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52 GMC Burb Grill
#1433390 Mon Dec 13 2021 01:59 PM
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'Bolter
Hello all,
My 52 Jimmy has the original painted grill in nice shape. I understand that in 52, due to Korean war, there was less "shine" on these trucks, correct? I had decided to paint the grill for history's sake, but my son that did all my painting and body work says it has to have Chrome. Anyway, does anyone have any experience with the "Counter" brand of Chrome grills for the AD? Are they true to size and fit or am I going to have fits putting it back together? How about the thickness of the bars compared to original? I can buy the complete GMC grill from Classic Truck in CA for $500. The plater here in Phx area wants $1K for the 4 bars and 2 end caps. Son does show quality body and paint, but this isn't a Barrett Jackson car and $1k is a lot to spend on a grill just for looks...in my opinion.

Anyway, any help is appreciated.

And Merry Christmas from sunny AZ

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Re: 52 GMC Burb Grill
azcornman #1433394 Mon Dec 13 2021 03:55 PM
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Good morning! That's a great looking suburban. Yes you are correct, the 52 grill should be white. I purchased the Aftermarket chrome grille for my 49 Suburban and the quality is top notch. Just some minor adjusting up at the latch panel to get it to fit. Nothing major. The grill is now 5 years old and looks brand new. I garage keep my suburban. For the price of the grill I think it is a great deal verses chroming an original . I bought mine from Jim Carter but I am guessing the same provider supplies all of the major vintage truck parts suppliers.


Phillip
1927 Chevy Capital 1 Ton truck - basket case
1941 Chevy Suburban - Parts only
1949 GMC Suburban - 10 year project
1945 GMC half ton truck - Driver
1946 Chevy COE - Might restore one day...
1959 GMC Half ton long bed NAPCO

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Re: 52 GMC Burb Grill
azcornman #1433399 Mon Dec 13 2021 04:43 PM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
I got mine from Truck Shop in Orange. It is a Counterpart item. Barely fits correctly, took a lot of work to fit it the way I wanted it to fit. I'm not happy that the shape of the bars are not like OEM, although you couldn't tell from 20'. The chrome is too bright with that offshore "triple nickel" plating. BUT, for me, it fills the hole while I take my original to the chrome shop, have them straighten the bars, then plate with the proper copper, nickel, chrome system.

Re: 52 GMC Burb Grill
azcornman #1433426 Mon Dec 13 2021 09:49 PM
Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 31
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Thanks guys for the replies. Just what I was wanting but not expecting. A toss up! I need to pull out my Carter catalog and check that one out. I was looking at the Truck Shop one. Glad I asked! Grandson inside the burb is almost 6' tall now @ 13yrs old! 7 years ago. How time flies!

Thanks again!

Re: 52 GMC Burb Grill
azcornman #1433469 Tue Dec 14 2021 03:46 AM
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There is a NOS GMC grill on Seattle Craiglist for $550, still in original factory crate.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/pts/d/portland-nos-gmc-pu-chrome-grille/7419303584.html


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Re: 52 GMC Burb Grill
MiraclePieCo #1433479 Tue Dec 14 2021 06:01 AM
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That is a nice looking grill! If only it was a 4 bar grill. ohwell
Thanks for the tip.

Re: 52 GMC Burb Grill
azcornman #1434522 Thu Dec 23 2021 05:01 AM
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A teacher, but always an apprentice.
I vote rechroming. I had my 51 GMC front redone and it was about the same price as your quote. It fits like glove, looks amazing, and I didn’t have ANY issues at all putting it back together. Ask the chrome shop if you can do any work. I saved some money by welding up holes, hammering and dollying, disassembling my grill at home and giving the pieces to them. I then had to reassemble them, but I enjoyed every minute. If I recall correctly, it saved me over $400 in labour (off their quote).

When it’s all done you won’t look back and say, “Man, I wish I had just rechromed the original...”

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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- Rusty- the puzzle box lid for the C10.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.
1962 AMC Rambler American- my wife’s

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1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: 52 GMC Burb Grill
azcornman #1434523 Thu Dec 23 2021 05:41 AM
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Here's another option. Chrome powder coating is available, probably for a lot less than actual chrome. Not indistinguishable from chrome, but pretty good.


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Re: 52 GMC Burb Grill
azcornman #1434690 Sat Dec 25 2021 04:46 AM
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A teacher, but always an apprentice.
I’ve never heard of that before, Kevin. Neat.


In the Stovebolt Gallery [stovebolt.com]
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1951 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- Rusty- the puzzle box lid for the C10.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.
1962 AMC Rambler American- my wife’s

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: 52 GMC Burb Grill
azcornman #1435231 Thu Dec 30 2021 04:36 PM
Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 31
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Nice thoughts everyone. I called Jimmie at Carter and asked about his grills. Different Manufacturer than the CounterBrand @ Truck shop in CA. Decided to give it a try. Only they are backordered at the moment. I had my grill all disassembled and in very good condition. I think I may paint it as planned, reassemble, and see what I think.

Thanks, and Happy New Year


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