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Paint Type and Color - Rear Axle, Leaf Springs, Frame
« on: June 28, 2009, 05:03:16 PM »
What was the type paint and original color of the rear-end, axle, leaf springs, and frame of a 1969 Camaro?

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Re: Paint Type and Color - Rear Axle, Leaf Springs, Frame
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009, 11:12:34 PM »
We do know a few things based on survivor cars and vintage magazine road tests.

Rear axles were painted as an assembly; cover and brake drums in place but no lines. Pinion flange was masked. Paint was a glossy black. Yes the drums were black too.

Leaf springs were not painted. The forging process left them with a mottled black-grey finish.

The sub frame was first dipped in a cleaning solution, then dipped in an asphalt-based coating that dried to a semi-gloss black appearance. I work with a guy that was a line supervisor at the AO Smith frame plant here in town. We had a good laugh over the filler-prime/wet sand/paint process some like to think of as "original". For years I drove past the Smith plant on Capitol Drive every day. Completed frames were stacked outside, covered with snow and ice in the winter. Probably rusty before they arrived at the assembly plant.

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Re: Paint Type and Color - Rear Axle, Leaf Springs, Frame
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2009, 07:09:22 AM »
If you transported a New from 69 camaro to present and entered it in most original classes, it wouldn't place... that is a travesty!
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Re: Paint Type and Color - Rear Axle, Leaf Springs, Frame
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2009, 03:52:18 PM »
Tell it....  I was at a national meet for AACA a few years ago, where they put a brand new car just delivered from the factory out front and asked everyone to "judge" it.  At judges school the first thing the instructor asked was "How many points would you count off and why?"  Several persons around the room started calling out point subtractions and why.  Wrong answer...  The correct answer was and is "zero".  The car was factory original....
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Re: Paint Type and Color - Rear Axle, Leaf Springs, Frame
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2012, 02:01:39 AM »
Good evening.  Have two answers I've heard on original leaf spring "color".  One that it was a bare metal color and the multi leaf spring was a darker gray color that was a oil based color.  Have you heard this before?  Am in the process of working on my Z 10.

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Re: Paint Type and Color - Rear Axle, Leaf Springs, Frame
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2012, 11:51:10 PM »
You've responded to a 3 year old thread.
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Re: Paint Type and Color - Rear Axle, Leaf Springs, Frame
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2012, 12:56:01 PM »

If you transported a New from 69 camaro to present and entered it in most original classes, it wouldn't place... that is a travesty!

I agree but that's only true for the twenty + every weekend, every corner, local car shows. A car like that would take top honors at a Bow Tie, Legends, and Vintage Certification Camaro Nationals car show. Its also the only show I know of where your car only competes against itself. And for hard core purists...one of the few shows that really matters.

X2 on the 3yr old thread. Your best bet would be to start a new one... ;)