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Old 12-14-2014, 10:48 PM
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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?

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Old 12-15-2014, 11:18 AM
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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.

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Old 12-15-2014, 06:36 PM
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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.
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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.

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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)!
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:21 PM
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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.

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April 30th, 2015, I better get busy. But I work best under pressure.
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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.
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Mine are Diamondback and they have stayed nice and white with minimal cleaning.
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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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