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Salvageable Grill? #1306911 Sat Apr 13 2019 02:45 AM
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Dongray Offline OP
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First I would like to know how to tell if I have a repo grill or an original? See attachment
If it is original can the dents in it be removed enough for chroming or should I go the repo grill route or try and find another original?

Thanks,
Dongray

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1950 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton 3100
Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1306919 Sat Apr 13 2019 04:35 AM
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That grill could be straightened enough for paint, but I really believe that it would take a primo metal guy to look good in chrome. Maybe Robert (MPandC) could do it. Maybe he'll come by and give you a real opinion.

Have not seen a repo grille, but an original should have tubular rivets holding it together. I'm going to guess that's an original going by the two I've taken apart.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos
Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1306920 Sat Apr 13 2019 05:26 AM
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I’d buy it used as is for my project and salvage it! It’s in pretty darn good shape.


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1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

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Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1306923 Sat Apr 13 2019 06:19 AM
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I'd go for that grille too if I didn't already have one (building from parts of two). My truck is getting a painted grille, and even I could take that one and make it look good enough for paint.

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Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos
Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1306966 Sat Apr 13 2019 06:01 PM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
My grill looks similar to yours. I took it to my chromer and he said "no problem!" Same with my Suburban side outer window trim. It will cost me, but my parts will be better than reproduction. The only large component I bought repro was the rear bumper as I never had the original. The difference between it and the front bumper my chromer has already done, is night and day. Find yourself a good chrome shop.

Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1306967 Sat Apr 13 2019 06:15 PM
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Dongray Offline OP
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I have found a few original grills for 100 bucks were the good bars are the ones I need to replace so Im thinking of buying them and making one good grill. Figure the time required to fix the metal on the current one would easily off set spending 100 bucks for bars in good condition. Does anyone know of a good chrome shop in North Texas area?


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Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1307006 Sun Apr 14 2019 01:31 AM
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That's exactly what I did. Bought a second grill and am using the best parts to build a good one.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos
Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1308929 Mon Apr 29 2019 03:11 PM
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cmayna Offline
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I agree that for chroming, the dings might make it a tough but maybe a local chromer can do wonders. Can't imagine what the freight cost would be for another used grill. But then again, that's what your local craigslist is for smile


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Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: cmayna] #1308956 Mon Apr 29 2019 07:04 PM
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Dongray Offline OP
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I was just quoted 850 for each bumper and for the grill 450 per bar....that would be 3700!!!!!

Sounds like repro parts or paint if the rest of the bids are like that.


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Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1309005 Tue Apr 30 2019 02:26 AM
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$450 per bar? OMG!! Am I outdating myself or what? Here I was expecting more like $150 per bar.


Craig's '50 Chevy 3100 5 window
My truck
If I'm not working on my truck or VW camper, I'm fishing with the wife or smoking Salmon.
Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1309017 Tue Apr 30 2019 04:13 AM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
That's what my guy quoted me not so long ago. $150 a bar.

Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1309019 Tue Apr 30 2019 04:28 AM
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Fox Offline
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Go somewhere else. That’s stupid high. My 51 GMC grill, hood badge, and side call outs cost $1300 CDN.


In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pictures here

1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
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