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Old 10-30-2012, 11:24 AM
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Chrome '32 Radiator Shell?

I have seen aftermarket Chrome radiator shells, but mostly 28,29,30 & 31...has anyone seen '32 Rad Shell in chrome?
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Considering that they came in the body colour....No
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yea, I knew they came body color, but figured since you can get older Model A shells in chrome aftermarket, I thought somewhere they may have a '32 shell in chrome. I checked with a couple suppliers on the auction site, but they do not sell '32 shells in chrome....
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Being that was a "body panel" like part in 32, it wasn't a left over from the chrome and brass days of the Model T and A, it was the first V8 and the grille shell was body color and considered one of the most identifiable iconic grilles of all American cars in history. People have chromed them over the years once in a while but it is largely frowned on. It's like putting a smilie face on the Mona Lisa.

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LOL! if there were ever someone to go ahead and chrome one, it would be ME. I dont like to be like everyone else, (but I'd only do it to an aftermarket shell.) Got to be one out there someplace.....
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With the amount of work required to fix those crappy stamped and flimsy after market grille shells, regardless of brand (Brookville/Drake/Carpenter, etc) you had best find a perfect original to chrome. I have close to 40 hours on mine for painting and it's still only a 90+/- percenter as far as looks.

But ..... to each his own

(gotta look crappy!!)
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gonna look crappy???!!!! c'mon, think outa the box!
when the entire engine and front end is chrome, this is a no brainer!
Guess you might think I like chrome.....
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gonna look crappy???!!!! c'mon, think outa the box!
when the entire engine and front end is chrome, this is a no brainer!
Guess you might think I like chrome.....
I guess you are too new here to have seen my TCI Stage 3 chassis along with the shiny engine so let me enlighten you about sparkly stuff:





Notice that painted grille shell - it doesn't detract your attention from the rest of the painted car body panels
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Very Nice!!! only if that shell was chrome....
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Very Nice!!! only if that shell was chrome....

LOL, you're a rascal now aren't you!

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Very Nice!!! only if that shell was chrome....
Never, on my car BARF!!!

As said above "But ..... to each his own"
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You'll never find a chrome shell nor will you ever see one at a hot rod event.....so you go ahead and be the first one on your block to have one.
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there are plenty of chrome shells, just not for a '32, but THANKS!
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yea, I knew they came body color, but figured since you can get older Model A shells in chrome aftermarket, I thought somewhere they may have a '32 shell in chrome. ....
Not just "aftermarket", Model A Fords came from the factory with stainless grilles, that's a big reason why you see so many stainless / chrome A grilles now.

Part of what makes the '32 grille so classic and timeless is the painted grille shell and its contrast with the stainless grille insert and bull nose.

But I think you should try it. There's not a lot out there that hasn't been done on a deuce, it would be interesting to see how it looks.

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