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White firewall, appropriate for early 60's build, or not?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by flynbrian48, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. It's just gone nine am here, the kids gone to school, and I jumped on with my morning caffeine hit, expecting pics......
    I guess your to busy masking and spraying, to be posting pics ;):D:D
     
  2. flynbrian48
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    Dave Grey's truck?
     
  3. Paint it how you like it. There weren't so many rules back in the early 60's. I know because I was there and I would have broken the rules if there were any.

    A little while back I had a car painted the Mopar cool vanilla. I called it Poison Ivory.
     
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  4. continentaljohn
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    Bright white it's funny I built this car almost 20 years ago and only have 2 pictures of it and I took neither
     

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  5. No sir,Dave Doolin,South Carolina guy. HRP

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  6. marman1950
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  7. I like the way a white firewall adds another dimension of cleanliness to a detailed engine compartment [​IMG]


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  8. Bandit Billy
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    Appropriate? I've watched you work on here, your way cooler than that question makes you out :D. Appropriate is for people who build threads, not build cars. Show me what you do best man!
     
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  9. flynbrian48
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    I like another's viewpoint. I'm gonna go ahead and do it in ivory.
     
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  11. 39 Aaron NZ
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    I painted my 39 fire wall 'ice white' so my red engine won't disappear into the (to be) red body.
    I think things like that make the car your own.
    Cheers Aaron.

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  12. Jeff Norwell
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    I just love a warm vanilla/ivory firewall.
     
  13. Babar40
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    IMG_0166.JPG Ford bright white.
     
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  14. theHIGHLANDER
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    flynbrian for the win!!

    Hell yes a white firewall is appropriate. Even more so in the show rod days, but I think it grew from necessity. A white firewall makes things easier to see when you're out street racing in the wee hours of the am. Also helps define a leak if you get one, but most of all it simply looks real good. I keep looking at mine in the 39 and usually talk myself out of "another job to do" before it gets done. You might be tagged as an "enabler". Now I'm thinking about it again, dammit...:eek:
     
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  15. flynbrian48
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    It's easy, and happens often, with hot rods and customs (and motorcycles)that the "if a little is good, too much is not enough" syndrome sets in, and the car goes from classy and subtle to garish and over embellished. I want this to be period correct and classy, not like I just threw every idea I had at it. It's a fine line...
     
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  16. 40FORDPU
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    Appropriate?..yes. My '39 Coupe
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  17. j3harleys
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  18. The 39 guy
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    Ok I'll chime in on this one. Without getting out a bunch of my old magazines from the fifties and sixties for proof my old memory says that white firewalls were popular in the late 50's and early sixties. Even if it wasn't it looks cool now on 50's-60's inspired Hot Rod. Go for it!
    Oh and I oiled this firewall down twice the first day I drove it. Huge mess but it cleaned up fine. I just would not leave the oil on the paint for very long.
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  19. flynbrian48
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    Lol, I've already "oiled" the firewall. I fired the 283 after setting it in, not noticing the oil pressure gauge fitting was open!
     
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  20. Call it "Rustproofing"!! :D
     
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  21. 911 steve
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    great looking car, but get rid of that glass tube fuel filter...had one on my 40 ford. smelled gas one day at 75mph, checked when I got home & gas was pouring out of the filter where the glass meets the metal part....lucky that day
     
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    So true. It's seems a lot of people get a little too carried away with some style elements. Classy is the key word.
    I just agonized over the same question; white or black firewall, I went with white and I'm very glad I did. I did have a fall-back rationale - it came stock that way.
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  24. F-ONE
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    This is period Photograph of a car show in Maryland posted a few years ago by a HAMB member. I do believe from 1964.
     
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  25. BoilermakerDave
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    Wow, just today after work I was looking at my primer-gray firewall and thinking, man, when I spray that black it's going to disappear.

    Now I'm contemplating...the interior is going to be ivory and black. Why not do the firewall in ivory?
     
  26. j3harleys
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    I know I am searching for the right fuel block For the fire wall. just a few thing's left to get it back like the original builder had it.
     
  27. flynbrian48
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    A benefit of dubious value in a fiberglass car, but, it could keep the resin from evaporating from the glass. ;-)

     
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  28. The firewall in my Model A is white/cream color, like it a lot and easy to keep clean!! Highly recommended.
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  29. Squablow
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    F-ONE has a good example there, I looked through my pics and here's another period shot of a white firewall, I don't have a date on this pic but it looks late 50's to me.

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  30. wutnxt
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    Shake 'em and shoot 'em Antique white. I'm stuck in the '60's

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