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Gerald MacPherson

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41 Grill restoration
« on: February 15, 2009, 02:52:33 AM »
The front grill of my 41 convertible coupe seems to be looking pretty good from a distance, so I wanted to clean it up.  The horizonal pieces still have a nice chrome and polished stainless look (although there is pitting and pimples), but the vertical slats look rusted and pretty well corroded.  I can;t tell if these were originally stainless and someone has chromed over them as the sides of the slats have some rust and they are pretty corroded.  How are they supposed to be finished ?  Maybe someone has a NOS grill they want to part with ?  (Smiley with red ears) Gerald MacPherson

Offline Doug Houston

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Re: 41 Grill restoration
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2009, 05:51:48 PM »
The verticals on the grille were chromium plated steel.  I've had a couple of  sets of them replated, and they turned out fine, but they're a stinker to keep polished and preserved. Sure, that was about 40 years ago, but just the same, you just can't keep them looking perfect.

My recommendation is to get a set of them in Stainless steel from Mc Vey.  I have a total of four '41 Cadillacs, and they will all have Mc Vey's verticals eventually. I think a set is less than 300 bucks.

One other thing, on the subject of Mc Vey. I bought a set of the fender spears from them (all except 60S), and I was overwhelmed at how perfect they are. The original ones could never have been better!

Finding a NOS grille?  That's the stuff that dreams are made of. If your grille base (the die cast part) is anything near nice, keep it polished, and let well enough alone. Otherwise, prepare to throw a few thousand smackers at it, and there is no guarantee that it'll be perfect.
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Gerald MacPherson

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Re: 41 Grill restoration
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2009, 05:02:48 AM »
Thanks alot Doug.  I'll check with McVey !  All best, Mac

 

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