Whick grill do ya like better: 80-81 or 82-86?

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Whick grill do ya like better: 80-81 or 82-86?

BullnoseHunter02
personally, really depends on my mood, honestly, I kinda like the 1980 and 81 grills a bit better on these trucks. Any prefrence here?
Hunting for a Bullnose, single cab, 8 foot bed, decent shape with little to no rust! and under 10k in near or around the STL Mo area, (Illinois is a valid option aswell!)
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Gary Lewis
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I agree.  A friend on FTE called the 80-81 grille the LGG - Last Great Grille.
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in bac, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI
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Ken Blythen
No,no,no.......sorry!  But it's just gotta have a blue oval!  
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Rembrant
Ken Blythen wrote
...it's just gotta have a blue oval!  
I'm with Ken.
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Nothing Special
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Ken Blythen wrote
No,no,no.......sorry!  But it's just gotta have a blue oval!  
I mentioned this several years ago on a thread on the same topic in that other forum, but someone told me that the last time before the '82 F-series grill that the blue oval was used on a Ford car or truck was the 1931 Model A.  My first car was a 1929 Model A Tudor Sedan (bought as a father-son project when I was 10 years old).  My second vehicle was a 1985 F-250HD.

Se definitely a blue oval for me!
Sorry, no '80 - '86 Ford trucks
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LARIAT 85
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I think it depends on the truck.

I actually purchased both grilles for my own truck as I was restoring it because I couldn't make up my mind which style I liked better.  Although the Ford oval grille is correct for my 1985 model, I thought that the earlier 1980/1981 grille with the FORD hood letters would look more unique and "classic."  In the end, I decided that the Ford oval grille looked better on *my* truck.  

However, I think the earlier 1980/1981 grille and FORD hood letters looks much better on a Flareside truck.

Lucille:  1985 Ford F150 XLT Lariat

*Colors:  Dark Canyon Red exterior, Canyon Red interior
*Engine: 5.0, CompCams 31-230-3, "Thumper" E7 heads, Edelbrock Performer intake, Autolite 4100 carburetor, DuraSpark II ignition, Thorley Tri-Y headers, Flowmaster dual exhaust, H-pipe.
*Drivetrain:  AOD transmission, 3.55 gears, 2wd.



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Ray Cecil
I like the blue oval with the 80 clear turn signal lenses.
Ray Cecil
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1969 Impala Custom Coupe, 86,000 miles, 327, Powerglide.
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BullnoseHunter02
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yeh, looking at em now, it really depends in the truck, honestly, and how its painted, the Broncos kinda look better with the earler grills, and the F150s kinda look better with the blue ovals, but idk, it comes down to the paint and rims for me to decide which grill i like better. i do prefer the 80 and 81s though.
Hunting for a Bullnose, single cab, 8 foot bed, decent shape with little to no rust! and under 10k in near or around the STL Mo area, (Illinois is a valid option aswell!)
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Ford F834
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I’m fond of the 80/81 grille just because it looks older... more antique/classic somehow. The later one with the oval and larger cross bars looks a little tougher. As already said it depends on the truck.
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salans7
As a kid, I didn't like the trucks without blue ovals because my dad's trucks all had blue ovals. But when I turned 15 and purchased a 1980 F150, there was no blue oval to be found. I swapped the grilles out, but I ended up going back to the 80-81 grille because it looked better with the FORD on the hood. Now, I prefer the 80-81 trucks over the 82+.

I will admit that the 82-86 grille is much cleaner. However, painting the argent bars of an 80-81 grille black tends to hide them and make them look much cleaner as well.
-Shaun
1980/86/90 Ford F350 4x4 351W/NP435/Sterling
2003 Ford Ranger V6/M5OD/8.8
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Angelo Voltura
Definitely a blue oval guy. The 80-82 grilles look weird on these trucks to me, didnt fit the body as well as say the 78 79 did.
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LARIAT 85
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I like the letters on the hood as well.  I went with the correct 1982 - 1986 Ford oval grille for my truck, but added "LARIAT" hood letters.  I think it almost looks stock:











Lucille:  1985 Ford F150 XLT Lariat

*Colors:  Dark Canyon Red exterior, Canyon Red interior
*Engine: 5.0, CompCams 31-230-3, "Thumper" E7 heads, Edelbrock Performer intake, Autolite 4100 carburetor, DuraSpark II ignition, Thorley Tri-Y headers, Flowmaster dual exhaust, H-pipe.
*Drivetrain:  AOD transmission, 3.55 gears, 2wd.



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salans7
LARIAT 85 wrote
I like the letters on the hood as well.  I went with the correct 1982 - 1986 Ford oval grille for my truck, but added "LARIAT" hood letters.  I think it almost looks stock:
I really like that, can't say I've ever seen somebody put Lariat on the hood.
-Shaun
1980/86/90 Ford F350 4x4 351W/NP435/Sterling
2003 Ford Ranger V6/M5OD/8.8
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BullnoseHunter02
I know there was a Lariat hood ornament like there was for the Explorer, but yeah, never seen Lariat spelled out on the hood. Thats cool!
Hunting for a Bullnose, single cab, 8 foot bed, decent shape with little to no rust! and under 10k in near or around the STL Mo area, (Illinois is a valid option aswell!)
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LARIAT 85
Thanks!  Notice that the letters are in the same font as the 1980/1981 FORD hood letters.  Except - like the other 1982 - 1986 emblems - these are stick-on plastic emblems.  The letters came from a Ford Freestar Limited, so they are OEM Ford parts!

I don't think there ever was a "LARIAT" hood ornament.
Lucille:  1985 Ford F150 XLT Lariat

*Colors:  Dark Canyon Red exterior, Canyon Red interior
*Engine: 5.0, CompCams 31-230-3, "Thumper" E7 heads, Edelbrock Performer intake, Autolite 4100 carburetor, DuraSpark II ignition, Thorley Tri-Y headers, Flowmaster dual exhaust, H-pipe.
*Drivetrain:  AOD transmission, 3.55 gears, 2wd.



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BullnoseHunter02
Related image Found one. its the red with 3 lions on top of each other. One more reason i like the Lariat trucks! I actually didn't know there was a hood ornament till i started looking!
Hunting for a Bullnose, single cab, 8 foot bed, decent shape with little to no rust! and under 10k in near or around the STL Mo area, (Illinois is a valid option aswell!)
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Gary Lewis
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I hate to burst your bubble, but that hood ornament has nothing to do with Lariats.  It was an available part that could be put on any truck, including the little Broncos and Rangers, as shown here:

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in bac, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI
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BullnoseHunter02
ohhhhhh.... hmm, intresting anyway lol. Yeah, looks like the Explorer was the only trim level with a hood ornament. Go figure its at the top of the line!
Hunting for a Bullnose, single cab, 8 foot bed, decent shape with little to no rust! and under 10k in near or around the STL Mo area, (Illinois is a valid option aswell!)
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Gary Lewis
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Actually, the pic you included was of an earlier hood emblem.  Note the "D3AZ", which indicates that emblem was first used in 1973.  And, the "A" indicates it was intended for use on a car, not a truck.

So, that particular emblem isn't the one that would have been available for the Bullnose trucks.  But, I cannot tell you what the differences are.

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in bac, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI
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BullnoseHunter02
Wow, didnt know that. Was the hood emblem a common feature people ordered? I dont think i have ever seen it on a truck!
Hunting for a Bullnose, single cab, 8 foot bed, decent shape with little to no rust! and under 10k in near or around the STL Mo area, (Illinois is a valid option aswell!)
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