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Old 10-30-2019, 11:44 AM
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Default Dances with grills

So I have this catch 22. Besides car meets the only place I take this car is to my pub. Driving it gives me an excuse to go there...going there gives me an excuse to drive it.

So I go one time and get my spot right in front, and a guy sitting at the bar says "What is that, a Hudson"?

Anyway, I have been playing with the paint program and was trying to decide if I want to change the grill and make something custom, keeping the old school hot rod look. Lowes sells different lightweight aluminum tubes, angles, strips in different types/sizes. In fact the lower part of that grill was bondo'd to the splash plan when I removed it, so I made the lower piece. In other words not much left of the grill, its painted rust.

Then there is the hood latch which is partially supported by the grill but I have a plan for that

So here are three I am leaning to, (plus original) out of a dozen or more of all kinds of configurations...including no grill. I am leaning towards keeping the parking lights. Hopefully none of these look like a "Hudson".

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Old 10-30-2019, 11:52 AM
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I vote for Number 4. always liked the 'vette grilles.
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Old 10-30-2019, 11:54 AM
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I like 3 & 4!

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Old 10-30-2019, 11:58 AM
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I like the stock signal lights of number three, and the five thin tubes of number one photo. Hopefully, you can put the tubes deeper in to the grille surround, and you will be aces.
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Old 10-30-2019, 12:37 PM
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i like the stock 53 grille in pic 4 out of what you have there.
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Old 10-30-2019, 01:29 PM
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Yep, the 53 stock grille looks best to me (#4). To me it would look better with a bumper.
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Old 10-30-2019, 05:11 PM
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i like the stock 53 grille in pic 4 out of what you have there.
Same.

A '54 Pontiac grill bar also looks good in the '53 Chevy surround.

And don't take the average "I wanna talk about your car" guy at face value. Chances are he only heard the name Hudson because his kid watched CARS once, and he wouldn't actually know one if it ran him over...
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Old 10-30-2019, 05:24 PM
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Wire mesh with drawer pulls.( Let the fight begin.)
It's a very 60's look. And PLEASE... put a front bumper on it.
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Old 10-30-2019, 06:53 PM
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If people can't tell your Chevy from a Hudson, changing the grille won't make any difference!

I'm not feeling the tube grille, but I like to mess with photos. Whatever you do, I agree with the guys, it needs a bumper...




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Old 10-30-2019, 06:59 PM
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Keep the parking lights!
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