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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Gilbybarr, Sep 11, 2020.

  1. Gilbybarr
    Joined: Sep 11, 2020
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    Gilbybarr

    Hello there....first post on this forum. I am building a '34 Ford three window high-boy...actually a buddy of mine is the "real" builder, I am just helping and paying the bills. We're using a Show Me Hot Rod & Customs body (3" chop is standard) and a Pete & Jakes frame and full suspension package. I am trying to decide on the color. I'd like to stay with an original Ford color from the period. Cordoba Gray was a '34 Ford color....and Cordoba Tan was a color that succeeded in '35/'36. I like one more than the other but its not clear which is really which. Color chips available on line are pretty useless as they have darkened and you cant see any true color. Would any of you all by chance have a photo of one or both of these colors to help me out? Searching google images for cars in each color has given me inconsistent results to say the least. Anyway, was just wondering. Attaching a few photos of the body and frame....just getting started obviously. Looking forward to your input. Oh....I will probably be asking for more suggestions when it comes to seating....I am 6'4" tall and I will want all the legroom, headroom and seat recline I can get! Thanks.
     

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  2. AngleDrive
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    Dearborn blue, or Washington blue which is not a 34 color but later.
     
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  3. rusty valley
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    picking colors is really a matter of personnel choice. i like to have a color in mind, and then look for a more modern car out on the road to look at reality, and then if you like it the code will be at the store. the next option i like is to go to the store and look at the basic color book which has varying shades of your color, then take it outside and look in sunlight, and order it up. at 6.4 you will like the ease of getting in and out of a 34 3w with suicide doors
     
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  4. Model A Gomez
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    That is a slick body, I'm impressed. A little distortion but looks really straight.
     
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  6. Gilbybarr
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    Gilbybarr

    Thanks for all the info so far....
     
  7. Binkman
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    I am 6' 5". I sold my 4 inch chop 3-W because my head hit the headliner. It had the stock seat in it. I have a 3 inch chop '34 Victoria and a 3 inch chop 2-Dr sedan. My head just barely clears the headliners with stock bucket seats which are a lot lower than the bench seat. I did not chop the cars, I bought very rough bare bodies and built the cars. All of my cars but 2 are Cordoba Grey, I love it and it never goes out of style. I can still get Axalta Centri in that color. I am doing a '33 sedan delivery right now and the paint for it arrived a few weeks ago. Not in this photo are my '34 P/U and the 2 chop top cars. P4210001-2-2 (1).jpg
     
  8. fortynut
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    Black would be a nice (non) color. As to original, I'm wondering if you mean like an original idea, or what Ford Motor Car Company offered? Either way you can't miss with a nice setup like you have. Fruehauf has some nice colors. I'm drawn to their yellow like a bee to a sweet smelling flower. Blue also comes in many shades and tints. Green is unlucky unless you're participating in the St. Paddy's Day parade, at least old round track racers told me it was, which may explain the troubles the Ainglanders have gone through. Red is also one of those colors an old CHP officer said they are drawn to when writing citations for speeding. And, yet, I must say this site being about traditional perhaps you should ask about swatch sheets on the Ford Barn where everything Ford is offered up as advice, or in parts. Good luck on your quest. The one choice you are faced with having made the most is the color you pick to paint it.
     
  9. wuga
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    I was looking for Kewannee green. I went to my Axalta dealer and he still had the old Dupont books. Like many of Henry's colors, they may have used the same name but varied in hue over the years or changed the name for the same color. I found the number given for the green and when we went to the page, there were quite a few variations, both lighter and darker, . I am sure this is the case with Cordoba. I found this over on the Ford Barn and it is a thread with more threads with various suppliers part numbers. http://www.the34fordroadster.com/cordoba-gray/ A fairly good discussion of Cordoba Tan/Grey. I love those old A, B, C colors.
    Warren
     
  10. Gilbybarr
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    NICE COLLECTION!!!
     
  11. rpm56
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    Can't believe this wives tale is still being repeated. No active or retired copper I know says or believes it. I wrote 300 tickets a month for years and the color of the vehicle was never a part of the reason I saw the car committing a violation.
     
  12. fortynut
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    Because of an infraction, I was required to attend Traffic Safety School. The teacher was, by his own admission, a retired CHP officer. He gave the best advice first, "If you signal to turn, stop for red lights and stop signs, and never speed, I can promise you that will prevent most of you from ever getting cited again." He then went into how airplanes are used to check a motorist's speed, and told us about 'little red sports cars' getting more attention, and red cars in general. I did not make this one up, and I am not arguing for or against it as an urban myth. It just seemed like something too good not to mention when I was talking about red as color to paint a vehicle. Myth it may be, but once upon a time, as Moondog said, 'When lions were lions and men were men', firetrucks were painted red because it was a color that got everybody's attention. Trouble is, now that it's 'twice upon a time', all bets are off. (And, yes I did talk to the man on the street in NYC and he was an imposing figure, Moondog, that is.) A subject and story for some other time and place.
     
  13. A Boner
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    Take a look at a color chart for the 1940 Fords!
     
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  14. squirrel
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    ford colors.jpg

    I only see one color there....and it's Red.
     
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  15. Pass The Torch
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    My ‘33 apparently was blue originally. Found this on the pass. side between the door and rear window.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  16. An 18 year old driver of a new 1933 Ford ,with new paint, would have been born in 1915 (or EARLIER
    if they were older) and I wouldn't worry about one of them walking up to you and telling you
    your original 1933 reproduction color.... was slightly off hue. They would have to have a wonderful
    memory at 105 years old to remember...let alone to be walking around car shows.
    Hence, do a color to satisfy you.
     
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