Painting a car or having one painted is probably the most important aspect of building a car. Â You need to decide on a color for the car and components. Â I like to stick to a theme throughout the car but I try not to use more than 3 colors. Â I am partial to a black car with silver and maroon on various components like axles and transmissions. Â The motor color sometimes needs to be subdued in order not to take away from the car’s important features, such as the accessories. Â I painted the engine in my 48 convert Hugger Orange and the wife made me redo it in maroon. Â Unless you want the engine color to be the focus, stick to a more appealing color such as the body color. Â Black is my favorite.
I have been looking at some new rear springs for Ruby and found that there are many different types available. Â TCI, CE, Posies and several others offer new springs. Â The rear springs provide the ride in a big car. Â If your rear springs are too stiff the car will bounce around on the highway, especially on the overpasses. Â It might take several adjustments to get it right but parallel rear springs provide an excellent ride and most late model cars are equipped with this type of suspension.
I am running late for Toppers….
Walt chose to do his engine and accessories in black powdercoat with a black engine and silver coated exhaust. Â Note how the maroon firewall stands out against the black. Â The whole engine bay looks very clean and uncluttered. Â Careful planning is necessary to pull this off in a large engine compartment.
Nick kept the stock colors in his Mercury convertible. Â A smaller compartment makes routing of wires and hoses more critical. Â Black components help keep you focused on what the builder wants you to see.
Dan really captured the look of the early days with his flatty. Â In this case the motor is the focus not the firewall.
You don’t need all the bling to have a nice looked open hood flat motor. Â A very clean unit with lots of detail. Â Nice!
Roy has the look down pat. Â He coordinates the engine compartment to keep you looking while the hood is open. Â Again the black components with the little red accent against the white firewall has the look I like. Â Very clean.
This classic engine compartment draws you to the motor and the “Hugger Orange” SBC look. Â If the motor was painted black you would not have the stolen from a Corvette look. Â The generator is a nice touch. Â I wonder if Chip did this one?
The 41-48 Ford chassis usually is updated with parallel rear springs such as these CE units. Â The springs are 2 1/2 inches wide and provide a very nice ride. Â They make different arches so you can obtain the ride height you desire without blocks. Â All you need is a 3/8 drill and 9/16 inch wrench to install. Â Posie uses a 1 3/4 inch wide spring with more leafs. Â They also offers different arches and these springs provide an excellent ride. Â The spring length is 47 1/2 inches for the CE units and 43 1/2 inches for the Posie units.
Roy installs the Heidts front suspension on most cars he builds. Â This is a Woody he did not too long ago. Â The TCI unit is similar in design except for sway bar.
This is a TCI unit installed in a 40 pickup. Â Note that only three leafs and lowering blocks are used to obtain ride height. The clamps keep the springs from moving around. Â I don’t like lowering blocks and prefer moving the spring up into the frame for the proper stance. Â Air shocks are installed to help with the 3 leaf spring set up and loads in the pickup box.
Today’s Sedan Delivery….dreaming!
Steve sent in some photos of his delivery. Â I have seen it around but did not know where the car resided. Â He is really working on the car and making improvements while he drives it. Â I really like the wheels on the car and I will find a set for Andre. Â Andre is jealous.