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Salvageable Grill? #1306911
Sat Apr 13 2019 02:45 AM
Sat Apr 13 2019 02:45 AM
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Dongray  Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 62
DFW, Texas
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
Sat Apr 13 2019 04:35 AM
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klhansen  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 1,180
Eagle River, Alaska
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
Sat Apr 13 2019 05:26 AM
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Fox  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,410
Breton, Alberta
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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1951-GMC 9430
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Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1306923
Sat Apr 13 2019 06:19 AM
Sat Apr 13 2019 06:19 AM
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klhansen  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 1,180
Eagle River, Alaska
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.

Last edited by klhansen; Sat Apr 13 2019 06:20 AM.

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
Sat Apr 13 2019 06:01 PM
MNSmith  Offline
"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 2,598
So Cal
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
Sat Apr 13 2019 06:15 PM
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Dongray  Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 62
DFW, Texas
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?


1950 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton 3100
Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1307006
Sun Apr 14 2019 01:31 AM
Sun Apr 14 2019 01:31 AM
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klhansen  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 1,180
Eagle River, Alaska
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
Mon Apr 29 2019 03:11 PM
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cmayna  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,908
Menlo Park, Ca
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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If I'm not working on my truck or VW camper, I'm fishing with the wife or smoking Salmon.
Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: cmayna] #1308956
Mon Apr 29 2019 07:04 PM
Mon Apr 29 2019 07:04 PM
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Dongray  Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Sep 2017
Posts: 62
DFW, Texas
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.


1950 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton 3100
Re: Salvageable Grill? [Re: Dongray] #1309005
Tue Apr 30 2019 02:26 AM
Tue Apr 30 2019 02:26 AM
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cmayna  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,908
Menlo Park, Ca
$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
Tue Apr 30 2019 04:13 AM
MNSmith  Offline
"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 2,598
So Cal
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
Tue Apr 30 2019 04:28 AM
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Fox  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,410
Breton, Alberta
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

1953 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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