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#1 of 26 Help! What classic car is this grill from?
Feb 16, 2011 (8:19 pm)
I found the remains of a classic car in the wash near my parents house in Marshall, Arkansas. There is very little left of it, but the front grill/headlight assembly is mostly intact, as well as the front bumper.
I attached a link to the pic, if someone could point me in the right direction that'd be awesome! If you can pinpoint the exact year/make/model you are awesome beyond words
#2 of 26 Re: Help! What classic car is this grill from? [adrielkelsick]
Feb 16, 2011 (9:05 pm)
#4 of 26 Re: Pic [adrielkelsick]
Feb 17, 2011 (2:41 am)
My first guess would be a 1953 Chevy.
#5 of 26 Re: Pic [andre1969]
Feb 17, 2011 (8:11 am)
Looks like Andre's got it:
#6 of 26 Re: Pic [texases]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Feb 17, 2011 (8:52 am)
Hey, let's start a "Mystery Grill" topic!
#7 of 26 Re: Pic [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 17, 2011 (9:15 am)
speaking of "mystery grilles", is anybody familiar with the big, blue "MOTOR" Auto Repair Manuals? My Granddad had a set of them spanning 1960-1976, although missing a year or two here and there. Each one actually went back 7 years though, so his set was good enough to cover 1953-76.
For model and year identification, they'd usually show a picture of the bumper and grille, although often they'd cut out the headlights, depending on how well-integrated they were.
As a little kid, I used to love looking through those books, at the pics of the grilles. With just the grille pictured, but not knowing what the rest of the car looked like, it left a lot to the imagination. For instance, I knew what a '58 Chevy looked like, as that was a common enough car, and I had a model of one. But I didn't know what a '58 Pontiac or Olds looked like, although just going by the grille pic in the book, I imagined they must have been gorgeous. Of course, once I got a little older, and saw a pic of what a '58 Pontiac or Olds really looked like, man was I disappointed!
Those books might have been what initially turned me on to the '57-58 DeSoto, as well. The bumper/grille combinations pictures were so sleek, simple, and futuristic...downright exotic looking. It really made me wonder what the rest of the car looked like. And, when I finally saw a picture of one, it was thankfully a different experience from the Olds and Pontiac!
#8 of 26 Re: Pic [andre1969]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Feb 17, 2011 (9:16 am)
I have some of those books. They're really a great reference and I wouldn't part with them for anything.
#9 of 26 Re: Pic [andre1969]
Feb 17, 2011 (9:37 am)
The old KBB and NADA guides I have from the 70s have a feature like that, also going back 7 years I think.
I think I had one of those MOTOR manuals picked up at a garage sale when I was younger, but probably got sold off when my mother cleared out the garage when I was in school. I know my paint chip collection vanished that way.
#10 of 26 Re: Pic [fintail]
Feb 17, 2011 (7:15 pm)
Here's an example (excuse the dark pic) from a 1976 KBB...pretty neat