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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. 79mbu
    Joined: May 3, 2011
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    79mbu
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    from australia

    One of the very nicest front end treatments that I can recall from my days of growing up in eastern Canada was on a '56 Ford Crown Victoria
    2-door hardtop, the one with the tinted glass insert in the roof. The car was turquoise and white, continental kit and skirts, and that '56 Meteor grill. The local Custom Auto Body Shop extended the lower front of the hood so that it curved downward to match the V-shape of the grille bar. Absolutely perfect look to the car.

    My first car was a '57 Ford that I modified by changing over to '58 front fenders (quad headlights) and that grill bar from a '57 Desoto. Instead of the big heavy Desoto lower pan, I bolted on one from a '59 Plymouth. Same shape as the Desoto unit, but lighter looking and kept the front end from appearing too heavy. The Desoto bar was chromed, while the Plymouth pan was painted body colour.

    Sorry, no pictures of either car.

    Glen
     
  2. fryguy
    Joined: Nov 26, 2005
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    This is something I always have spent a lot of time contemplating. Here is my list with corresponding reference pictures
    -Fryguy

    1950 Buick
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    1953 Desoto
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    1956 Mercury Meteor
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    1954 Desoto
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    1950 Oldsmobile
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    Now we need a thread for the top 5 side trim and headlight treatments :D
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2012
  3. Mr. Jean
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    A Pontiac grill in my old Ford years ago.:cool:

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  4. fryguy
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    Cool pic Jean ^^^



     
  5. Mr. Jean
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    Thanks. I want to say it's early 1963 in Alhambra, Califormia. :cool:
     
  6. attitudor
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    attitudor
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    from Finland

    Mocking up my -55 Corvette grill (not photoshop...)
     

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  7. Wanderer1957
    Joined: Dec 7, 2012
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    "54 Pontiac is one of my favorites. Everyone seemed to use them in Shoebox Fords and Mercs.
     

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