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Customs Merc grille in a '59 Chevy

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by modernbeat, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. modernbeat
    Joined: Jul 2, 2001
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    from Dallas, TX

    My pal Jeff just got his El Camino back from our friend Morgan. Morgan was doing a little metal work on it, making it a little more of a custom than the simple look it had before. For anyone that hasn't seen this done before, here it is, done right. Mercury grille in a 1959 Chevrolet.

    First, before surgery.
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    Next, the post surgery photos.
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  2. Moriarity
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    Bitchin man, I really like the filled nostril look and the Lucas beams kickass. Merc grills are a natural, I am surprised there are any left!
     
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  3. HOLLYWOOD GRAHAM
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    Not bad, not bad at all.
     
  4. 51 BIRD
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    An old trick,but a good trick. Nicely done!
     

  5. G V Gordon
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    A classic. Well done.

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  6. rusty rocket
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    Thats damn Kool!!!!!!!!
     
  7. town sedan
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    That '60 Mercury grill just looks natural on the '59/60 Chevy. Thanks!
    -Dave
     
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  8. Jalopy Joker
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    looks great - always loved that look
     
  9. desotot
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    Wow! it looks classy.
     
  10. belair
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  11. Great looking El Camino..I've also seen them on 61-66 F100's
     
  12. alchemy
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    Perfection. Period.
     
  13. 57JoeFoMoPar
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    No mistakes there. All awesomeness.
     
  14. 41 coupe
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    NICE! NICE! NICE! Should I say it again?
     
  15. rfraze
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    How much metalwork is needed on the outer fender to line things up?
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  16. 19Fordy
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    Really looks good - just like it was made for your Elky.
     
  17. modernbeat
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    from Dallas, TX

    A lot actually. When we just stuck the grille into the front end it looks compatible, and is close, but there is about an inch or so of fender sticking out on either side, and the upper valance does not match at all. There are all sorts of gaps and mounting the headlight buckets takes some work.
     
  18. Looks great, I did this to my ElCamino, the hood latch was the trickiest part. I really like the filled nostrils, do you have any close ups of that or the underside of the hood in front???
     
  19. straykatkustoms
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    Very kool El Camino, love the hood treatment.
     
  20. Slopok
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    Those one piece bumpers certainly help the smooth look as well, very nice treatment.
     
  21. surfcaliforniasurf
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    So bitchin. look good.
     
  22. Boatmark
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    I've never seen that before, and reading the text my first thought was not favorable. But seeing the photos, I really like it. I never liked the 59' nostrils, and this looks much better than the filled nostrils, stock lights, and tube grill you often see.

    Very nice!
     
  23. Spex84
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    Beautiful.
    I like how the hood has not been pancaked...with the seam on the leading edge, it's very clean.
     
  24. A beauty! That really cleaned up the front. Nice, smooth treatment.....
     
  25. Mike51Merc
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    Nice fab work, but I think the result looks just a bit too much '61 Mercury and not enough '59 Chevy.
     
  26. Roger O'Dell
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    Bill Decar did several with 4 headlights as posted, then started doing 2 headlights. For SoCal people
     
  27. Mr48chev
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    That looks great, I always wondered how much work went into that swap.
     
  28. Look up Cody Walls ,last name may be misspelled , 59 wagon build . He shows how he did the grill change .
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  29. Atwater Mike
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    First saw that done in the '70s, Los Banos show. Owner was showing it to Gene Winfield, Gene was impressed. As I was...Never seen such a natural grille swap in my life.
    Owner said it "just fit right in"...Modest, obviously.
     

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