Between 1947-1953 the Chevrolet 1/2, 3/4, and 1 ton grilles were made from the same tooling. However, the paint colors and some with chrome plating made a difference. For the perfectionist, the following data will help you build a correct grille during your restoration.
The standard grille has inner and outer bars the body color. Horizontally, a pin stripe is run on the edge of the five outer bars. It is the same color as the cab stripe.
1949 to Mid 1951
Standard grilles have outer bars the body color without a horizontal stripe. The inner back splash bars are Waldorf white.
Mid 1951-1953 (Korean War Years)
Outer bars on standard grilles are the body color as prior years. The back splash color changes to Thistle Gray (light gray) to match the newly introduced gray hub caps and bumpers due to Korean War shortages.
The deluxe grille has the five outer bars in chrome. The four inner bars remain the cab color.
Chrome grilles for these years are plated on the outer bars. The back splash color remains the same white as the painted grille.
Mid 1951- 1953
Chrome grille bars were not available due to Korean War copper shortages. Thus, these grilles are the same on deluxe and standard trucks.
Vertical Bar Supports
1947-1953 Both Painted and Chrome Grilles
The two outer vertical bars touch the fenders and are therefore their color. Unfortunately, the reproduction grilles are easily recognized at shows because the owners have not often painted their outer bars fender color! The three smaller inner vertical bars are semi-flat black. This prevents them from being easily seen when viewing the vehicle at a distance.
NOTE: We see no reference to chrome outer bars being offered during the 1947-53 Chevrolet Advanced Design years.