I was not sure about the script. Looks great with, and very clean without. Customer likes it, so it stayed!
no inserts, just blacked the whole thing out and removed where i wanted to see bright-work
I swing in from time to time because I have always loved this era Caddys. This one was supposed to be mine, but a customer saw it the day I brought it home (still a basket case on the trailer) and fell in love with it. Well, the customer is always right, and made the right offer and promised a "blank check" build (my favorite kind).
I'm glad this is getting such great attention. I wasn't sure how well it would be accepted here, seems like most people on this site are trying to stay original.
Original is good. But sometimes customization is better. Your custom grill tops most I seen.
And I think most of us has cars that are not 100% original. In 50+ years there has been some improvement of stuff. Ignition, carburetors, fuel-systems, brakes and so on. So why not this? It really improves the look.
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I wish I had taken more photos of the process to go with a write up of the procedure. Unfortunately, I do not have another 63 grill to duplicate
Paul, I simply painted the whole grill with self etching black epoxy. Then, used a sanding block with fine sand paper to remove the paint from the raised horizontal bars exposing and refreshing the aluminum. I then clear coated the entire thing to keep the aluminum from oxidizing. This was an alternative to having the grill restored, which was estimated at $3000-5000 to re-anodize. I drew the idea from the corner lamps only having horizontal "floating" bars.
It would take some extreme modification, but anything can be done given enough time and money!