is this the same Josh Mills who built the '35 Ford custom featured in the January '11 R&C?
Yup. He recently finished this restoration too, the Quincy's Auto Supply cabriolet, originally featured in the early '60s in Rod &Custom
looks good. what's conventional wisdom regarding grille height in relationship to the cowl? even, lower, higher, don't matter?
Mills favored keeping the full-height '32 grille shell, partially to allow the maximum height radiator (as the car runs a period 4-blade engine driven fan, with no shroud). With the top of the cowl on, many hours were spent sighting and photographing the car from several angles, while subtly adjusting the height of the top of the grille shell. It doesn't look so tall when the top of the painted cowl is installed, and actually, the line from the cowl front to the top of the grille-shell is parallel to the frame rails, when viewed from the side.
Frankly, if it had been my call, i would have chopped the shell 1.5 or 2", but the car is stunning as-is when you actually see it, and the grille looks right. To my eye though, the grille shells look better if they're slightly lower than the cowl, but it's a very subjective thing, and you have to move around the car and look at it from different sight lines. Chopping the shells can result in a 'monkey-face' look if they're cut too much, too. Beauty is often in subtlety...which is why some rods are gorgeous, just right, and some are just plain dorky looking.
Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 04 April 2013 - 05:01 PM.