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Username Post: Opinions on custom grille.        (Topic#343451)
Bel Air kiwi 
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03-20-17 07:56 PM - Post#2682483    

Hi Guys, what do you think of this mild custom grille, off course it has peaked headlights as well which change it too.
I think the piece is from a 55 Plymouth or similar

Cheers Kiwi

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wagonman100 
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03-20-17 08:05 PM - Post#2682487    
    In response to Bel Air kiwi

That is from a '55 Plymouth. Looks pretty good. I think the peaked fenders help the look too though.

Jay
Some days it's not worth chewing through the restraints.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon


 
DZAUTO 
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03-20-17 09:07 PM - Post#2682500    
    In response to wagonman100

How about a 54 Pontiac center grill bar and 52 parking lights? That's what I did to the 51 back about 1963.
Then about 1975 I replaced the Pont grill with a 52 Chevy center grill bar and 54 teeth.
Oh ya, back then the wheel covers were 59-62 Corvette.
The ones today are replica 51 dogdish that are made to fit Ralley wheels (14x6 front, 15x8 rear).







 
raycow 
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03-20-17 09:44 PM - Post#2682508    
    In response to Bel Air kiwi

What would you use for parking lights/turn signals with the Plymouth grille? The pictured car doesn't seem to have any.

Ray

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Bel Air kiwi 
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Bel Air kiwi
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03-20-17 09:55 PM - Post#2682509    
    In response to raycow

Hi Dz, that's a cool look also. It probably needs some work to make suitable park lights for the Plymouth bar. My personal favorite of the stock ones is the 51.
But I also think this custom combo is pretty schmick.
But I do like a custom grille that looks like a factory design.

Cheers kiwi

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Edited by Bel Air kiwi on 03-20-17 09:57 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
GreatNorthWoods 
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03-21-17 03:02 AM - Post#2682525    
    In response to Bel Air kiwi

Hmmm, think I like the stock grille better...

Vern

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gsnort 
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03-21-17 06:24 AM - Post#2682558    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

Each to his own. Opinions are like belly buttons: Everybody's got one. I prefer the multi-tooth '51 Kustom over stock.



 
Tri5man 
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03-21-17 07:56 AM - Post#2682577    
    In response to gsnort

The Plymouth.



 
Bel Air kiwi 
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03-21-17 06:27 PM - Post#2682668    
    In response to gsnort

Hi Gsnort, I think I am with you on that one if the stock lights are kept. The candy apple red and one piece screen don't hurt either.

Cheers Kiwi

48 3100 RHD, 51 Deluxe 4DR RHD, 51 Bel Air parts car, 52 Bel Air P-Glide LHD. Others 23T, 32 Tudor, 58 Edsel pacer 4DR HDT, 79 F250 351C RHD. 69,70,82 Capri. No mobile, no TV, and no Jap cars


 
GreatNorthWoods 
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03-22-17 05:03 AM - Post#2682707    
    In response to Bel Air kiwi

I think those Plymouth parts make the car grille too massive looking. Kind of reminds me of that creepy looking Lincoln in the movie "The Car"...

Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 350 Crate Engine,700-R4, Vintage Air, EZ Wire, Ididit column, Cruise/Tilt, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, Nova 10-bolt


 
steveknight 
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03-22-17 01:38 PM - Post#2682779    
    In response to Bel Air kiwi

Hi Kiwi,

I like the look of that grille, as a matter of fact I like the look of the whole car, is this one of your cars and if so did you make it pillarless ? The reason l ask is that last year I bought a 50 styleline 2 door that's had the pillars cut out and left with no side windows and although I'm a way off from doing them I would appreciate any tips from anyone who has made theirs into a true pillarless coupe, the other problem is that I'm in the UK so I can't go to a scrapyard to find a wreck to cut bits off.

Thanks in advance, Steve



 
Bel Air kiwi 
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Bel Air kiwi
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03-22-17 01:50 PM - Post#2682781    
    In response to steveknight

Hi Steve, Welcome, No Not My Bel Air. Just off the inter-web. Mine are stock.

You should google Chevy Bel Air. 50-52. It is a separate model and is best described as a convertible with a fancy fixed roof.
After 52 the Bel Air name change from a unique car to a trim level.

Very little from the screen back fits anything else in the range. The doors and trunk are common with the convertible as is the windscreen as these are factory chopped a couple of inches. You will really struggle to make a 2-door into a pillarless using Bel air parts.

Cheers Kiwi

48 3100 RHD, 51 Deluxe 4DR RHD, 51 Bel Air parts car, 52 Bel Air P-Glide LHD. Others 23T, 32 Tudor, 58 Edsel pacer 4DR HDT, 79 F250 351C RHD. 69,70,82 Capri. No mobile, no TV, and no Jap cars


 

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