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Old 12-14-2011, 03:11 PM
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something else I tried is aluminum strips 1/2' x 1/8" that looked good too but I liked the chrome a little better


1/8 x 1/2'' aluminum bars would look good as well.
They buff up nicely.

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Most of those type grills are painted on three sides and only the 1/8 stays so polishing isnt a big deal ......but aluminum is a lot harder to make bends in without an expensive shrinker /strecher that works without maring the surface but if its a straight shot it''ll work well too.Aluminum takes glues well too so if you dont have a tig it can still be done ez...Heres a few shots of the chrome faucet tubing. and a part of the grill I'm making..
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if you use tubing, you could use all or part of it as a cooler
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http://www.dundeeproducts.com/chart.html

A steel tubing chart for your information..

http://www.metalsdepot.com/products/alum2.phtml?page=tube&LimAcc=$LimAcc

Aluminum tube sizes for information..

making the grill a cooler could be good idea...

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Most of those type grills are painted on three sides and only the 1/8 stays so polishing isnt a big deal ......but aluminum is a lot harder to make bends in without an expensive shrinker /strecher that works without maring the surface but if its a straight shot it''ll work well too.Aluminum takes glues well too so if you dont have a tig it can still be done ez...Heres a few shots of the chrome faucet tubing. and a part of the grill I'm making..

You're right on the money! We make vette grilles at work - I'm not allowed to post pictures of how we do it, but what you got there is how a lot of people form metal.
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I built an aluminum tube grille for a friend's truck using the remnants of our old TV antenna. I almost threw it out when I re-roofed the house, but I'm a packrat, and it just looked like something I might use parts of someday.
Wasn't but a couple months later that we were looking to build his grille and I thought of the antenna in the scrap metal pile. I got the antenna and the portaband out, and we did some measuring. The tubing wa weathered, so as we cut pieces we polished them with 400 grit, then buffed them on the wheel.
Once we had the support pieces made we JB welded the tubes into the supports and let it sit. Turned out great, and the cost was under $20 for some aluminum bar tock, and JB Weld. We also clear coated it, as I figured the aluminum would weather and dull again.
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if you use tubing, you could use all or part of it as a cooler
LOL ,Thats funny I dont care who you are....
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You're right on the money! We make vette grilles at work - I'm not allowed to post pictures of how we do it, but what you got there is how a lot of people form metal.
This grill is something I've been thinking about while I'm doing the metal fab on the nose of this car , Now that I know it'll work I have a plan after I finish the metal work,gotta think ahead,,,I still have to mock up an aluminum grill just to see how it looks but this will work,it aint cheap though ,about 120.00 for the whole grill and thats just the mock up and who knows how long it'll last....aluminum strips on the other hand would be a lot cheaper and might look just as good and hold up a lot longer.....espiecally if they're clear coated....This is just the easiest option to start off with for some quick results...
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'36 Chevy truck grille

Hello,
I build aluminum grille inserts everyday and the '36 Chevy truck is a regular production piece for me. I have a grille shell at the shop to build the insert in. It comes with all the mounting brackets etc.

I build it with 1/8" x 3/8" custom extruded bar stock that has a rounded leading edge. It's available as a front edge polish with satin sides, fully polished or chrome plated.

The '36 Chevy truck grille is one of 85+ different grilles we build for Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Plymouth, Willys, etc. Sorry, but we don't build any Buick, Olds or Pontiac inserts.

If you'd like more info, send me a PM through this forum. In keeping with the guidelines of this forum, I'm not allowed to post any contact info in this reply, but a Google search of my username should get you there

Thanks,
Dan Baker

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grill ideas

You can also go to a ornametal steel shop, they have all kind of square and round rods thar are twisted or embellished in some way for fencing, and they are very inexpensive. I like the 1/4 twisted square rod myself.
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making chev grill insert

Interesting project, my buddy is making grill insert for his '33 Sedan
He is using 3/16 key stock and cut two sets of bars(left and right).

On a metal table he started from the center and using small nuts, one on each side of tack as spacers, and clamped each bar as it was tacked into place, , kept adding bars till one side was done, then same process to other side. Care not to get going too fast, so nothing got hot. He then repeated process for the top and bottom tacks.

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