john hess

53 Pontiac grill question

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I have a question for anyone on a 53 grill. I was prefitting a spare grill on my 53 chieftain to align panels before going to the paint shop. What am I missing here? It looks like there should be a brace of some sort behind the top center piece but I don't see any corresponding holes on any of the black sheet metal. I can make one to attach to the radiator center support but I just wanted to ask everyone for input. Thanks in advance. John

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Have never seen that hole having a brace attach to it, that hole may have served a purpose during the manufacturing of the part.

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Thanks for the reply. The reason I thought there was something missing, was the speed nut that was attached to the hole. Guess it was just put there by mistake. Thanks again, John.   Happy Thanksgiving !

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Hi Charles. Now I'm confused. I have another center section of a 53 grill and it also has the speed nut in the same hole. What's your thoughts on this? Anyone else with a 53, I'd like to know if your grill has this. I might be a bit anal on this, but I'm trying to be as original as possible. Thanks. John

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i checked my rechromed and assembled 1953 pontiac grill, my grill has no speed nut there, just the hole made at the factory.

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also the 1954 master parts catalog exploded view of the 1953 grill shows nothing attached to the main grill bar.

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Charles, thanks again for you research. My rechromed parts also show no sign of this. Funny that 2 parts from 2 completely different venders had the same thing though. Hope you're not in the blizzard. I drive also, just local here in pa...... John

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