Early on in this project Rudy & I had a conversation about grille selection. Now-a-days everyone runs a 1933 or 1934 Ford grille it seems, and with good reason - they look awesome! To me, a '33 Ford grille screams "hot rod" nearly as loudly as chrome hairpins do but the problem is, a vintage '33 grille in good shape will set you back about $2,000.
I scoured eBay for a month or so looking for a '33 or '34 grille & wasn't having much luck. Around this time I found a nice 1935 Ford passenger grille in good condition & I bought it. Imagine Rudy's surprise when I showed up at Fullerton Fabrication & explained that the '35 grille might be preferable to the '33 or '34 given this is a 1935 Ford pickup build. Rudy agreed in principle, we stored the grille upstairs for another day & moved onto other projects.
Only recently did Rudy & I talk about the grille again. Neither he nor I have seen a '35 grille on this style of truck before & we agreed it might be neat to give the project some unique character. As Rudy noted, "it'll be hero or zero" and the modifications began.
Though Rudy has only completed the preliminary fabrication work, in my humble opinion the results thus far look awesome. By the time Rudy is done this grille will look like it came from the factory purpose built for this truck. My hope is that people will see the grille in its finished form, stop & look at the subtle modifications & appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into its design.