pedals
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    I don't care what the others say, I like it. You could even get fancy and make it turn with the front wheels like a Tucker. It's hard enough to see in these old cars, extra lighting in front never hurts.

    Devin
     
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  6. pkhammer
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    A saying comes to mind that I heard somewhere. "Just because you can doesn't mean you should". I usually keep my opinions to myself and probably should in this case because after all, it's your car. It's also a very nice looking car and I don't think that modification will be an improvement.
     
  7. Ever consider mounting it behind the grille?

    It's you car and I do remember a time when the 37 Ford was considered the ugly duckling in the Ford lineup, but when people started lowering them they took on a more desirable look. HRP
     
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  8. lippy
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    I like the 37 grille. I just figured if you inset it just a touch it wouldn't detract from the shape of the grille and would look more custom like. JMO. Lippy
     
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  9. scrap metal 48
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    My first car was a 1949 Ford with a Dealer installed fog light in the center of the grille that turned when you turned the steering wheel....
     
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  10. Stu D Baker
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    Lippy:

    I never said that the light was going to protrude in front of the grille, did I? You have the right idea my friend.

    Once the lamp is positioned (where I like it) into the grille, I'm pretty confident that it will look as though it belongs there. Thanks for your feedback.
     
  11. I'm seeing it, just not feeling it. But hey, it's your car and you should do whatever you want with it. Good luck with your project and post pics of the finished product.
     
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  12. Stu D Baker
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    Actually, I already have a pair of porter mufflers on the car. Thanks.
     
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  13. saltracer219
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    Well, it doesn't work for me but each to his own.
     
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  14. SDhotrod
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    I think that will take something away from the car, not add to it. Just my opinion. Can you explain to us what your inspiration is for this modification?
     
  15. stanlow69
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    Every time I see a LaSalle grille installed in a 30`s styled car. I think to my self it should be mounted upside down. So I understand you wanting to do this. Just do it and prove to people it can look good. Too many purists on here.
     
  16. bigdog
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    I'm not a fan but it's your car, you should do what you want. Doesn't really matter what I- or anyone else-thinks.
     
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  17. Stu D Baker
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    ^^^^^^^You're correct. I never asked if I should or should not make this modification. Moreover, I never asked for opinions on how it will look . A rather simple thread to show how I'm going about doing it. This project is a bit beyond the "bolt it to the bumper crowd". Those who think I'm messing the car up, are entitled to their opinions. I appreciate your candor.
     
  18. Tow Truck Tom
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    When ya have an itch, ya gotta scratch. I get it
     
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  19. Hnstray
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    Given the commentary so far, why would/should he bother. For such an innocuous modification, this thread has drawn an indefensible amount of criticism. And when compared with the many genuine ‘eyesores’ that have been posted here, that often get rave reviews, it’s even more mystifying.

    The mob mentality is probably the ugliest of human traits.

    Ray
     
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  20. patterg2003
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    I was looking at the paper pattern. This may be where you are going. If there was a card board tube, or something the diameter of the intended light hole then with a couple of centering lines put on & cope the tube to fit snug to the grille. The coped cylinder would be the pattern to mark exactly where to cut the grille bars. If there is a sleeve to go around the light then it would be the pattern. In 4 years you probably have cut it out many times in your mind. Trends start with someone daring to be different.

    It is frustrating that expensive parts are put in the skimpiest of packaging. Fedex and Purolator also must employ some champion field goal kickers for package expediters.
     
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  21. The37Kid
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    Headlight screens may act as a distraction. Bob

    s-l300.jpg
     
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  22. Rubbish.
    People's opinion on whether this is a good idea or not have nothing to do with being a 'purist.' It's to do with whether they like the look or not.
     
  23. stanlow69
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    Stu D Baker, heres a Studiford. It`ll look better than this one. IMG_20200906_0001.jpg
     
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  24. Country Joe
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    I think I would like it better if it was in the grille, left or right of center. But, not my car Go with what makes you happy.
     
  25. Stu D Baker
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    Stan:

    Are you trying to scare me?;)
     
  26. RJP
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    Ford should have offered it as an option back in 37. Might have attracted a few more buyers that were actually interested in driving something with style.
     
  27. williebill
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    This thread is a good example of why I don't post pics of stuff I've done or under construction pics of weird stuff I'm doing to my projects. There are people on the HAMB who I'd like to show, and get tips and ideas from, but unfortunately, I'd have to read replies like the popular "It sucks to me, but hey, it's your car, do what you want." ..... Those posts are worth exactly dick...
    To the guys who feel compelled to type posts like that, do us all a favor, and save wear and tear on your keyboard, and your fingers, and don't post that shit.
    I can't remember a time when anyone who's opinion I value has ever posted a reply like that. Ever.
    My opinion generally doesn't mean shit to anyone but me, and that's OK, I don't usually give a shit about most other peoples opinion, either. Exceptions being the aforementioned people whose opinions usually have merit.
    Stu D Baker, I like your car myself. Then again, my opinion doesn't mean a thing. Do your thing, man, cut it up.
     
  28. Stu never once ask for opinions but Hambers being hambers are always going to offer their unsolicited opinions on how they would or wouldn't preform a certain task.

    I believe Stu has taken the naysayers with a grain of salt, he has thought long and hard about the fog light and he might just start a trend. HRP
     
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  29. lippy
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    Do it and do it the way you like. Doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Jeez. I for one would like to Help do it! Go for it. Lippy
     
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  30. lippy
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    I'm sure when it's done all the nay sayers will say boy thats cool. Or maybe not, don't matter. Go for it. Lippy
     
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