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Chop my 75 factory grille, or not???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by FWP, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. FWP

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    It seems like a crime to cut this nice grille up. It's in really good shape for being 30 years old. I'm getting rid of the fenders and tubing the front and need a narrower grille. The chrome pieces across it are real metal, not the chrome paint junk. Are these things worth keeping, or should I just chop it to fit. I'm not sure what I should do. Here's a pic...

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  2. 1979jimmy350

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    keep that one sell it find another in bad shape to hack up
     
  3. 84gmcjimmy

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    if you were closer I would trade you my 84 grill for your 75. My has a crack on the outer edge, but i'd imagine you'd cut that off for narrowing.
    good luck whatever you do.:)
     
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    Sell it or swap it Fred. Don't whack up a nice piece of classic GM hardware for your trail truck. Find a junk one and cut it up and make a $ off that one.

    Harley
     
  5. FWP

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    That's what I was thinkin. What would something like this be worth? Enough for a WMS 3:1 for my 203:haha:
     
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    Somehow I doubt it. Every little bit helps though right. So you decided on the 3:1 instead of the regear? I think that is the best option for you. It gives your more options too. 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, and 6:1. With the addition of 42's, 3:1, and truggying it will be a totally different animal and will be fun to watch.

    Harley
     
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    Amen Bro:grin:
     
  8. az-k5

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    Ahhhh... So the race is on??? First to the top of china wash wins :grin:

    I like the way you are headed. How narrow are you thinking?

    PS I am going truggy this month too (I decided that soon after H2H whooped my azz)
     
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    I want it to still be street legal, for now. Sooo, keeping the windshield.:grin:
     
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    Kinda funny, we all can break every part, dent every panel, kill any tool, but for the love of god don't hurt the windshield.
     
  11. FWP

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    Kinda like the states that require a wiper, but not a windsheild:laugh:

    BTW, picking up glass is a PIA. Ask Juan about Rockpile:laugh:
     
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    sell the original grille, and buy an aftermarket, and pocket the rest of the cash. i'm sure there's someone out there who an aftermarket grille just isnt an option for.
     
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    That is the only thing worth anything besides the 4 speed setup that came with my other 83 :D Dunno about the other tub as I ain't heard of it again , but I sure as #$%^% are going to keep my unmolested winder on whatever backs out of my garage this summer :grin:
     
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    i want i but i dont have the money for it right now:crazy:
     
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    If your truck makes it all year without getting the front fenders pushed in like Shawns ............. I'll #%$^ an eggroll ;)
     
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    i would find another truck to put it on. that is the cleanest grill that i have ever seen and its allmost to bling for me. im planing on swapin a 70's front clip on to my 81 dually that mean that the grill would work. dont cut it up save it for the broke white kid:grin:
     
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    I have one from a 73!

    I would sell yours and get one from a boneyard that has some of the "teeth" broken out in the area your going to cut off anyway--its nearly impossible to find a nice on in the yards,but there are plenty of grilles that have been butchered to let plow hoses go thru them,or have cracks or teeth missing--they will probably just give you one that isnt mint,they will most likely crush it anyway...:crazy:
     
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    Fred....don't chop that up!!!!!:(
    Those grills go for $30-50 at a swap meet.$200 new.

    I have a couple rough grills..that would be perfect.
     
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    you wanna trade?:grin: the one on my truck would be perfect for cutting up. its got one little crack on the bottom (slightly offcenter to the pass side.) its from a 74, are they the same?
     

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