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Hot Rods Painting body lines ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bigheadbaxter, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. bigheadbaxter
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    I've been looking for pictures of late 20's to early/mid 30's cars with painted body lines. I borrowed this pic from Shane's 28 thread. I really like it but it doesn't seem to be very popular from what I've been able to find. very classy. Pictures and opinions please ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1453248983.543929.jpg
     
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  2. Stu D Baker
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    When done tastefully, they look good. If you like the look, go for it.
     
  3. ROADSTER1927
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    I like them, do what you want! Gary
     
  4. KoolKat-57
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    I help out at a classic car museum I will try to get some pictures for you.
    We have a number of cars with painted body lines!
    KK
     
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  5. I always thought it was for a more elegant art-deco type car rather than a hot rod...

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  6. ......And FWIW, they are referred to as "belt lines" by the resto group.......
     
  7. Binger
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1453340121.133687.jpg

    I like them painted. Here is a pic of my restored 30 chev. My thoughts on my coupe project are light grey body and a darker grey on the belt line and revels. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1453340495.115675.jpg
     
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  8. Cosmo49
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    BHB, if that's your AD truck you have an opportunity on it's belt line, I've often thought of doing a contrasting yet subtle color on my '49.
     
  9. Bandit Billy
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    One of my buddies from the local watering hole bought this car last year as it sits. It has painted body lines and look all the part of a hot rod. Maybe not my cup o'bourban but it looks cool.
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  10. I like them on some cars. If the colors are tasteful or subtle and there isn't too much of a bold contrast I think they look good. Complimentary colors, not contrasting.
     
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  11. theHIGHLANDER
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    Nice mix on this one. Body color on the fender reveals, fender color on the body reveals.
    IMG_20150402_204944022_HDR.jpg
    This one has a different mix too, but 4 other colors were used to pull it off. White reveals on fenders and windows, black on the body. Very, uh, eclectic...?
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  12. joeycarpunk
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    I personally think any beltlines painted looks best on fendered cars. Color choice is critical much like any two toned painted car.
     
  13. Tman
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    Good topic that doesn't get discussed much. On certain cars they are perfect. Taken in a historical context imagine how crazy that 6? color job looked in its day! The purple/pink one that was on Carinis show was even more nuts!
     
  14. I believe that was standard operating procedure on the L29 Cords. Here is one that I did awhile back. Also a pic of a 1931 Studebaker President I did. Striper5.jpg Larry\'s 31StudebakerPresident 001.jpg Larry\'s 31StudebakerPresident 002.jpg Larry\'s 31StudebakerPresident 003.jpg
     
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  15. I prefer pin striping on the reveals. ...but it comes down to personal preference and whether you are trying to emulate a particular style. Regardless, the color choices are critical.
     
  16. KoolKat-57
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    Here are a few from the museum. 001.JPG 002.JPG 003.JPG 005.JPG 007.JPG 008.JPG
    KK
     
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  17. falcongeorge
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    Daaamn! Theres an L-29 roadster I have seen in Coquitlam that is silver and maroon with a maroon top, you should see that thing! The one safarinut posted looks DAMN good too! Beautiful cars...
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  18. The gentleman I painted the L-29 phaeton for was headed to the A-C-D Museum for a show that year(either 1999 or2000) and a friend of his was traveling with an unfinished L-29 roadster that was painted silver with a maroon accent and was unfinished. I wonder if it was the same car? I cannot recall his name but he was from Massachusetts and had just got married to this lovely Oriental girl and it was sort of their honeymoon.
    I found out later that on their way home he was cut off by someone on the Interstate and he flipped the trailer damaging the Cord quite extensively. As he had done virtually all the work on both cars I assume it has since been fixed. I'll have to get in touch with Paul(the owner of the phaeton) and find out.
     
  19. falcongeorge
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    Wow, I wonder. I started seeing it in the Coquitlam area about 8-9 years ago, so its possible. Man, lemme tell you, with a silver body, and the maroon fenders, wheels, beltline molding and top, and those Cord lines, it just takes your breath away. What a beautiful car. That pale green phaeton must be something to see in person as well. Man, beautiful cars. If guys haven't seen these cars in person, photos just DO NOT do them justice, not even close.
     
  20. Fortunateson
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    I have seen that Cord quite a few times as well. I think I know who owns it though I might be out of date. Some of those big old classics are just outright beautiful and truly rolling art. We sure are lucky living around here for the variety of cars we get to see. Now I'm thinking about my '32 5W which will be full fendered. Hmmmmm?
     
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  21. Rusty O'Toole
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    A noted designer of the custom body era said that he liked to include a body reveal at the lower edge of the body and paint it fender color. This gave a low appearance and made the body look sleeker.
     
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  22. jazz1
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    The painted belt lines all look great from here. I would like to add some to my '48 sedan delivery to add some flash to the miles of sheet metal when the time comes. Wife likes it ,,so be it.
     
  23. bigheadbaxter
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