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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?
I may have one, lol.
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I took mine off in 1977 when I was 16. Thought they looked old and were certainly not cool, lol. Even today I still think they take away from the look of the front of the car.

On the other hand, while I also thought the rear guards looked "old man-ish" when I was a teenager, and promptly removed them in 78 when the car was painted red, I have come to appreciate the look of the rear guards and have since reinstalled them on my car.
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You are entirely too kind!
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