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grille question
#1414638 Wed Jun 23 2021 11:43 AM
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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

Re: grille question
mikeg103 #1414657 Wed Jun 23 2021 02:47 PM
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It’s done all the time. I don’t believe it requires any major modifications.


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Re: grille question
mikeg103 #1414674 Wed Jun 23 2021 05:41 PM
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I think the 54-55 front fenders will have depressions from where the grill bars and signal lights wrap over, if I remember correctly. Someone else needs to confirm this though.


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Re: grille question
mikeg103 #1414675 Wed Jun 23 2021 05:46 PM
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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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Re: grille question
mikeg103 #1414732 Thu Jun 24 2021 07:27 AM
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Here is a picture of those fenders and the depressions described above.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/advance-design_parts_co/28812818104/in/album-72157631868452754/

Re: grille question
mikeg103 #1414743 Thu Jun 24 2021 12:44 PM
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Here is a picture of a ‘52 for comparison.

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Re: grille question
mikeg103 #1414744 Thu Jun 24 2021 12:50 PM
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The radius on the corner of the grille opening looks sharper on the early AD’s.

Maybe some ‘bolter, that did this swap can chime in!


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Re: grille question
mikeg103 #1414799 Thu Jun 24 2021 08:20 PM
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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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Re: grille question
mikeg103 #1415331 Tue Jun 29 2021 08:36 PM
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thats great info , thanks guys ! I have a classic industries catalog and i guess the fenders in there should fit has anyone had any experience with their parts ? good fit or no ?

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Re: grille question
mikeg103 #1415377 Wed Jun 30 2021 02:02 AM
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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.

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