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Post by dragons_lair59 on Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:18 am

Is it me or did they keep the (imo)good grille from 74 on the whole run? Also was there lots produced or kind od a hens tooth like deal finding them?And im sure finding an sp is even rarer

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Post by dragons_lair59 on Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:30 am

like this
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Post by jtenn on Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:34 pm

I've vin 5d80l4z5oooo3 for '74.
Far as I know the pictured grille is a '74 Sprint SP in either a '76 or '77 Sprint or El Camino.
'74s had that grille with either SP or Sprint emblem.
'75s had GMC embossed as a part of grille casting top front center with ten sections (9 separations,) vertically as you look at the grille. No horizontal bars.
'76 & '77 can't say for sure.

Mine I bought after a superficial resto. in '88 with a Chevelle grille. Daughter crashed that a decade ago. I replaced it with a now sitting in a corner '75 grille.
Bought a '74 "by Chevrolet" Malibu grille on eBay with GMC, 3 separate letters which don't work though they look as above and Sprint emblem for center far left where SP is above. "Made" it fit.

I guess we can do what we wish when in doubt with this old girls. Just so they stay in one piece...
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Post by pila on Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:39 am

My '74 Malibu as the stock die cast grille which I like, but they tried to save a buck in later years like my '77, Elco with the plastic grille & crappy anodized trim around it. I have an extra '74 grille, but it needs a re-chrome. What does the SP stand for ?? Sprint ?

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Post by dragons_lair59 on Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:08 pm

sp is gmcs ss group/package
and it is an sp ill be looking at

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Post by jtenn on Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:55 pm

The 74 Chevelle Malibu grille, imo, was beautiful. Very Mercedes but better for the period. It's what caught my eye about this Sprint 25 years ago, all apart in a field in Southern Oregon. After my daughter wrecked mine I looked far and wide for another. Settling on the 75. Not even close.
One I found will be installed soon. Picture to follow. It was re-chromed locally for $450. I think I was screwed on that one.
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Post by 77mali on Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:14 pm

Sam is that the car your looking at? I like it- good luck!

The "SP" must be a pretty rare bird.
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Post by dragons_lair59 on Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:21 pm

thats a pick i found on line they were made the full run waiting on the pics
77 being last yr of sprint

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Post by dynchel on Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:08 pm

It was re-chromed locally for $450. I think I was screwed on that one. [/quote] I have had nothing but bad luck getting stuff rechromed locally. On my other project I spent $1200.00 getting two bumpers done. Potmetal is a different story, the grille in question is potmetal, I've had misc potmetal pieces rechromed and never gotten satisfactory results ( ie pits, low spots showing through the chrome) and I tried three different chrome shops. It seems nobody spends any time on potmetal to properly repair the surface. ( I would assume places like advanced plating and pauls do but then you have the added expense to ship them) and I am sure pay dearly. Just my 2 cents.
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Post by dragons_lair59 on Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:37 pm

theres good chrome shops here but when i move back mid snow belt id have to ship

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Post by dragons_lair59 on Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:50 am

well after a week and a 1/2 of waiting for reply guy with sprint got back to me with "uh well i sold it a week ago" man he should pulled ad cause as of the other day it was still up rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggg

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