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ss396t6 12-14-2014 10:48 PM

1957 Thunderbird new owner
 
That would be me. Ray Clark pitched in to help. In November I purchased a 1957 Dusk Rose with white porthole hardtop. Currently it is at my mechanic's for minor work.

Question regarding the hubcap center painting. What color is that?

Thanks,
Scott Sims

jopizz 12-15-2014 11:18 AM

If the color is not specified in the concours rules that the Vintage Thunderbird Club puts out then I would go with Colonial White. Ford used that color white for a lot of it's cars and parts of that era.

John

840 840 840 12-15-2014 11:31 AM

Welcome to the Little Birds Forum.
Now let's see some pictures.
Charley

Joe Johnston 12-15-2014 06:36 PM

Its always good to see Little Birds!

I agree with the Colonial White choice as they look a bit creamy and not a pure white.

ss396t6 12-15-2014 09:16 PM

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Originally Posted by 840 840 840 (Post 88471)
Welcome to the Little Birds Forum.
Now let's see some pictures.
Charley

Charley, I read that you are involved with working on your '56. When is your target finish date?

I will eventually post photos. It is a very nice Dusk Rose with black/white interior with white steering wheel, both tops (white), PS, PB, PW, Pseat, auto, D code. The old bias ply are coming off in favor of new Diamond Back radials.

Thanks to all for your welcoming me aboard.

Joe Johnston 12-15-2014 09:25 PM

You may want to check out Coker. They advertise a series with the pie crust shoulders that are radials but look bias ply. I have not seen them in person but the pictures look very good. The bias ply look awesome, but I had some reproduction Firestone's on a 56 several years ago and they were almost dangerous if I was caught in the rain - not nearly the traction we are used to with radials (and only 4" of tread didn't help either)!

840 840 840 12-15-2014 11:21 PM

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Originally Posted by ss396t6 (Post 88495)
Charley, I read that you are involved with working on your '56. When is your target finish date?

I will eventually post photos. It is a very nice Dusk Rose with black/white interior with white steering wheel, both tops (white), PS, PB, PW, Pseat, auto, D code. The old bias ply are coming off in favor of new Diamond Back radials.

Thanks to all for your welcoming me aboard.

April 30th, 2015, I better get busy. But I work best under pressure.
:D:o:rolleyes:

ss396t6 12-16-2014 07:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Joe Johnston (Post 88496)
You may want to check out Coker. They advertise a series with the pie crust shoulders that are radials but look bias ply. I have not seen them in person but the pictures look very good. The bias ply look awesome, but I had some reproduction Firestone's on a 56 several years ago and they were almost dangerous if I was caught in the rain - not nearly the traction we are used to with radials (and only 4" of tread didn't help either)!

Thanks, Joe. I almost bought Coker tires until a 1955-1957 mechanic told me that some of his customers who owned them had problems with them. The Diamond Back radial tires have 2-1/2" wide whitewall and 60K mile rating and comparably priced. As little as I drive my other two classic cars I would die before driving 60,000 miles in the Thunderbird.

Joe Johnston 12-16-2014 01:12 PM

1957 Thunderbird new owner
 
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Mine are Diamondback and they have stayed nice and white with minimal cleaning.

ss396t6 12-16-2014 11:50 PM

1957 Thunderbird new owner
 
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Originally Posted by Joe Johnston (Post 88523)
Mine are Diamondback and they have stayed nice and white with minimal cleaning.

Nice '57! I like the small "dog dish" hubcaps. Mine has the full covers. I am not a fan of the KH wires. Talk about a cleaning nightmare.


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