New (to me) grille

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  1. beerbelly

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    I was never happy with the grille that came on my car; it was pushed in & cracked in the center. But we all know the '64 & '65 grilles are like gold since they're not reproduced. I found a real cheap one locally, but it turned out to be beyond my capabilities to repair.

    A decent one popped up on ebay recently, with good photos, so I bought it. Cleaned it up and repainted the blacked out areas between the horizontal bars today. Overall it's much nicer than my old one, with no dents or cracks. However, it's not as shiny as my old one. Even so, it won't need any repair if I decide to have it re-anodized or chromed in the future.

    Old vs new-ish photos:

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  2. Kiwirancher

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    That looks really nice -- the grille on my 66 could do with a little work as well. I might see if an Aussie 67 or 68 one will fit . they look fairly similar. As you could guess the original would definitely be unobtanium [ to use a term I have learned on this site ! ] over here .
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    Denis, are your NZ cars Aussie or U.S. spec? Or NZ only?
     
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    Nice! I've got too many priorities, or I would have been bidding on it, too! The PO put a '65 grill on my '64, and I've always liked the '65 grill more.

    Joseph
     
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    My '64 with the '65 grill. The grill looks good from the outside, but the top surface is a bit bunged up.

    You can see my '67 work horse in the background. She gets stink-o gas mileage, but she can pull a house, and never complains.

    Joseph
     

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    Funny, I have a '64 grill on my '65 and I like the '64s better...I need to buff and repaint mine...more for the "Winter To Do" list.....
     
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    Yeah , I know -- still having no luck with the picture thing. Our new computer has windows 10 and it seems easy to resize but I tried yesterday to post a couple and still couldn't. Need grandson I think ! I imported my Ranchero from Ohio so it is US but any falcons here are Aussie spec . Usually a year or two behind you too ie Aussie 68's look like my US 66. Makes finding parts locally fun but interesting.
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    Looks great BB!always nice to have something a little better,I would like to replace my 67grille and headlight bezels but no repos available for my year either,I was surprised when I found a repo front bumper from metal direct f0r mine,fit perfectly,now if I could just find a rear bumper and tail light bezels.....
     
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    Hey, that dresses it up nicely !! :D
     
  11. Kiwirancher

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    Ranchero2+1.jpg Hi Guys -- looks like I finally figured the photo thing out ! Here is my 66 sitting on my front lawn in Gisborne , NZ. Denis
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    She's a beauty Denis.
     
  13. Kiwirancher

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    Thanks , I did get lucky when I bought it. I will post a few more pics now that I have figured things out.
    Denis.
     
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    Here's my grille - some pinstriping I had a mate do and my interior. I had a local upholsterer re-do the dash pad and I built the small console to house the guages and stereo. Engine turned the alloy myself !
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    That is one sharp car!

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