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White firewalls

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by harley man, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. harley man
    Joined: Jan 24, 2009
    Posts: 152

    harley man

    Can anyone tell me why so many white firewalls in 50&60s rods?Fuction or style?
  2. blackout
    Joined: Jul 29, 2007
    Posts: 1,269


  3. fuel pump
    Joined: Nov 4, 2001
    Posts: 3,620

    fuel pump
    from Caro,MI

    Yup... because they look so damn nice :p That's why I did it

  4. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Function, easier to see where your oil or gas leak is coming from when it is splattered on a nice white surface.

  5. function.
    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.
  6. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    not to mention helped reflect the heat off the firewall to keep your toes from becoming french fries:D
  7. 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?

  8. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,917

    from Tampa, FL

    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
  9. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,511

    from WA

    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!
  10. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 5,982


    Both of which entirely kick ass.
  11. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,986


    I love a guy with a sense of humor... :D
  12. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,894


    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.
  13. 390Merc
    Joined: Jun 29, 2008
    Posts: 659

    from Indiana

    Just another way to fool myself into thinking I'm living in a 1961 R&C magazine!

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  14. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,894


    now THAT IS SPECTACULAR!!!!!!:eek:
  15. I sure hope you meant that as a joke, cuz there ain't no way anyone could actually believe that. Could they? :eek:
  16. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,003

    rick finch

    I believe it.........why would someone lie about some thing like that?:rolleyes:.......It's style by the way.
  17. Maybe not so much to make leaks easy to detect, but to show off the lack of leaks...
  18. 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...

    T. Hilton
  19. Greezy
    Joined: May 11, 2002
    Posts: 1,436


    I dont know, non flat firewalls look good in white too.

  20. 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.
  21. By all accounts of 1957 folklore...its TRUE!:eek: cool either way....
  22. Sure makes the engine stand out when the rest of the car is black,, HRP

  23. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,695


    Yep, White firewalls rock !! and they make the HAMB tag stand out

  24. Skunk Works
    Joined: Aug 31, 2006
    Posts: 137

    Skunk Works

    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?
  25. 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.
  26. fat141
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,575


    More pics of the rest of the car please:super:cool:
  27. 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:D
  28. 390Merc
    Joined: Jun 29, 2008
    Posts: 659

    from Indiana

    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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