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#1428073 Tue Oct 26 2021 09:14 PM
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pauld Offline OP
'Bolter
52 gmc
When it comes to painting the grill, it looks like the only way to do it well is to drill out the rivets so I can straighten the vertical pieces and clean it up good. Looks like I could do a decent job painting it reassembled.
Is that how you guys would do it? Or paint it apart?
Also would you use rivets or the nut and bolt method to reassemble?
Not too concerned about factory looks.
Paul


Paul
pauld #1428319 Fri Oct 29 2021 12:05 AM
Joined: Nov 2018
Posts: 130
C
'Bolter
Paul,
Yes, on my '51-3100 I completely disassembled the grille assembly to body work and paint the parts separately. You can either drill out or grind the rivets out. For reassembly I used bolts and nuts, there are several vendors that sell "complete hardware kits" for these grill assemblies. I hope this helps!


Charlie

'51 3100 5-Window (Restomod in progress)
pauld #1428327 Fri Oct 29 2021 01:11 AM
Joined: Apr 2020
Posts: 166
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Professional procrastinator
I took mine apart. I had to for chrome purposes. I cleaned and painted the verticals then assembled it all with rivets except for a couple ones the rivet gun could not get. I used screws and nuts for those. You can't even see them.


1946 Chevy 3/4T panel
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1947.2 GMC 1/2T long bed
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pauld #1428401 Fri Oct 29 2021 06:34 PM
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 1,056
Former BMW Rider
Here's an old thread that discusses grille disassembly and fasteners. I used the threaded fasteners to re-assemble my grille and included some pics too.

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Grille Original.jpg (198.25 KB, 163 downloads)
Grille Verticals 1A.jpg (248.09 KB, 163 downloads)
Painted Grille Bars 1A.jpg (178.21 KB, 162 downloads)
Grille Back 1.jpg (167.89 KB, 162 downloads)
Grille Installed 1.jpg (149.3 KB, 162 downloads)

Andy

His: 1947 Chevrolet 3104 [flic.kr]
Hers: 2008 American Saddlebred [flic.kr]

"I proudly Stand for the Flag and Kneel for the Cross" Unknown
pauld #1428405 Fri Oct 29 2021 07:34 PM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 5,427
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
I completely disassembled, restored and reassembled a grille as part of a frame off resto of a '49 4400. I found it to be simple, easy and kinda fun. I was *very* pleased with the result. I used the nut and bolt kit from Jim Carter. For cutting the original rivets, I used a dremel with the teenie cut off disc.

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001.jpg (62.91 KB, 155 downloads)
003.jpg (84.32 KB, 154 downloads)
005.jpg (82.44 KB, 154 downloads)
005a.jpg (41.35 KB, 154 downloads)
006.jpg (42.77 KB, 154 downloads)
007.jpg (62.98 KB, 154 downloads)
008.jpg (43.89 KB, 154 downloads)
009.jpg (61.94 KB, 154 downloads)

John
Cisgendered heteronormative aggressor perpetrating problematic toxic ideas of Chevrolet normativity smile

'49 Chevrolet 3804




pauld #1428444 Fri Oct 29 2021 10:47 PM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 5,059
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Mixed Up
John
Is that Charlie in powder blue?

Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

1967 GMC 9500 Fire Ladder Truck
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'46 2-Ton grain truck
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'70 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.
pauld #1428460 Sat Oct 30 2021 01:05 AM
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J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Don, No -- That truck predated Charlie.


John
Cisgendered heteronormative aggressor perpetrating problematic toxic ideas of Chevrolet normativity smile

'49 Chevrolet 3804




pauld #1428462 Sat Oct 30 2021 01:27 AM
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Posts: 5,059
2
Mixed Up
Thanks John, I thought you went crazy there!

Don


Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!

1967 GMC 9500 Fire Ladder Truck
"The Flag Pole"
In the Stovebolt Gallery [stovebolt.com]
More pix on Photobucket [s893.photobucket.com]
'46 2-Ton grain truck
'48 3/4-ton grain truck
'50 2-ton flatbed
'54 Pontiac Straight Eight
'70 American LaFrance pumper fire truck.
pauld #1428468 Sat Oct 30 2021 02:42 AM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 10,107
5
'Bolter
I bought stainless steel nuts and bolts for mine.

pauld #1428578 Sun Oct 31 2021 12:50 AM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 5,427
J
Unrepentant VW Lover
Don -- I did go crazy. I'm over it now.


John
Cisgendered heteronormative aggressor perpetrating problematic toxic ideas of Chevrolet normativity smile

'49 Chevrolet 3804




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