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Thread: tube grilles / custom grilles late 50's to the 70's

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    Re: tube grilles / custom grilles late 50's to the 70's

    Quote Originally Posted by Rivullac
    and heres something wonky ( along with some little people from the Jersey Shore)
    haha that alexander bros poncho is still showin', too... always loved that '60 for the obvious...it's a '60 and it's wonky as fuck. ;-)

    flaco

    btw, while we're on-topic... alexander bro's rides have ALWAYS been my favorite of the era. especially in regards to full-blown front-end customizing they did, headlight treatments, etc... thier cars always looked great and it started with the front-end.
    La Onda don't shine shoes.

  2. #42
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    Re: tube grilles / custom grilles late 50's to the 70's

    X2 on A-bros! Like a beacon of light for the East coast. lol.
    Outside of society, they're waitin' for me.

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    Re: tube grilles / custom grilles late 50's to the 70's

    Quote Originally Posted by F-U Manchu!
    X2 on A-bros! Like a beacon of light for the East coast. lol.
    haha no shit, smack-dab in the middle of all things wonky and crusty.

    flaco

    La Onda don't shine shoes.

  4. #44
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    Re: tube grilles / custom grilles late 50's to the 70's

    Although not specifically tube grilles, I think looking at factory styling exercises that led up to the final version of a car can offer some options towards unique custom treatments.






    Tradition didn't end in 1964

  5. #45
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    Harry you are a god. So bad ass. Hmmm. I wonder what that last one was a concept for. And what it just inspired? Lol. Ruler.
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    Re: tube grilles / custom grilles late 50's to the 70's





    Tradition didn't end in 1964

  7. #47
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    haha i love what you're doing here, sir. and by sir, i mean the greek god.

    Flaco
    La Onda don't shine shoes.

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    Re: tube grilles / custom grilles late 50's to the 70's

    I've been trying to figure out something custom to do to my grille, but with the way it's made I'm having a tough time. Maybe I'm just not creative enough. eusa_wall.gif
    Lord, I question whether I've had my fill. Lord, I question whether I can take much more.

  9. #49
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    Re: tube grilles / custom grilles late 50's to the 70's

    Quote Originally Posted by Rasputin
    Although not specifically tube grilles, I think looking at factory styling exercises that led up to the final version of a car can offer some options towards unique custom treatments.






    Are these 1:1 clay models? It sure looks so, and if im right its even more amazing!
    Beautiful stuff, the Buick too, pretty obvious where their inspiration comes from.
    Are they hand sculpted or "stamped" if this is even a word when talkin clay.
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  10. #50
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    Hand sculpted. I believe the top "pontiac" looking one is done against a mirror. A trick they would do so they only had to sculpt half the car and not worry about symmetry. The other ones look like full pieces.
    Outside of society, they're waitin' for me.

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  11. #51
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    ^^^ Jeez, i suppose you realize as well as me how damn good those guys had to be to do such a perfect job in clay!^^^^
    Im wondering what was the fate of these sculptures.....
    And Fu, that one you wonderin about looks a lot like that Barris Wildcat you posted on the previous page.... dont it?
    I really like the grille and hood treatment on the last Buick in the 2nd row of photos.
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  12. #52
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    its interesting how the concepts for the 64 electra and riviera used 14 inch wheels. And that the rallys are on the electra and the caps on the riv. Also noticed that since they were just doing facelifts for 64 they used 63 models and sculpted off of actual cars verses the half car mirror trick on the pontiac concept. f
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    At the clay stage I don't think the wheel choice was being considered. I speculate that they used what they had around.

    Besides the mirror trick, sometimes they would do a complete car with a different treatment on each side. I think the were more likely to mock up the whole car as they got closer to a final design.
    Tradition didn't end in 1964

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    This thread needs a bump.. Question 1: Harry, where did you come by those amazing archival photos?! Question 2: Does anyone have any hints, tricks, suggestions, etc for building a tube grile? I've heard tell that some people will build a wooden buck in the grille cavity then bend the tubes over it? I'm gonna start on mine soon, and I know how I want it to look, but actually doin it is gonna be tricky... Bretto, how's yours comin along? Mike, any progress on the Electra? Got any pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamo View Post
    Donnie's grille is badass



    Anybody know Donnie? Or can ask him where he got his plates from? I've been looking to get a pair of black plates with my current plate #.

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    The Bill Mitchell Riviera has always ruled me. I love the grill treatment. Works as a vent and can be opened for airflow to the radiator.
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    Has anyone done business with http://www.customgrills.com ?

    Really digging their '61 caddy treatment. Thinking something similar for my '62.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manolow View Post
    Anybody know Donnie? Or can ask him where he got his plates from? I've been looking to get a pair of black plates with my current plate #.
    I don't know him, but I'm 100% sure he painted them. Ca black and golds were 3 letters and 3 numbers.

    Thread kicks ass, btw.

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    GODDAMN SCANNER!!!!! I picked up a 'Custom Cars' Mag from charlottes web at their grand opening last weekend from DEC 1959, and front cover is 'New ideas for grilles', and has a full spread on knobs, bullets, plastics, and tubes.... BUT my pc is screwed and scanner aint cooperating. But yeah, tubes were in the mix back to 59 atleast.....
    Just call me Taboo. Collar popped, fuck off........

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    Got it to work...





    Just call me Taboo. Collar popped, fuck off........

    64 caddy 6 window sedan deville

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