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The Five Finest Grilles of the '50s

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. Bagged50Buick
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    50 Buick are my all time favorite.
     

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  2. x2
    Beautiful!
     
  3. Y-Blokkah
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    The wildest? 56 Meteor. That thing is insane. Looks kinda cool too!
     
  4. fatty mcguire
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    you beat me to it, I had a 56 ford and after months looking for the meteor grill I found 1 and bought it but sold the car before I got to put it in, so its still in my basement waiting for me to buy another 56

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  5. SuRfAcE_RuSt
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  6. 57 desoto.
    51 Meteor
    56 Meteor
    54 Desoto
    54 Pontiac
     
  7. I sorta like this one , but maybe I am just biased .... look close.
     

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  8. Y-Blokkah
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    I always hold out hope that maybe someone might reproduce that grille.

    Actually, a tri color 56 Meteor Crown is one amazing car. They make the Fords look like last night's leftovers...
     
  9. Squablow
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    I agree on that '57 DeSoto bumper/grille, beautiful setup on a Desoto or swapped onto other late 50's cars, especially 58 and 59 Fords.

    I've also seen some nice stuff done with 55-56 Dodge split grilles and 55-56 Plymouth grille bars.

    Really surprised but I don't think I ever saw a 51-52 Plymouth grille with extra teeth added to it. Seems like it would be a natural.
     
  10. 51 mercules
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    Here's my 51 Merc with a shortened 55 De Soto grill.Done back in the 50's.
     

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  11. Airhead Roadster
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    '50 & '51 Studebaker bullet noses are pretty cool.

    As well as '54's with the egg crate inserts.
     

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  12. Maybury
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    I am partial to the 57 Vette grill as well but like it best in other rides.
    Mark
     

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  13. Parts48
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  14. The Continental
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    Has anyone used a '59 Continental grill on anything? I'd love to see it on an early 50s Lincoln.
     
  15. specialk
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    I am going to get a '50 Buick ONLY because of the grill
     
  16. Connie Hines played Carol on Mr. Ed.:cool: Oh you said fine GRILLS:eek: Sorry!l
     

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  17. The Continental
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    Haha, can't blame you. I love Buicks, but the grill puts it over the top as one of my favorites.
     
  18. MMMMM MMMMMM GOOOODDD!!
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  19. oldthudman
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    Another grill for the 49-51 Merc is from the 1954 Pontiac ...........
     
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  20. flamingokid
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    53 Olds works for me.
     
  21. 57Custom300
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    Most of the grilles mentioned are great. They can be installed in different cars and look fantastic. But the one pictured here is my personal favorite.
    As a kid I remember seeing one install in a 58 Ford in Rod & Custom (I think) magazine. Fit that car's lines perfectly.
     
  22. 57Custom300
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    Owned one in the mid-60's. Blue/white w/black stripe. I was kinda out of step driving it. Everyone had muscle cars and here I am driving this car w/the Batmobile grille in it. I didn't care, I loved that car.
     
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  23. flamedabone
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    How about the ever popular "50's Mystery Item" on my old Merc...

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    -Abone.
     
  24. belair
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    I'm famous! Sold the car, kept the grille. Can't get a pic to upload . But the 54 Pontiac grille needed to be trimmed on the ends to fit my 55 Olds. I used the Olds grille mounts in their original locations for the Pontiac grille. Very easy to do.
     
  25. Boones
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    53 chevy grill surround (and teeth). It is used on lots of old customs
    54 Pontiac
    54 Chevy grill
    57 Corvette
    Desoto
     
  26. belair
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    57 Buick is tasty, too.
     
  27. BJR
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    What about the 54 Buick grill? It's one of the best in my opinion.
     
  28. demonspeed
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    I'm a fan of the '53 Chevy and '53 ford. Never seen anyone use a 53 ford on anything other than the body style it came in though.
     
  29. seb fontana
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    Since my 51' has a glass nose and I didn't want the glass work I built a replica 49' grill to occupy the 51' grill space..
     

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  30. OfficerBimbo
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    I put some bullets in my 57 chevy truck grill.
     

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