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History Painted model a grille shells?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by The Brown Sound, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. IBeam
    Joined: Jun 11, 2004
    Posts: 8


    Filled plain steel repop. DSCN0116.JPG
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  2. Maybe it's just me; but other than trucks, a painted shell looks wrong. Kinda like painted bumpers, just saying.
  3. Well they are just "Kustom" :D

    I'm going to tell everyone that mine is glass and its race chit. Hell I already got everyone convinced that 12 seconds is fast what's another little white lie between friends. ;)

    I think that painted grill shells are a sign of the times, they are like 5 speeds only more visible.
  4. Devin
    Joined: Dec 28, 2004
    Posts: 2,352

    from Napa, CA

    Mine: ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1452277349.005984.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1452277603.096335.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1452278142.007789.jpg

    Weird, I thought I had more photos on the phone. Basically, I sectioned the grill shell 4" to match the channel on the body. Welded it back up with er308 and Trimix gas. Scuffed it really well with 40 grit and hit it with some as the welding slightly warped the shell in areas. Epoxy primed then high build and painted it with cheap Ppg mono just like the rest of the body. Holding up great so far.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2016
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  5. Devin
    Joined: Dec 28, 2004
    Posts: 2,352

    from Napa, CA

    Short video with a better view:
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  6. front view.JPG

    My bone stock 1928 roadster pickup. Factory black radiator shell.
  7. metaldave
    Joined: Aug 27, 2011
    Posts: 81

    from michigan

    There is a silver powder coat that looks a lot like chrome. You can get a satin finish too.
  8. Donut Dave
    Joined: Jul 9, 2007
    Posts: 370

    Donut Dave

    Here's a picture of my brother's '28 special coupe. Filled and painted shell... IMG_1929 (600 x 450).jpg
  9. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,326

    from So Cal

    Damn, all these A's with A grills are bitchin!
  10. I always considered the 28-29 grille she'll as the most proportional, preferred over the 32 by far. Nickel plating less preferred than painted, and I like having radiator cap, Ford insignia and open crank hole, no cover.
  11. My old 29 rpu with peaked & painted shell. Photo taken at Wendover Air Field by Peter Vincent.

    Mick 29rpuatwendover1.jpg
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  12. If you decide to go to a commercial shell for 1930-31 remember that the "big truck" shell (the one without the peak in the center) is designed for a thicker radiator than the one for the pickup (which looks like the 1930 shell but not stainless steel).

    Charlie Stephens
  13. This isn't really painted but then again neither is the (pretty cool) model A. This is the "Mystery Coupe" and the picture was taken at the SoCal Open House. The shell does match the body color, and I like it. mystery coupe 1.jpg
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  14. The radiator shell was the only thing that was in good shape on my car when I got it so I left it. If it would have come with a "truck" shell or a 28/29 steel shell I would have painted it. DSC03828.JPG DSC05133.JPG
  15. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,986


    I really like the "authentic" hot rod look that is becoming more and more popular, so when I last went through my coupster I swapped a perfectly good chrome shell for a grungy painted one. Much better.

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  16. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,138

    rusty rocket

    Holy Shit that is just plain Kool!!!!!!!!!
  17. A painted 28/29 shell just looks fine and says hotrod. Lots of good looking cars in this thread.
  18. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,963

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    How about a T with an A shell ? This one is mine and it will be painted body color (blue of course :)) :cool:
    roadster outside ! 007 (2).jpg

    And now some time later, painted.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2020
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  19. Zandoz
    Joined: Jan 23, 2012
    Posts: 307


    My bobtail T will use a painted shell, though not from a T or an A...but it is close to a '28-'29 A shell in proportions. The original manufacturer made them in painted and shiny versions...and the painted version was by far the most numerous.


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