Is there anyone who sells new lighted grille horses, or do you have to find a good used or NOS piece? I wonder, because my dad said he might get me one, he saw it somewhere, but i don't want him spending huge amouts of money to get it.
There was a run of very poor-quality reproductions a few years back. Every now and then one of these will resurface and be advertised as "NOS." I can't tell you what to look out for exactly; but I have heard this story several times from different sources. Buyer beware!
Your best bet of landing a "real" one is probably to buy used.
When I worked at a Ford dealer years ago
the parts manager told me that he had a
box of 12 that he had ordered back in the
60's and only sold a couple of them.
He ended up trashing the rest of them!
If only we could turn back the clock!!
There are 3 types out there- 3 originals and 1 pathetic repro of an original!
1. Most common - This slides in behind the horse, inside the corral (Like blkstlln). I've seen these in white, yellow, blue, & green. Most common are white & yellow. They run over $100 and can double if still in the box. Very few still have intact wiring.
2. There was one that rplaced the horse and filled in the whole corral. These are the ones being repro'd. Originals were heavier plastic and the horse was silver. Repros are cheap, thin plastic and the horse appears to be spray painted silver. They are basically junk!
3. Rarer is the ceramic one that replaced the horse and bolted in the same 2 holes. It was a ceramic rear with a milky plastic horse with a light inbetween, that lit up the horse. Mine was $125 10 years ago, in the box. I've only seen 1 other of these, and none ever on a car.