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?
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
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.
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?
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
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