The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by The Brown Sound, Jan 7, 2016.
Filled plain steel repop.
Maybe it's just me; but other than trucks, a painted shell looks wrong. Kinda like painted bumpers, just saying.
Well they are just "Kustom"
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.
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 http://dangerousminds.net/filler 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.
Short video with a better view:
My bone stock 1928 roadster pickup. Factory black radiator shell.
There is a silver powder coat that looks a lot like chrome. You can get a satin finish too.
Here's a picture of my brother's '28 special coupe. Filled and painted shell...
Damn, all these A's with A grills are bitchin!
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.
My old 29 rpu with peaked & painted shell. Photo taken at Wendover Air Field by Peter Vincent.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Holy Shit that is just plain Kool!!!!!!!!!
A painted 28/29 shell just looks fine and says hotrod. Lots of good looking cars in this thread.
How about a T with an A shell ? This one is mine and it will be painted body color (blue of course )
And now some time later, painted.
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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