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Vintage 57 Grill Bar Repair Kit

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Some of you have seen my car at the nationals and may not have noticed that my grill bar is not quite like a 57 grill bar. The reason for the slightly different look is that I installed an old school repair part that was made by Gem Manufacturing and sold through various auto parts places back in the day. It is an entire panel that installs over the grill bar.

back in the day, you would get backed into, or you would bump something, and you either broke the plastic emblem, or broke the emblem and the lower part of the bar where the emblem fit. So when the later happened you bought one of these panels and installed it over the stock grill bar.

Early versions had the bow tie but that did not last long. Most got a rectangle.

Here is my grill bar with the panel installed.

There was also another version of the panel that incorporated a V in the design.

Then there was a pot metal insert that you could purchase that replaced just the broken emblem. I saw a photo of one many many years ago, probably in the late 70s, but never saw one in person. Well last week one popped up on eBay. NOS in the original box. The price was right so I could not resist. Here is the rarely seen pot metal replacement emblem.



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You must have some crazy search made to locate these stupidly rare parts........LOL

So now what are you going to do, buy a nice used unbroken grill bar so you can install that NOS(R) emblem?
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Have seen the stamped repair piece before and "almost" bought one at a swap meet a few years ago. Kinda regret that I let it pass now days. It was in really nice shape and makes a decent looking repair if one has grill bar damage. As for the " V " emblem insert, never seen one of those before at all. Really a different look for a 57 front grill piece.
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You must have some crazy search made to locate these stupidly rare parts........LOL

So now what are you going to do, buy a nice used unbroken grill bar so you can install that NOS(R) emblem?
I may have one, lol.
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Now look what ya did Mike, Let the cat out of the bag!!! Now when I go to car shows I will be lookin at all the "57 grills. Like I didn't have enough to do already.!!! LOL Never noticed that on yours. They really got damaged, I figured the bumper would have protected the grill bar. Interesting.
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I also have the grill bar repair kit on my grill bar, had it re-chromed but did not have the red, white & blue colors painted on yet, they are a talking point and not seen often, I chose to keep mine on the car instead of purchasing a new grill bar.
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Some of you have seen my car at the nationals and may not have noticed that my grill bar is not quite like a 57 grill bar. The reason for the slightly different look is that I installed an old school repair part that was made by Gem Manufacturing and sold through various auto parts places back in the day. It is an entire panel that installs over the grill bar.

back in the day, you would get backed into, or you would bump something, and you either broke the plastic emblem, or broke the emblem and the lower part of the bar where the emblem fit. So when the later happened you bought one of these panels and installed it over the stock grill bar.

Early versions had the bow tie but that did not last long. Most got a rectangle.

Here is my grill bar with the panel installed.
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There was also another version of the panel that incorporated a V in the design.

Then there was a pot metal insert that you could purchase that replaced just the broken emblem. I saw a photo of one many many years ago, probably in the late 70s, but never saw one in person. Well last week one popped up on eBay. NOS in the original box. The price was right so I could not resist. Here is the rarely seen pot metal replacement emblem.
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I've had 3-57 Chevys, every single one, all had broken grill bars, this one is being held together by JB weld and some sheet metal.
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Just when I thought (stupidity on my part lol) that I knew everything about trifive's this shows up and I learned something new again.
Thanks for posting 👍
Todd
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There was a time when you rarely saw a '57 with an intact grille bar. And if it was intact, the emblem would most likely be faded out. I remember before the reproduction parts started coming out, we might buy a whole 4dr sedan for its grille, haha. I saw lots of these metal "repair" centers, but the replacement emblem only that you show? I don't think I ever saw one before.
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