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Old 07-18-2018, 10:46 AM
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People always ask if their bumper or grill guard is original or aftermarket..

Here's a good example of a probable long-gone aftermarket company that provided bumpers and grill guards for our trucks. Took these pics from a facebook ad in South Dakota. From what I gather, this "Smash Hit" brand was pretty popular.





 
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Old 07-18-2018, 11:34 AM
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The one pictured is a factory option
grill guard . Price an extra $35.00 in 1948. May snag this in Oct if it is still there .
 
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Old 07-18-2018, 12:08 PM
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How about this one?
 
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How about this one?
Yes, that one is the grille guard offered as an option by Ford in 53 to 56. In 53 another smaller chrome guard was also offered. I'll try to get pics of them posted. You have a double bumper however. Perhaps for pushing vehicles.
 
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Interesting, thanks for taking a look.
 
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Awesome stuff. That first grill guard with the nice swoopy curvilinear lines is pretty cool. I think I've seen several that look like the factory option one. I've also seen many that were blatantly aftermarket or homemade.

When did rear bumpers become standard? I don't think it was until late 80's or 90's.
I've had numerous old truck with those rear bumpers that wrap around and bolt to the bedsides all the way up to the rear wheel opening.

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My truck, which was originally from Texas, came with a rear bumper just like the one in Doc's first post. It had the same "Smash Hit" tag on it.





It also had a grill guard that I assume was a "Smash Hit". I have since given the grill guard to Chuck.


 
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HistoryHunter revived an old thread about Smash Hits. See below. Good stuff!!
 
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Dave, that yard is a gold mine. Are you going to snag that tow hook? Anymore f350 emblems?
 
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A couple weeks ago pulled my push bar off the shelf & started cleaning it up. After many years of use it was bruised and rusty & I set it aside. I was not interested in spending a bunch to have it re-chromed so it got set aside. With lots of sweat & Mothers polish, it was as good as it was going to get, so we put it on the bumper today. Now I'm wondering why I didn't do it sooner. This was a Ford option original to the truck.


 
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That looks awesome! That style was offered in 1953 only. It was called the Light Duty grille guard. What Dave posted in post number 11 is the Heavy Duty grille guard. I will post pics of 1953 option pamphlet that shows both.
 
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A couple weeks ago pulled my push bar off the shelf & started cleaning it up. After many years of use it was bruised and rusty & I set it aside. I was not interested in spending a bunch to have it re-chromed so it got set aside. With lots of sweat & Mothers polish, it was as good as it was going to get, so we put it on the bumper today. Now I'm wondering why I didn't do it sooner. This was a Ford option original to the truck.

That is pretty awesome. As far as I'm concerned, if you entered that truck in one of those high-fluting concours d elegance contests, the judges would be completely wrong if they deducted for those battle scars.

 
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