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Old 03-01-2021, 12:22 AM   #1
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who can tell me the grill bar spaceing on an original 32 car grill ive read everything from 1/4" to 1/2" on the net who has a real one they can lay a tape on
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Old 03-01-2021, 03:45 AM   #2
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1/4" between each of the bars
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:04 AM   #3
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who can tell me the grill bar spaceing on an original 32 car grill ive read everything from 1/4" to 1/2" on the net who has a real one they can lay a tape on
No way 1/2". That's too far apart.
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Old 03-01-2021, 09:57 AM   #4
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Is there any way one measurement is between the bars and one is center to center?
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I have a mint, '32 insert that has the original gray paint on it and the centerline distance between each bar is 3/8". That's the centerline distance from one of the folded steel vertical bars to the one next to it.
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There were different manufacturers also. Some have little wedges at the bottom spreading the bars to hold them, some are all integral. DavidG will probably chime in here.
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Old 03-01-2021, 01:18 PM   #7
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No can do at the present time as I am far away from my indoor junkyard, but notwithstanding, I would not use the grill bar spacing as a way to distinguish an original from a reproduction as I think it highly likely that at least one of the reproductions has the same spacing as one of the original versions. Far better to look at how the bars are inserted into the inner perimeter and the construction of that inner perimeter which varies by the original manufacturing source. I doubt if any of the reproductions are exactly the same as either of the original versions common in the U.S. in the construction of that inner perimeter.
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No can do at the present time as I am far away from my indoor junkyard, but notwithstanding, I would not use the grill bar spacing as a way to distinguish an original from a reproduction as I think it highly likely that at least one of the reproductions has the same spacing as one of the original versions. Far better to look at how the bars are inserted into the inner perimeter and the construction of that inner perimeter which varies by the original manufacturing source. I doubt if any of the reproductions are exactly the same as either of the original versions common in the U.S. in the construction of that inner perimeter.
who said anything about useing the spaceing to distinguish original from repro?

thanks anyways
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Old 03-01-2021, 02:27 PM   #9
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Pardon me for trying to be of assistance.

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Old 03-01-2021, 03:31 PM   #10
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Thanks David, I always pickup something new in everyone of your post....and even though you verified my extra original insert.....Thanks for everything you share!!!!
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A bit harsh ??? Wooooow Some additional FREE info just to cover the base, Brakes On, Skid marks, nope, nothing doing. Did you get your fingers back fast enough
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No can do at the present time as I am far away from my indoor junkyard, but notwithstanding, I would not use the grill bar spacing as a way to distinguish an original from a reproduction as I think it highly likely that at least one of the reproductions has the same spacing as one of the original versions. Far better to look at how the bars are inserted into the inner perimeter and the construction of that inner perimeter which varies by the original manufacturing source. I doubt if any of the reproductions are exactly the same as either of the original versions common in the U.S. in the construction of that inner perimeter.

Thanks David, most helpful - as always super to learn something new from you.
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Old 03-04-2021, 07:37 AM   #13
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Original stampings from Ford should all be the same, it's that aftermarket grilles (of the old day) that vary widely.


And David is right and has a valid point. unlike others who missed the gist of the answer.
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David, I can assure you that most all of us who post, or just read posts here, appreciate your in-depth knowledge on these early Ford V-8'S, especially the '32's, plus we appreciate your willingness to readily share your knowledge with us.
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Iíll second what Mike says. John.
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Old 03-08-2021, 05:06 PM   #16
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Closest repro insert I have seen to an original to date are the ones manufactured by Dales in OKC. It's unfortunate no one picked up the torch after he left us. They always fit good in original shells. I have used quite a few in the past and am fortunate to have one left for a current project. Recently sold another to a friend. I need to check out the inserts from United Pacific.
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The mint, original, grill shell and insert that is hanging on my garage wall hasn't changed, still 3/8" center to center.
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Old 03-08-2021, 11:55 PM   #18
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who said anything about useing the spaceing to distinguish original from repro?

thanks anyways
David might of miss read the Question,
David G is pretty much the 1932 Guy ,
Not to much he has not see on 32s.
His book is the most to identify how Ford did it. I have talk to Dave a few times on the phone he always has took the time to talk with me, & I have shared different details that I've spotted. thanks David G

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