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  • Body / Glass: GT Hawk Side grilles

    A question arose last weekend, namely - can the side grilles from the 1963 GT Hawk be fitted into the 1962 body.

    A club member has a 1963 with a 1962 front clip and was wondering.

    Thanks in advance to those suppling information.
    John Clements
    Christchurch, New Zealand

  • #2
    The fenders were redesigned in 63 and 64 to accomodate the new grilles. So not without body work.
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    Claude Chmielewski
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    • #3
      The '62 hood will not work with the 63-64 side grilles. The hood contour around the side grilles is different.
      Frank van Doorn
      Omaha, Ne.
      1962 GT Hawk 289 4 speed
      1941 Champion streetrod, R-2 Powered, GM 200-4R trans.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by studeski View Post
        The fenders were redesigned in 63 and 64 to accomodate the new grilles. So not without body work.
        Only change to the fenders I am aware of is the top, where the 63-64 fender spear lights go. In 62, there were no lights, so no slits cut into the fender. I just mounted the side grills on the 63 last weekend, and woulda bet 56-62 side grills would have fit like they were made for it. Musta missed something.
        As for the spears, a 63-64 would fit a 62 without modification, but a 62 would need the slit cut to use on a 63-64.
        Last edited by JoeHall; 07-23-2013, 06:23 AM.

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        • #5
          I did a similar change, putting '64 side grilles and hood on '56 fenders. No problem with the fenders, but the '56-62 hood is just enough different than the '63-64 it would take a talented body man and a lot of time and money to make them fit.
          PackardV8

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          • #6
            Have had a "62 and ,in comparison w/ my '63, the hood (@the side grills) was definitely a different shape - Would need side grills AND hood from a '62.
            Paul TK

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            • #7
              You also need a '63 Grille Shell to fit the '63 Hood.

              You can't even change the early '63 Parking Lights to the much better looking Late & '64 ones without some Mods or the correct side grille "Boxes", Grilles, Light housings and Lenses.
              StudeRich
              Second Generation Stude Driver,
              Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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              • #8
                Thanks to all for the replies, I have passed them on to my friend.
                John Clements
                Christchurch, New Zealand

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                • #9
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                  I am doing a '56GH and wanted to use the '63 side grills. I have a very badly damaged '56 hood, flipped up and tore off the hinges and creased the center of the hood, the grill opening was also damaged. I figured I had nothing to lose in trying to modify it. I repaired the hinge brackets and hood corners. I then modified the grill area on a '57 hood and grafted it to the '56 hood. I cut out sections of a damaged '56 grill and installed the sections in the '63 side grills. I really like the look of the finished job.
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                  • #10
                    Yes that IS a good look! I like that you have the center portion of a '56-'61 Grille Mesh a few inches from the inboard ends of your side grille to "bend" it in to the rear. That really IS different.

                    StudeRich
                    Second Generation Stude Driver,
                    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                    • #11
                      Very creative. good on you. Finish it out nice. cheers jimmijim
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