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rjohnston79
05-06-2010, 12:13 AM
So I was thrilled to get my new grill for my '63 in the mail today. Take a look at the pic, and tell me if anything leaps out at you:
http://i42.tinypic.com/14vo8wo.jpg

When I saw such a nice piece, I didn't hesitate to pay the $60 for the mesh and shell.

So here is the deal... My old mesh is much finer and has only wide horizontal bars. That said, the old one is rusty and bashed out of shape, but the "8" badge does not fit the new one. Was the different grill used on 6 cyl. cars? I couldn't find any google pics showing a car with this grill. Oh well, its too nice not to use.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2gtrg50.jpg


Ron Johnston
1963 Studebaker Daytona HT
http://i49.tinypic.com/2nv9c7o.jpg

silverhawk
05-06-2010, 12:48 AM
The new grill mesh is a '62 Lark one. A pretty darn nice one at that!

Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

StudeRich
05-06-2010, 01:25 AM
It's just personal preference of course, but when I see a view of the whole car with that '62 grille installed, all I see is those three vertical fat bars jumping out at you, and that Mercedes look never did anything for me, if I had a '62 the first thing I would do is install a '63 Grille! :(

StudeRich

silverhawk
05-06-2010, 01:41 AM
I must admit I'm partial to the '62 grill m'self, of course I'm biased there!:D[8D] Me and my dad do hope to add a '63 lark to the flock MAYBE in the next year, so maybe my opinion will change with time.

Mr.Johnston, your old grill doesn't look to bad to me. Is it possible it could be bent back to shape, and the rust polished off with 0000 steel wool? I've had good luck with doing that on my own car.[:p]


quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

It's just personal preference of course, but when I see a view of the whole car with that '62 grille installed, all I see is those three vertical fat bars jumping out at you, and that Mercedes look never did anything for me, if I had a '62 the first thing I would do is install a '63 Grille! :(

StudeRich


Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

rjohnston79
05-06-2010, 10:52 AM
Thanks Guys... it didn't occur to me to look at pics of different years... the seller must have been mistaken when he said it was a '63 grill. Either way it will be the new face of Rosie when she makes her debut.

And yes Dylan, I think the old one could be repaired - it doesn't really show in the picture, but the center of the mesh is pushed so far in that the peak is nearly backwards. I did spend a few minutes with chrome polish and the soft wheel for my Dremel, and it shined up nicely. Ironically, the back face of the old one is nearly perfect, like the front of the new one... sparkly!

Ron Johnston
1963 Studebaker Daytona HT
http://i49.tinypic.com/2nv9c7o.jpg

Skinnys Garage
05-06-2010, 11:23 AM
If you decide to find a '63 mesh, SI has them for $52.00. Other vendors may have them as well part#1352704W. I don't mind the '62 though, but I'm biased like Dylan.;)[8D]

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/f893982a.jpg
Skinny
Watertown, SD