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Old 03-08-2003, 11:21 PM
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Thanks, One Off. In fact, I am a bit of an artist ... aside from my music career of 30+ years, I also sculpt and paint, etc., etc. ... so I will definitely take your advice.

I like my grill, too ... I'd like to have it chromed when I decide to do the Candy Apple Red paint job and what would send me towards a custom/original grill design is if there's a problem properly prepping my grill for chrome.

But this is a cool thread because grills offer such endless possibilities! I was watching some old movie one night (I love the old B&W movies from the 40s & 50s) and this Euro-car was in it ... it had a grill to die for -- vertical chrome rods sat behind a sunburst; the sun was in the bottom corner with diagonal rays shooting upwards ... all chrome rods. Man, it made me jump up out of my seat! I kept watching and hoping they'd do another shot of the grill again.


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Old 03-08-2003, 11:46 PM
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Alan, do you remember what the car with that grill looked like? Was it a custom or stock? Could it have been a Sunbeam?

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Old 03-10-2003, 04:44 PM
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Hey, HK

It was an old looking European car ... running boards, fenders with that sweet Talbot Lagaddo (sp?) look ... the grill was just gorgeous - it was tall with vertical chrome rods and, like I said, the sun sat in the bottom right corner (just a semi-circle outline) with 3 or 4 chrome rods shooting upwards (like rays). It could have been a Sunbeam ... I wouldn't know - never was able to see enough of the car. It looked totally stock.

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Old 03-10-2003, 06:09 PM
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Now I must find this grill, prefferably on the car, but if alone I'm sure it can lead me to the car. I recall vaguelly something like that at some point in my life so now I must find it.

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Old 03-10-2003, 07:32 PM
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My guess would be that it was from the 40s and definitely a Euro car.
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I hollered at the metal guy and he said I ordered 1/4 " steel rod. cool. It'll get here one of these days.
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Good choice.

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[quote]Originally posted by horvath:
<strong>I'd like to remove the "cross' and put in a real "grill" ... like 3/8" wide chrome rods, spaced about 3/8" to 1/2", running horizontally.

Alan Horvath
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Horvath; I made the grille in my Willys (see avatar to the left) sort of how you described your dream grille. The vertical bars in my grille are chromed 3/16" welding rod. You could use 3/8" tubing and do it the same way I did.

I first made a jig in my table saw by cutting a series of carefully spaced parallel grooves in a sheet of 1/2" plywood (might want to use 3/4" wood for your heavier bars) that the rods fit snuggly into. Then I cut another couple of grooves at right angles to the first set into which fit the support bars. To finish the jig, I drilled a hole only part way thru the plywood at each intersection of a grille bar and support bar so I could weld them without interference from the wood.

Assembly of the grille was then very easy - just lay the grille bars in the grooves, lay the support bars on top of the grille bars in their grooves and use my mig welder to tack weld the whole mess together. Result was a perfect (and a grille must be perfect or will stand out like a teenage female inturn in Clinton's Whitehouse) grille that I had chromed and pop rivited into the aluminum panel. Support bars are hidden behind the aluminum panel dividers.
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Old 03-13-2003, 06:05 PM
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Totally cool, willys36!

Man, that sure is a gorgeous grill - thanks for the assembly tips, it explains a lot to me, having never done anything like this.

Where did the aluminum panel come from? Did you make that, too? Jeeze - what a sweet ride!


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Yep, got a piece of 16 ga aluminum from the sheet metal shop, had them break it down the middle at the right angle for the peak in the Willys grille opening, then cut it to shape with the trusty Black and Decker jig saw. Filed edges, polished it and pop riveted the chrome grille bars in. Bolted it in place with stainless allen head button head bolts. Can see a better picture of it in my photo album, 'Dream Day' page.
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YES!


Hoo-wee! That baby must ROAR!!! LOL!
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