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32 Frame Rail Color

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by qmdv, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. I have always thought that frame rails should be black. I am building a 32 High boy roadster. If I paint the car black then of course the rails will be black and no problem.

    I was thinking of painting the car yellow so there is a dilema. If the frame rails are black, then that part of the frame under the body is two tone. Not to sure about that.

    I was thinking that maybe the the part under the body would be yellow and the rest would be black.

    Has anybody seen it done that way.

  2. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,391


    On full fendered '32 Fords if the fenders were black the frame was too. On high boys the frame is generally the body color. So if you'll not be running black fenders paint it body color. I agree it wouldn't look right with a black frame and yellow body without fenders.
  3. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,659


    AFAIK, you could not get body-color fenders on Fords until 1934; meaning from the factory all ‘32s had black frames (because the frame is exposed). Thus, if you want the car to look like it came off the frame in the course of the build, you probably want to paint your frame body color, if not, leave it black.

    Thus, for a ‘40s or earlier build, I’d always leave the frame black; but it makes more sense to paint it if you’re building ‘50s or ‘60s style.
  4. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,504

    Kiwi 4d

    Whole frame needs to one color really. What color are your other components ? If they are black a black frame will work. If not a complete yellow frame will work and not break up the flow.yellow can be a tricky color to work with.
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  5. I plan to paint my exposed frame body color on my 34 ford coupe..don't care for the tu-tone look of black chassis and some other color on the body.
    I think it's more of a personal preference decision.
  6. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,741

    from Indy

    paint your frame the same color as the body on a fenderless car
    Joined: Aug 22, 2011
    Posts: 1,244

    from mass

    If your car is yellow and the frame black some people will see it as an American Graffiti coupe clone, copy, tribute etc. even if it's a roadster.

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