Chassis colour?

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Chassis colour?

Postby fireguyfire » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:56 pm

Going to get going on my 70 d100 restoration by removing the box first, sandblasting and painting the frame from the cab back; I will remove the rear end and go through it at the same time.
My chassis looks to be in great shape but I don't see any remnants of original paint on it; perhaps the top of the frame under the cab or box will show the paint.
Anyway, I'm assuming the frame would have been a chassis black from the factory; is that correct, and if so what sheen would the factory frame paint have had?
I've had good luck with POR 15 on other frame restorations I've done but it is quite a glossy paint.
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Re: Chassis colour?

Postby fireguyfire » Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:17 pm

Anyone?
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Re: Chassis colour?

Postby Jims68 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:27 am

I can't honestly say what they were. Mine was all "rusty" color. However, that being said I painted mine with Rustoleum black. I used the gloss paint. It really looked nice and still does. I know this isn't the answer you're looking for. But I say, paint it with a black that you will be happy with. I would "assume" that chassis black would be a great match "IF" they were painted when new. :thinking
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Re: Chassis colour?

Postby PwrWgnDrvr » Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:54 am

Ive owned dozens, parted dozens more and photographed hundreds. Don't recall ever seeing a painted frame.
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Re: Chassis colour?

Postby Jims68 » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:54 am

PwrWgnDrvr wrote:Ive owned dozens, parted dozens more and photographed hundreds. Don't recall ever seeing a painted frame.


Yeah... that is what I was thinking. My frame had NO paint on it and was just "rusty" from front to back. I wonder if Dodge had sprayed the frame with some type of... oil spray coating or similar coating when new, just to preserve that "new" look WHEN they were new on the car lot. :thinking
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Re: Chassis colour?

Postby DavidPope » Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:56 pm

One I had in 1967 had a black frame. The paint mustn't have been very durable though.
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Re: Chassis colour?

Postby soopernaut » Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:15 am

I seem to remember some black paint on my 70 frame before I sanded it down.
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Re: Chassis colour?

Postby PwrWgnDrvr » Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:57 pm

I bought my first W200 in 1978 with 75,000 miles. Weren't no paint on the frame then and aint none on it now.
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