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whats this grille?
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:36 PM

The grille in this car. it's not the standard grille for 46~48 fords. anyone know what it is and where can i get one in 1/25 scale? i'm actually building the white version, which has the same style grille.
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Posted by helipilot16 on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:45 PM
At first I thought it was a Mercury, but on second thought I think it is a custom grille using vertical bars. The top bar might be a stock 46-48 one chromed.

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Posted by FreightTrain on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:51 PM
Interesting...looks like the car from that movie, Grease? but painted in a different color..The car is a '40 Ford I believe thats had some serious body work done to it. The grille did look like some Buick but whatever it is, its not nothing thats stock and its custom made. Strange one there! Clown

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 10:01 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by helipilot16

At first I thought it was a Mercury, but on second thought I think it is a custom grille using vertical bars. The top bar might be a stock 46-48 one chromed.


Other than flat out butt ugly, I think you've hit it on the head Helipilot!
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Posted by Bucky on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 10:21 PM
It kinda looks like a late '40s DeSoto grill. They were rather toothy.

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Posted by helipilot16 on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 10:48 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Bucky

It kinda looks like a late '40s DeSoto grill. They were rather toothy.


The Desoto grille, which was popular to use in '49-51 Mercs, was completely different. The "teeth" were bowed out in the middle.

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Posted by helipilot16 on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 10:51 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by jeff01

Interesting...looks like the car from that movie, Grease? but painted in a different color..The car is a '40 Ford I believe thats had some serious body work done to it. The grille did look like some Buick but whatever it is, its not nothing thats stock and its custom made. Strange one there! Clown

Jeff


The car is a 46-48 Ford. It is double ugly,

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Posted by blizzy63 on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 11:13 PM
I really [disliked] that movie! Talk about faux-'50s. Cars never looked like that and the '50s were never like that.
If you really want to mislead a youngster, play him that movie and say 'that's the way it was like in the '50s.'
'70s dreck!
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Posted by FreightTrain on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 11:21 PM
Really! That movie sure was a stupid one. Never made any sense to me! A real great movie like American Graffitti makes up for all those other stupid ones! Big Smile

I agree Colonel, I wouldn't be caught dead in that one! LOL. Big Smile

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Posted by hot ford coupe on Thursday, August 23, 2007 1:11 AM
The white Greased Lightning was a 42 Ford.


This is the front end of a 42 Ford mild custom that was sold on an online dealer. (Please forgive me for not remembering the owner's name. It's not my own pic.)

The red Greased Lightning is a 1940's something Atrocity. I don't want to put up a picture of that. It's too ugly.
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Posted by bugace on Thursday, August 23, 2007 1:29 AM
They might not be right, but then I belive this movie was a satire as well, putting everything on a edge. But anyway, wow, Olivia Newton John. Maybe she'll arrive in bigscale figure on day.
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Posted by zodc on Thursday, August 23, 2007 3:04 AM
C'mon, it was a musical for goodness sake. Olivia Newton John made it that more dreamy... The movie Outsiders on the other hand, that was a bit closer to reality I think. Well, maybe in a social way... ah, Movies!
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Posted by Cycolac Fan on Thursday, August 23, 2007 6:27 AM
"We'll get some purple frenched tailights and 30 inch fins, oh yeah..."

I've always heard that Greased Lightning and White Lightning were based on the exact same car a '47 Ford that was shown as a junker, as bought, then converted into White Lightning.
Then back into a junker for the conversion in Greased Lightning.

The work was done by a big name customiser (memory suggests either Dick Dean or Dean Jefferies...?) who also built two Hells Chariots for the bad guys out of a 49 and a 50 Mercury coupe with the tops sliced off.
Whoever it was also built and supplied all the 50s background cars and did the lot in 28 days.

Aussiemuscle: the Greased lightning car was available in 1/25 resin about 10-15 years ago though finding one might not be easy.

I'd echo the posts above that the grille is probably custom built

As a start on the clear bonnet (hood) you may be able to adapt the clear custom one from the AMT '37 Chevy
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Posted by BigTallDad on Thursday, August 23, 2007 7:34 AM
The 46-48 Fords had horizontal bars in the grille

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, August 23, 2007 8:02 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Cycolac Fan

"We'll get some purple frenched tailights and 30 inch fins, oh yeah..."

I've always heard that Greased Lightning and White Lightning were based on the exact same car a '47 Ford that was shown as a junker, as bought, then converted into White Lightning.
Then back into a junker for the conversion in Greased Lightning.

The work was done by a big name customiser (memory suggests either Dick Dean or Dean Jefferies...?) who also built two Hells Chariots for the bad guys out of a 49 and a 50 Mercury coupe with the tops sliced off.
Whoever it was also built and supplied all the 50s background cars and did the lot in 28 days.

Aussiemuscle: the Greased lightning car was available in 1/25 resin about 10-15 years ago though finding one might not be easy.

I'd echo the posts above that the grille is probably custom built

As a start on the clear bonnet (hood) you may be able to adapt the clear custom one from the AMT '37 Chevy


Eddie Paul built the Greased Lightning, Merc, and background cars, though other customizers seem to have gotten credit over the years...

I'd like to build the white version of it some day, but I never cared all that much for its later incarnation. I think you're right about them being the same car, since you can still find all kinds of photos of Greased Lightning, but absolutely nothing on White Lightning.
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Posted by Hemizach on Thursday, August 23, 2007 8:32 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by jeff01

Really! That movie sure was a stupid one. Never made any sense to me! A real great movie like American Graffitti makes up for all those other stupid ones! Big Smile

I agree Colonel, I wouldn't be caught dead in that one! LOL. Big Smile

Jeff

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Posted by Cycolac Fan on Thursday, August 23, 2007 9:38 AM
Eddie Paul !! Thanks spencer that sounds right.
Everything else I said was true - just couldn't remember the correct name of the guy.

A book I read years ago (Star Cars by Beki Adams) said there were both based on the one car hence why the white car isn't around anymore.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, August 23, 2007 10:20 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Hemizach
American Graffitti is the best movie I have ever watched in my entire life with my passion of cars....and DONT try to argue with me....mwahahahaha


Of course I can't argue with you - as far as I know, that could be the only movie you've watched! Big Smile

Too bad that the White Lightning is gone forever, though. I should look around to see if anyone got more photos of it before its final conversion.
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Posted by helipilot16 on Thursday, August 23, 2007 10:28 AM
The 42 custom used a 46-48 Mercury grille. Only the top bar of a 46-48 Ford is used on the atrocity. The rest is custom made.

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Posted by Raydee53 on Thursday, August 23, 2007 4:51 PM
I liked the Scorpions Flamed Merc. When I was young,My then teenage sisters were in love with John Travolta so they watched that movie over and over again,hahaha.So I got sick of that movie pretty quick.
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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, August 23, 2007 5:53 PM
thanks for the suggestions but note i'm not building greased lightning, but white lightning, which i will base on the revell 48 ford convertable (looks like "hotfordcoupe" was correct with the 42) which is close enough. i couldnt' find any pix of the white online (owned by disney) so i got my own screen capture...

as you can see it has the same vertical bars in the toothy grille as the greased lightning. There is plenty of greased diecasts available, so it wouldn't be worthwhile scratchbuilding one.
I'm surprise many of you hate the movie... although i don't like it much myself, but Olivia sure was nice).

i did a google image search on various years of fords, mercuries, lincolns, etc but didn't find anything that looked right.
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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Thursday, August 23, 2007 6:06 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by helipilot16

The 42 custom used a 46-48 Mercury grille.

really? i guess i'll have to scratchbuild it myself, darn.

FYI
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Posted by helipilot16 on Thursday, August 23, 2007 6:53 PM
Remember I wasn't talking about the "lightning" thingie when i said that . It uses the stock top bar off a 46-48 Ford and custom "teeth"

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Posted by blizzy63 on Thursday, August 23, 2007 11:36 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by spencer1984

Too bad that the White Lightning is gone forever, though...


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Posted by rlwheels on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 2:26 PM
It's a 1947 Mercury (stock).
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Posted by OldTallDad on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 6:43 PM

Gee, thanks for replying to an 11 year old post.

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