hi guys newbie to the forum here . my question is this im taking delivery of a 1954 chevy shortbed soon . i dont care for the grille ( il call it a bull nose) and what i would like to do is replace it with the bar style from a earlier year is that gonna be doable without any major mods ? Thanks
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It’s done all the time. I don’t believe it requires any major modifications.
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The 1954 grill attached differently to to 1954 fenders. This could be easily made to work - probably
The 1954 fenders have the side-lights/lamps in the fenders. The earlier A-D grills have the front side lights attached/mounted in the grill assembly.? Leave those holes/indentation or fill those areas?
(I posted this while Fox posted is comments.)
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The radius inboard of the headlight opening is definitely sharper on earlier fenders.
Here's a pic for comparison with Brad's.
One could modify the later fenders, but it might be easier to swap them with the earlier ones. '54-55.1 fenders are likely scarcer than the early ones. If you find someone with a 54-55.1 who desperately needs fenders, you might be able to get some decent early fenders in a swap.
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You will need to assemble the entire front clip (preferably before paint) and check the fit of aftermarket parts, especially the top of the fender openings where they meet the grill. The grills don't usually fit original fenders in that area, and I doubt that they fit aftermarket fenders. The radius of the corners aren't right.