Textured underside of front and rear lids on early A cars

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Textured underside of front and rear lids on early A cars

#1 Post by Joris Koning » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:23 am

All,

Trying to do some research on the use of what I think is undercoating on early A cars (probably October 55 through march 56) Are there any people out there who have this on their car? If so I would love to see some pictures and learn of your chassis number. I am trying to locate the cut off point.

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Attached a picture showing the undercoat?? on the underside of a hood on an unrestored February 56 car
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Re: Textured underside of front and rear lids on early A car

#2 Post by James Davies » Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:20 am

55596 with a Kardex date of 8 Feb 1956 has the undercoated front hood.

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#3 Post by Joris Koning » Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:20 pm

Thanks James! that gives me a new data point. So far 55772 is the latest car I have
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#4 Post by Jeroen van der Velden » Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:40 pm

Joris,

My 1956 coupe #55930 also has the undercoating on hood and engine lid

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#5 Post by Jeroen van der Velden » Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:53 pm

Very bad picture but the inside of the hood and engine lid had this texture.
The innerframes of hood and engine lid only had a little overspray.
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#6 Post by Jeroen van der Velden » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:09 pm

After restoration.....
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#7 Post by Joris Koning » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:26 pm

Hi Jeroen,

Thanks for sharing, that moves the use up to #55930.

Another question, did your car have silver or body colored wheel?

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#8 Post by Jeroen van der Velden » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:35 pm

The original color is polyantha red (1956 only) wheels where in body color also.
The original color was still on the inside of the rims.
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#9 Post by Joris Koning » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:50 pm

Jeroen, cool stuff. It would be interesting to figure out when the factory stopped using body colored wheels
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#10 Post by Jeroen van der Velden » Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:19 pm

for those who are interested... some more very early "A" details.

-grey seal behind hood handle
-battery floor without central rib and pre A drain cups
-raised area on the left and right side of the gas tank floor.
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#11 Post by James Davies » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:17 pm

Joris, coupe 58589 is an original paint survivor with Aquamarine metallic wheels. Original tires too. I believe this is from late Jan or early Feb 1957.

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Re: Textured underside of front and rear lids on early A car

#12 Post by James Davies » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:22 pm

I've got a hood with the textured underside on it. See attached photo. It has "537" stamped on it. Don't know if that helps.
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Re: Textured underside of front and rear lids on early A car

#13 Post by Vic Skirmants » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:37 pm

58589; smooth trunk and engine lid. Car manufactured March 20, 1957. Original transmission has a build date of January 1957..

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#14 Post by Joris Koning » Fri Jun 10, 2016 6:05 am

Thanks Vic, so painted wheels were probably used for longer compared to the textured lids. I am posting a new thread to see if we can gain some transparency with regard to the use of body colored wheel on early A's.
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Re: Textured underside of front and rear lids on early A car

#15 Post by Bruce Edge » Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:53 am

Joris,
My 1956A coupe #56731 has textured lid.

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