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    I received a very nice Christmas present via UPS yesterday. I got an ignition switch WITH a key for a PG and a grill insert from a 58 D800 truck. These are different from the other grills and only used on the 58-59 D700-900 trucks. I'm sure the designers of the late model Dodge pickups we all love used these grills as a basis for the cross hair grills. Here is a picture of a restored 58 tractor with a chrome grill like the one I received. I would love to chrome the same parts on Stubby but I will clean and paint this one for now. A big THANKS to Santa Steve in California for finding this piece. Can't wait to see how it looks on Stubby. Merry Christmas everyone.
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    Ron in Indiana

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    Not Naughty

    I'm guessing you were a good boy?
    Bruce
    aka;M-37Bruce
    1953 Dodge M-37 W/oW
    Dept. of the Navy 1/23/53
    1949 8N
    2005 Dodge Ram
    "Big Red"
    MVPA/VMVA

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bruce View Post
      I'm guessing you were a good boy?
      Let's just say I haven't been caught LOL.
      Ron in Indiana

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ron in Indiana View Post
        I received a very nice Christmas present via UPS yesterday. I got an ignition switch WITH a key for a PG and a grill insert from a 58 D800 truck. These are different from the other grills and only used on the 58-59 D700-900 trucks. I'm sure the designers of the late model Dodge pickups we all love used these grills as a basis for the cross hair grills. Here is a picture of a restored 58 tractor with a chrome grill like the one I received. I would love to chrome the same parts on Stubby but I will clean and paint this one for now. A big THANKS to Santa Steve in California for finding this piece. Can't wait to see how it looks on Stubby. Merry Christmas everyone.
        That is a beautiful truck. I notice another Dodge along side of it. Where was this photo taken?
        Power Wagon Advertiser monthly magazine, editor & publisher.


        Why is it that the inside of old truck cabs smell so good?

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        • #5
          It was an all truck show and the picture was sent to me. I believe it came from Todd Wilson in Kansas. Yes it is a beautiful truck as is the Sweptline beside belonging to the same owner. There is just something about that style grill that I love. I can only imagine what the chrome would cost to do all that. I do want to have my header on the hood of mine rechromed.
          Ron in Indiana

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          • #6
            Pretty Nice

            Paint scheme to boot! Almost Christmasy?
            Bruce
            aka;M-37Bruce
            1953 Dodge M-37 W/oW
            Dept. of the Navy 1/23/53
            1949 8N
            2005 Dodge Ram
            "Big Red"
            MVPA/VMVA

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            • #7


              That should look great on Stub........I always liked those grills too....

              How about powder coat?....they have a chrome powder.....alot cheaper and some have stated that it looks alot like chrome too.... just a thought......

              Merry Christmas to all..................

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              • #8
                sturdy

                those are some sturdy looking mirrors.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 74w300uteline View Post
                  those are some sturdy looking mirrors.
                  Yeah I'm thinking a set of those on the crew cab. Of course I'll have to reinforce the doors to hang them.
                  Ron in Indiana

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                  • #10
                    grill

                    Congratulations Ron, that's a sweet looking grill

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Darryl. It had some "work" done to it in the past but I ground off the old bondo and worked it back into shape on the nose. As soon as I can warm up the shop I'll finish it. Nothing wrong with the stock 59 grill as it is but this one has an attitude I like.
                      Ron in Indiana

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ron in Indiana View Post
                        Thanks Darryl. It had some "work" done to it in the past but I ground off the old bondo and worked it back into shape on the nose. As soon as I can warm up the shop I'll finish it. Nothing wrong with the stock 59 grill as it is but this one has an attitude I like.
                        Good luck warming up the shop Ron. Yours is a lot bigger than mine and it takes all day to warm mine up. I only wish I could get it warm enough to paint in.
                        Awsome looking grill. Have you used any chrome shops around here before and if so where are they? I have parts from the 68 GTS Dart that need chrome.

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                        • #13
                          Bob, this one would require a lot of work and $$$$ to get it to chrome. I'm going to paint mine SandDune white like the rest of the trim. I don't know of any shops that do chrome in Ft Wayne but somebody must do it. I can close off the front part of the shop and have it warm with a salamander in no time. Still costs $$ to heat. If and it's a big IF I could get you into a paint booth on a weekend would you be up for it? I'll see if I still have some pull. The wife really wants "her" Dart. haha.
                          Ron in Indiana

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ron in Indiana View Post
                            Bob, this one would require a lot of work and $$$$ to get it to chrome. I'm going to paint mine SandDune white like the rest of the trim. I don't know of any shops that do chrome in Ft Wayne but somebody must do it. I can close off the front part of the shop and have it warm with a salamander in no time. Still costs $$ to heat. If and it's a big IF I could get you into a paint booth on a weekend would you be up for it? I'll see if I still have some pull. The wife really wants "her" Dart. haha.
                            It dont matter if its chromed or not, it will make a great addition to the front end. I still have a little sandblasting to do on the cab before I paint so this weather is really a big factor for me.
                            Tell Pam i'm a few years away on the Dart, but as soon as its done she can park that bus over here and take it for a spin.

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                            • #15
                              I think that grill is the one I'll have to get for my 61 town wagon

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