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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by harley man, Apr 10, 2009.
Can anyone tell me why so many white firewalls in 50&60s rods?Fuction or style?
Yup... because they look so damn nice That's why I did it
Function, easier to see where your oil or gas leak is coming from when it is splattered on a nice white surface.
white produces less radiant heat. so the guys with the reverse facing frog mouth scoops painted the firewall white so they got a cooler inlet charge and picked up a few tenths at the drags.
not to mention helped reflect the heat off the firewall to keep your toes from becoming french fries
I was just pondering this
would folks agree this is authentic for about '55 - '65?
I've got an SAR 34 3-window body on order and plan on doing a late 60's build (at least this week that's what I'm thinking...)
I also much prefer the white firewall on a '32 than a '34 ... I don't think the non-flat shape lends itself as well. Any opinions or examples?
Leak checks are the best reason, but I suspect style. After all, wasn't it the 50's that gave us super stupid shit like white upholstered wheel wells and tuck n roll running boards? Gary
It's the old form follows function but also with a lot of STYLE.........basically stop worrying about what other people think and do what YOU want to with YOUR car......and then enjoy it!
Both of which entirely kick ass.
I love a guy with a sense of humor...
it looks badass, alot of guys painted the frames white too. That not only looked good but on a drag car it was easy to see cracks in the welds.
Just another way to fool myself into thinking I'm living in a 1961 R&C magazine!
now THAT IS SPECTACULAR!!!!!!
I sure hope you meant that as a joke, cuz there ain't no way anyone could actually believe that. Could they?
I believe it.........why would someone lie about some thing like that?.......It's style by the way.
Maybe not so much to make leaks easy to detect, but to show off the lack of leaks...
Dude you must be smoking some whack shit to think those two things are Stupid...
White firewalls kick ass...if nothing else they make the engine "pop" more visually...white is always good to make something look "clean" and sanitary without having to put too much into it...
I dont know, non flat firewalls look good in white too.
Well, the white paint does reflect the heat, enough that I see a lot of newer school busses and repaints on railroad locomotives (the cab only usually) get painted white on the roof.
Now as to gaining time at the drags that way... we'd need a special HAMB edition of Mythbusters to sort that out.
By all accounts of 1957 folklore...its TRUE! cool either way....
Sure makes the engine stand out when the rest of the car is black,, HRP
Yep, White firewalls rock !! and they make the HAMB tag stand out
Well, 23 posts and I still haven't seen the reason I learned for white firewalls...
Somewhere along the way I heard that guys in the 50's painted stuff white when they couldn't afford to chrome it. Poor man's chrome substitute. Firewalls, rims, headers, etc...
Anybody else ever heard this?
Nope, I never have. If that was true, then you'd see more chrome firewalls as well. I've seen very few from 50's cars with chrome firewalls (I can think of one off hand). Plus, chrome was pretty cheap (albeit not as cheap as paint) back in the day.
I always thought it was for contrast and to better show off your mill.
More pics of the rest of the car please:super
Just like everything else in car building, one guy did it and when it was deemed cool everyone did it so they could be cool too
I've littered the HAMB with pics of my cars here and there, I'm sure you could search and find some more, but anyway here are a few more per your request. Next to last pic was a "before" shot. Last pic was right after getting the doghouse back on. Fun with paint and detailing!
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