Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Late V8 (1954+)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-25-2021, 02:30 PM   #1
Lamar Wadsworth
Senior Member
 
Lamar Wadsworth's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 135
Default Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

I love the pictures I've seen of the Canadian '55 Ford grille which was also used on the Aussie Fords up through '58 that looked like a '55. How hard is it to find one of those grilles (of maybe just the center piece is all I need if it bolts to a regular '55 grille) and what is a fair price to pay for a decent driver quality one (doesn't have to be perfect).
Lamar Wadsworth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 03:54 PM   #2
mercman from oz
Senior Member
 
mercman from oz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 5,577
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

Our Aussie 55 Fords had the standard 1955 Ford Grille.
For the updated 1956 Fords, Ford Australia used the revised 1956 Ford Grille.
For some reason, Ford Australia decided that they would not release the all new 1957 Fords, so locally, the 1956 Fairlane side trim was used on Australian 1957 Fords together with the 1956 Grille that now included a large V8 Badge.
As the USA 1958 Fords were a revised version of the 1957 Fords, Ford Australia once again decided to use the 1955-1956 Ford body for their updated 1958 models.
So that the car appeared fresh, the Grille from the Canadian 1955 Meteor was used together with the side trim from the Canadian 1955 Meteor.
To answer your question, only our local 1958 Ford used the Canadian 1955 Meteor Grille.
I hope that this all makes sense?
mercman from oz is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 02-25-2021, 04:13 PM   #3
parklane
Senior Member
 
parklane's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: St.Thomas, ON Canada
Posts: 597
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

Not sure about the 55, but the 56 Meteor is different than the Ford grille, not just the V. I have most parts for a 56, the park lights, and everything else is different. They are not cheap, as there are not many to be found.
__________________
If brains were wire, some couldn't short circuit a firefly

Last edited by parklane; 02-25-2021 at 04:20 PM.
parklane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 04:21 PM   #4
mercman from oz
Senior Member
 
mercman from oz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 5,577
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford


This is the Cover of the Australian Ford Sales Brochure for the 1958 Fords. They came in two models, the regular Ford Customline, (Brown & Cream car in background) and the Fordomatic, (Tri-colour car in foreground).
The Customline came as a Manual Transmission while the Fordomatic came with Automatic Transmissions.
This was the only model that used the Canadian 1955 Meteor Grille.
In 1959, Ford Australia once again offered what was the current model in the USA, but like in 1957 and 1958, this true 1959 model once again was carried over into 1960 and 1961 with subtle updates, but that is another story.
mercman from oz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 05:11 PM   #5
mercman from oz
Senior Member
 
mercman from oz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 5,577
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford


Here is a picture of the 1957 Ford Customline from the Ford Australia Sales Brochure. While this car has the side trim of a 1956 Ford Fairlane, you can see the Customline Script on the front fenders. Also note that the Headlight Rims are Chrome Plated. Full Wheel Covers were never available locally and all came with the small Hubcaps.
So folks, while you may this that this is a 1956 Ford Fairlane, it is actually an Australian 1957 Ford Customline.
mercman from oz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 05:18 PM   #6
5851a
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: NE Iowa
Posts: 985
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
A friend had a 56 Mercury Meteor grill on his 56 Victoria, they look bettor without the big star hanging from the hood in the center. My mistake, didn't know they were not call Mercury. My friend always just said it was a Canadian grill. Thanks for the picture Mercman.

Last edited by 5851a; 02-26-2021 at 10:21 AM.
5851a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 05:37 PM   #7
mercman from oz
Senior Member
 
mercman from oz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 5,577
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford


This is the Grille for the 1956 Meteor. They do look a bit over the top?
By the way, these cars were never call Mercury Meteor, just plain Meteor.
mercman from oz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 06:06 PM   #8
darrell
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: p.e.i.
Posts: 918
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

the canadian 55 ford grill is the same as american cars.
darrell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 08:01 PM   #9
mercman from oz
Senior Member
 
mercman from oz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 5,577
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford



darrell, you are 100% correct, however, the Canadian 1955 Ford Grille was exactly the same as the USA 1955 Fords.
However, for the Meteor, which was sold at Mercury Dealerships had a slightly different Grille, as you can see in the above picture. They still retained the round Parking Lights, the same as all 1955 Fords.
mercman from oz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 09:47 PM   #10
darrell
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: p.e.i.
Posts: 918
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

yes ive owned 4 56 meteors.however one thing they are not is mercury meteors just meteors.the mercury meteor didnt come along till the 60s.
darrell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 09:53 PM   #11
CrownVic55
Senior Member
 
CrownVic55's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Collinsville, OK
Posts: 142
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

Mercman you seem to have pictures of everything, could you load some pictures of starter location, clutch and shift levers of Aussie cars. Wondering how they got around starter and clutch locations.
Thanks,
Ben
CrownVic55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 10:06 PM   #12
mercman from oz
Senior Member
 
mercman from oz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 5,577
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford



CrownVic55, is this picture useful to you?
1957 Ford Customline showing the Engine, Transmission and Clutch/Brake Pedals.
This is a Page from the Ford Australia Sales Brochure.
This is the best that I can do.
mercman from oz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 10:54 PM   #13
Herman Munster
Senior Member
 
Herman Munster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: SW WA state.
Posts: 549
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

Quote:
Originally Posted by mercman from oz View Post


CrownVic55, is this picture useful to you?
1957 Ford Customline showing the Engine, Transmission and Clutch/Brake Pedals.
This is a Page from the Ford Australia Sales Brochure.
This is the best that I can do.

I always wondered how the transmission linkage was routed on a RHD but even that doesn't show it all that well.
__________________
1956 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan 292 V8 with Ford-o-Matic
Herman Munster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 10:57 PM   #14
Herman Munster
Senior Member
 
Herman Munster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: SW WA state.
Posts: 549
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

1955 Canadian Fords
http://www.oldcarscanada.com/2011/01/1955-ford.html
__________________
1956 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan 292 V8 with Ford-o-Matic
Herman Munster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2021, 11:58 PM   #15
darrell
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: p.e.i.
Posts: 918
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

mercman i see you already covered the fact they were called meteors not mercury meteors.missed that.you see them for sale all the time as mercury meteors.
darrell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2021, 06:45 AM   #16
Lamar Wadsworth
Senior Member
 
Lamar Wadsworth's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 135
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

That '55 Meteor grille is what I want.
Lamar Wadsworth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2021, 04:42 PM   #17
mercman from oz
Senior Member
 
mercman from oz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 5,577
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford



Australian 1958 Ford Fordomatic showing the 1955 Meteor Grille that was used on this model in Australia.
Regarding the 59 in the Licence Plate, just for the record, all new cars released in Australia were released in the first half of the year and into the next year.
That means that in early 1959, this was the current model, and technically, this car could have been produced in 1959, the 59 on the Licence Plate. The CUS stands for Customline.
mercman from oz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2021, 05:54 AM   #18
Stiggy
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Oamaru New Zealand
Posts: 10
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

Quote Herman Munster;1989567. I always wondered how the transmission linkage was routed on a RHD but even that doesn't show it all that well.
Hi Herman,
I've got a trans shifter linkage for a manual with RHD. The clutch levers are an almost identical mirror image of a LHD. Re the starter motor ~ yes, you can still remove them.. takes a bit of jiggling but you can get them out.
A mate had a `57 LHD 6 cyl Customline. He wanted to put a 272 in it but couldn't get a LHD bell housing. He had a RHD one and I noticed that it had markings of where the clutch lever would be for a LHD and suggested that he cut it out and shift the clutch fork pivot. He did this ~ problem solved!! I've taken a photo of the "remote" gear shift linkage ~ it bolts to the bottom of the gearbox. I couldn't get photo to load.. I'll try it tomorrow.. Stiggy

Last edited by Stiggy; 03-01-2021 at 06:03 AM.
Stiggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2021, 05:36 PM   #19
Stiggy
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Oamaru New Zealand
Posts: 10
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford

Here's a photo of the "remote" gear shift linkage..
Attached Images
File Type: jpg P1010342 (1).JPG (90.5 KB, 45 views)
Stiggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2021, 05:41 PM   #20
mercman from oz
Senior Member
 
mercman from oz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 5,577
Default Re: Canadian and Australian grille for '55 Ford


Thanks Stiggy for the photo of the "remote" gear shift linkage.
Here it is enlarged for everyone to see.
mercman from oz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:45 PM.