Disc Brake Chrome Wheels

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Disc Brake Chrome Wheels

#1 Post by Paul Hatfield » Mon May 09, 2011 12:13 pm

I would like to know more about the painted areas on the disc brake chrome wheels. It seems to me that the 356 cars "mostly" came with no primer in the center on the outward facing side, and a light colored primer on the back. Somewhere along the line, this changed to a gray color of primer that was found "mostly" on the 911-912.

However, there is overlap between these cars. The wheels are date stamped, so easy to know when a wheel was made.

Questions: When was the change to gray? What is an good match to the light colored primer that was used?

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Re: Disc Brake Chrome Wheels

#2 Post by Jim Breazeale » Mon May 09, 2011 12:41 pm

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The change to grey was made before the C was introduced. The earlier wheels (wide 5s) had a yellowish primer on the inside and the back side and then changed to grey. The centers were painted black eventually in the 911/912 era. I seem to remember some yellowish painted C wheels, though. Most of us never paid any attention to stuff like that.

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#3 Post by Adam Wright » Mon May 09, 2011 1:25 pm

Jim was too busy chasing women in his youth and scrapping Carrera Coupes to look at wheels!
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#4 Post by Charlie White » Mon May 09, 2011 1:33 pm

I have a "C" disk brake chrome 4/5 x 15 wheel with the outward center painted light grey. Wheel is dated 3/64. I can post a pic if wanted. Has not been repainted.

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#5 Post by Paul Hatfield » Mon May 09, 2011 1:42 pm

Charlie-
Picture would help me at least. I believe we may find some originals not painted in the center. For the back side, I believe we may find some light ivory and some the gray color. Dates here can be very helpful regards the timing of the change. Not even sure the gray color remained the same (may have gotten darker?). Anyway, pictures would be great.
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Re: Disc Brake Chrome Wheels

#6 Post by Charlie White » Mon May 09, 2011 2:15 pm

Here are some pics..............

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#7 Post by Paul Hatfield » Mon May 09, 2011 5:13 pm

Charlie-
Would you say that the gray color was very close to the same color as the original muffler color? Also, what about other parts of the rim- Backside and the area exposed to air (inside)?
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#8 Post by Charlie White » Mon May 09, 2011 5:27 pm

Yes, close to muffler grey, but don't have one to compare. Back of wheel same grey.

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Re: Disc Brake Chrome Wheels

#9 Post by Jack Keyes » Mon May 09, 2011 10:27 pm

Paul -

My 65 has a dark primer on the outer center as well as the interior.


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#10 Post by Bob Kittel » Tue May 10, 2011 10:36 am

My 64 SC built in Fall of 63 has the original wheels. They are dated 63 and have the gray on the back and in the center on the front.
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#11 Post by Brad Ripley » Tue May 10, 2011 3:28 pm

Lemmerz or KPZ? Grey color is different.

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#12 Post by Paul Hatfield » Tue May 10, 2011 3:34 pm

Brad-
Do you stock both paints???
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#13 Post by Charlie White » Tue May 10, 2011 4:04 pm

Speaking of paint, how does one go about painting the front center area of the disk brake wheel? Originally there must have been some sort of template to cover the outside of the wheel, as the painted area is kind of an odd shape because of the "bumps" sticking out that hold the hubcap in place. What do serious concours types do to paint their wheels?

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#14 Post by Bob Kittel » Wed May 11, 2011 12:00 am

Brad Ripley wrote:Lemmerz or KPZ? Grey color is different.
Lammerz dated 8/63. Yep to the grey but which grey I do not know.
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#15 Post by Bruce Baker » Wed May 11, 2011 7:56 am

Here is a pair of pictures I sent to Brad as reply to his original posting a few weeks ago. Late C, original spare, greenish gray.
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Orig.C chr. wheel inside.JPG
 

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