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1968 steel wheel colour?

PostPost by: RichC » Thu May 21, 2009 6:58 am

looking at all 5 wheels they have black in centre with grey outside of chrome trims . the grey has been oversprayed with metallic in past . can anyone provide me with correct spec pls ?
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PostPost by: gerrym » Thu May 21, 2009 8:56 am

Rich, the early Plus 2s cars all had plain silver wheels (check out the advertising of the day).

The black wheels with chrome rims were introduced (anyone care to verify this and provide a chassis number change point) for the "S".

Just to clarify, the chrome rims were not imbellishers. ie chrome plating was directly on the rim of the wheel and then the rim was riverted to the centre part of the wheel.

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PostPost by: RichC » Thu May 21, 2009 4:02 pm

looks like original colour was grey ... maybe this was undercoat?
i presume the silver was a metallic finish , the specific code for it would be good if anyone can help.
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Thu May 21, 2009 7:06 pm

http://www.lotuselan.net/publish/care_n ... eels.shtml


Rustoleum Hard Hat #2115 Aluminum very closely matches the original silver.
50/0951 1968 Wedgewood blue +2, 1990 Mini Cooper RSP
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Thu May 21, 2009 7:19 pm

The very first few cars did have grey painted wheels. Nobody seems to know how many, but it seems that up to around chassis #50 had them. So there may well have been a few spare grey ones about, or somebody just fancied painting them in that colour?

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PostPost by: RichC » Thu May 21, 2009 8:55 pm

thanks Guys,
I've googled rustoleum and come up with Rawlins.
witha bit o luck if i order first think i might get it for the weekend!
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