Firewall Forward Finishes and Markings- Part Deux

Discussion in 'Chassis restoration' started by 71GSX455-4SPD, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    I had started a thread a while back concerning finishes for the various underhood components. I believe that thread got whacked by the hacker event.

    I went through my original spreadsheet and did many updates based on additional observations of my own car and the input of others here on this board. I thought I'd repost it to get the information up there again. I also have pictures of some of the markings that I'll repost tonight.

    There was a lot of great information and pics posted in that original thread. I recall input from Duane, TimR, Jim Lore, and, I think, Brad Conley. If you guys care to add any information, please do. I thought this would be useful to guys (like myself) trying to recreate the factory look.

    Note: Don't hold me liable if any of it is wrong! Most of this is from my own observation and from the obersvations of others here on the board. As new information becomes available, it'll be added/changed accordingly.


    Item ; Original Finish ; Source ; Recommended Restoration Finish ; Recommended By:
    steering box cover ; Cast aluminum ; Muscle Car Enthusiast ; Polish and Clear Matte Finish, Oval Yellow Sticker (.5 x .75) ; Muscle Car Enthusiast
    Steering box adjustment screw ; Black Oxide ; Ken Observation ; Eastwood Black Oxide kit ; Ken
    Steering box adjustment screw jam nut ; Zinc Silver ; Not Verified ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    steering box cover bolts (possibly gold cast on 70 box?) ; Black Oxide ; Muscle Car Enthusiast ; Eastwood Black Oxide kit ; Ken
    steering box casting ; As Cast ; Ken Observation ; Cast Coat Iron DE 1651 Duplicolor ; Ken
    Steering box domed front cover ; Clear Zinc plating ; Ken Observation ; Cold Glavanizing spray 7585- rustoleum ; Ken
    Steering box shaft input flange ; stamped steel ; Ken Observation ; metalic 7277 matte nickel spray- rustoleum ; Ken
    pitman arm ; As Cast ; Ken Observation ; Cast Coat Iron DE 1651 Duplicolor ; Muscle Car Enthusiast
    sway bar ; As Cast, Red/Orange paint stripe ; Not Verified ; Cast Coat Iron DE 1651 Duplicolor ; Ken
    center link ; Black Paint (sheen?), Red Spotches on Ends, Yellow in Middle ; Ken Observation ; Two part chassis/underhood paint, mix to desired sheen-Trishield ; Jim Weise
    sway bar brackets ; Zinc Silver ; Nicholas Sloop ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    sway bar bracket bolts ; Black Oxide ; Not Verified ; Eastwood Black Oxide kit ; Ken
    tie rods ; As Cast ; Muscle Car Enthusiast ; Cast Coat Iron DE 1651 Duplicolor ; Ken
    adjustment sleeves ; Stamped Steel ; Ken Observation ; metalic 7277 matte nickel spray- rustoleum ; Ken
    Idler arm ; As Cast ; Muscle Car Enthusiast ; Cast Coat Iron DE 1651 Duplicolor ; Ken
    Idler arm bolts ; Black Oxide ; Not Verified ; Eastwood Black Oxide kit ; Ken
    calipers ; As Cast, Black spray on Front ; Duane ; Spray Can Cast Iron, BBQ black overspray ; Ken
    caliper bolts ; Zinc Silver ; Not Verified ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    brake backing plates ; Clear Zinc plating ; Duane ; Trishield Plating Service ; Jim Weise
    brake backing plate bolts ; Clear Zinc plating ; Ken Observation ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    caliper mounting brackets ; Gold Cad Plating ; Duane ; Trishield Plating Service ; Duane
    caliper mounting bracket bolts ; Zinc Silver ; Not Verified ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    end links ; Zinc Silver ; Not Verified ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    end link nuts ; Zinc Silver ; Not Verified ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    end link washers ; Zinc Silver ; Not Verified ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    steering shaft rag joint flanges ; As Cast ; Ken Observation ; Cast Coat Iron DE 1651 Duplicolor ; Ken
    rag joint pinch bolts ; Gold Colored Coating ; Jim Lore ; No recommendation ; N/A
    rag joint bolts ; Black Oxide ; Ken Observation ; Eastwood Black Oxide kit ; Ken
    steering shaft ; Black Painted ; Ken Observation ; Rustoleum BBQ Black (For heat resistance)- should be semi, however ; Ken
    motor mounts ; Gray Phosphate ; Muscle Car Enthusiast ; Zinc Phosphate 10281Z - Eastwood ; Ken
    motor mount bolts ; ??? ; Not Verified ; No recommendation ; N/A
    master cylinder ; As Cast ; Ken Observation ; Cast Coat Iron DE 1651 Duplicolor ; Ken
    master cylinder nuts ; Zinc Silver ; Ken Observation ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    master cylinder cover ; Gold Cad Plating ; Jim Weise ; Trishield Plating Service ; Jim Weise
    master cylinder wire ; Zinc Silver ; Ken Observation ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    booster ; Gold Cad Plating ; Jim Weise ; Trishield Plating Service ; Jim Weise
    booster nuts ; Zinc Silver ; Ken Observation ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    brake line to booster bracket ; Zinc Silver ; Not Verified ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    brake line bracket to booster bolt ; Zinc Silver ; Not Verified ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    Brake line clip below booster ; Yellow ; Ken Observation ; No recommendation ; N/A
    upper control arm shaft ; Black painted - Sheen? ; Ken Observation ; Two part chassis/underhood paint, mix to desired sheen-Trishield ; Jim Weise
    upper control arm shaft end washers ; Zinc Silver ; Ken Observation ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    upper control arm shaft end nuts ; Zinc Silver ; Ken Observation ; Eastwood Zinc Plating Kit ; Ken
    upper control arm shaft knurled bolts ; ??? ; Not Verified ; No recommendation ; N/A
    upper control arms shaft knurled bolt nuts ; ??? ; Not Verified ; No recommendation ; N/A
    lower control arm bolts ; ??? ; Not Verified ; No recommendation ; Ken
    lower control arm nuts ; ??? ; Not Verified ; No recommendation ; Ken
    upper ball joint ; Stamped Steel ; Ken Observation ; metalic 7277 matte nickel spray- rustoleum ; N/A
    lower ball joint ; Stamped Steel ; Not Verified ; metalic 7277 matte nickel spray- rustoleum ; N/A
    lower ball joint nuts ; ??? ; Not Verified ; No recommendation ; N/A
    Front Steering/Suspension Cotter Pins ; Copper Brad Conley ; www.classiccarinteriors.com (Duane) ; Brad Conley
    Bump Stop nuts ; ??? ; Not Verified ; No recommendation ; N/A
    Spindle, forrest green swipe with pink, yellow dab ; As cast ; Duane/Ken Obsevation ; Iron cast coat duplicolor DE 1651, hardware store paint for color ; Muscle Car Enthusiast
    Hood bumper threaded rod/nuts cowl ; ??? ; Not Verified ; No recommendation ; N/A
    Hood bumper threaded rod/nuts core support ; ??? ; Not Verified ; No recommendation ; N/A
    Upper Control Arms ; Chassis Black ; Ken Observation ; Two part chassis/underhood paint, mix to desired sheen-Trishield ; Ken
    Lower Control Arms ; Chassis Black ; Ken Observation ; Two part chassis/underhood paint, mix to desired sheen-Trishield ; Ken
    Radiator Core support ; Satin Black ; Ken Observation ; Two part chassis/underhood paint, mix to desired sheen-Trishield ; Ken
    Radiator Core support bolts ; Satin Black ; Ken Observation ; Two part chassis/underhood paint, mix to desired sheen-Trishield ; Ken
    Inner Fenders ; Satin Black ; Ken Observation ; Two part chassis/underhood paint, mix to desired sheen-Trishield ; Ken
    Battery Tray ; Satin Black ; Ken Observation ; Two part chassis/underhood paint, mix to desired sheen-Trishield ; Ken
    Radiator Cover ; Satin Black ; Ken Observation ; Two part chassis/underhood paint, mix to desired sheen-Trishield ; Ken
    Hood Latch ; Gold Cad Plating ; Jim Weise ; Replate ; Jim Weise
    proportioning valve ; natural cast 71-2
    Splitter valve (1970) natural brass
    proportioning/splitter valve bracket ; 1970 Gold Cad Plating ; 71-2 black oxide ; Trishield Plating Service ; Jim Weise
    Frame ; Chassis Black ; Duane ; Two part chassis/underhood paint, mix to desired sheen-Trishield ; Ken
    Firewall ; Chassis Black ; Duane ; Two part chassis/underhood paint, mix to desired sheen-Trishield ; Ken
    Firewall markings ; Yellow Grease Pen (possibly white for trim tag) ; Duane ; Welders Yellow Pen ; Duane
    Core Support Insulator ; Yellow ; Bill (BA) ; No recommendation ; N/A
    Core Support Mount ; Black ; Assembly manual ; As received ; Ken
    Body Position 1 & 2 Mount- GS ; Violet ; Assembly manual ; No recommendation ; N/A
    Body Position 1 & 2 Mount- Less GS ; Black ; Assembly manual ; As received ; Ken
    Body Position 1 & 2 Insulator - All ; Yellow ; Assembly manual ; No recommendation ; N/A
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2004
  2. TXGS

    TXGS The United State of Texas

    Ken Thanks for bringing this thread back.... :beer
     
  3. SpecialWagon65

    SpecialWagon65 Ted Nagel

    Thanks for the list, Ken. I wonder how much these things changed from year to year and plant to plant. I'll use this list this week to guide my painting the 65 Wildcat front end; lots of it looks the same. Already messed up the brake backing plates :Dou:



    :grin:
     
  4. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    Your welcome guys. Use it at your own risk as I'm sure plant to plant differences, model to model, and year to year differences are not represented there. The list is primarily for a Flint built GS, in my case a '71.

    I'm also hoping that if there's errors or additions some of the guys will chime in.

    It's not a restoration, it's an archaeological dig!
     
  5. Carl Rychlik

    Carl Rychlik Let Buick Light Your Fire

    One thing I discovered was that a tire crayon is what looks like what the factory used. So far,I've tried it on my Stage 1 and had excellent results.

    Tire crayons are available in two colors-white and yellow.
     
  6. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    Thanks Carl for the update.

    This brings up a question that I don't think was answered before in another thread- Should the code (43 B on my Limemist Black vinyl top car) behind the voltage regulator be white or yellow? I just did a quick search and I think that thread was blown out too.

    On my car it looks white-ish, but I'm not sure if it changed from the heat. The code over the booster is clearly yellow on mine. Anybody want to give a definitive answer?

    If I recall from that other thread, "D" above the booster stands for disk brakes; "C" stands for clutch. I recall Duane and Brad stated some additional code letters, some of them rather obscure. Would you guys mind relisting them here?
     
  7. Nicholas Sloop

    Nicholas Sloop '08 GS Nats BSA runner up

    If I recall correctly, "M" for manual drum brakes and nothing (default) for power drum
     
  8. BA

    BA Well-Known Member

    Ken,

    You might want to add radiator core support bushing tops as yellow. The driver side one is visible.


    Bill
     
  9. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Ken


    At least on a 70 the steering box cover bolts are not black but a cast gold just like the steering coupling pinch bolts. They have the letter "N" in the top. I have some extra and thay are all the gold color. The bolts that mount the box to the frame are black. I will take a close up and post it .

    Of course, a 71 could be different. Before you accept black take a brass tooth brush and clean the top of yours.
     
  10. Duane

    Duane Member

    Ken
    The letter "P" stood for power drums.
    Duane
     
  11. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    So, to summarize, over the booster the options are:

    P - Power Drum
    M - Manual Drum
    D - Disc Brakes

    An additional letter could be:

    C - Clutch

    That it?

    Bill-

    I'll post the bushing colors in the list above. Thanks. :TU:
     
  12. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    List updated/overhauled. Thanks for all the input. :TU:
     
  13. Nicholas Sloop

    Nicholas Sloop '08 GS Nats BSA runner up

    I could swear that in the big thread on this subject not too long ago that the statement was that there was no letter at all for power drums, because that is what most cars had, and it was kind of an "unless indicated otherwise" situation.
    Was I dreaming????
     
  14. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    Nicholas-

    I do remember Brad and Duane going back and forth, I believe, on this issue. My recollection is that Duane had an example of a "M" coded car. I can't remember if he had a pic or not. Maybe one or both will chime in??? :Do No:
     
  15. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    Here's the red marking found on either end of the center link:
     

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  16. Duane

    Duane Member

    Ken,
    The picture I posted was from a non-numbers 70 Stage 1 4-speed car we cut up. It was done before the microfilm was found so there was no proof as to what it actually was. Here is the picture, it clearly shows the "PC"
    Duane
     

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  17. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    Here's the middle of the center link. Note the original date code.
     

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  18. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    Thanks Duane! :TU:

    That car is very "PC"! LOL
     
  19. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    Here's a pic that shows what's left of the black paint on the center link. Couldn't tell you what finish it was originally. satin? semi? :Do No:

    You can also see an original cotter pin that was made of copper. Duane sells these. These were used on Flint cars only, I recall Duane telling me.
     

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  20. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    Here's one of the spindles degreased. You can see the slathered on forest green with a yellow dot and a pink dot.
     

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