Big Block Dart Forums banner

1 - 20 of 22 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I am getting ready to paint the doghouse on my 69 GTS and I know the engine compartment and outside of the wheel wells are the body color, BUT what is the color of the front of the radiator support (behind where the grill goes)?? Is that black or the same color as the rest of the car?

Thanks
Ernie
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
283 Posts
they should be painted /then a spray of undercoating. to be correct. i would paint them semi-gloss black
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
945 Posts
Body color. There anit no undercoating on any car I have seen. In front of the radiator support.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
core was painted car color,than spray bombed black behind griil area(so when you looked through the grill you didnt see car color you saw low gloss black).mostly light colors but i have seen alot of dark color mopars like this.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
945 Posts
Well like most subjects, this one is no different. I just looked at several resto shops pics of A body's. I found nothing different than what I thought. From the factory the cars showed body color behind the grills and lights. I did see alot of cars that people painted flat black. The best thing I could tell you is to slowly take your car apart. The car will tell you what you need to know. Strip the paint with a light sanding to see what your car had. The one thing that you can count on is they are different from plant to plant. As well as shift to shift. I am no expert but these things are out there for you to see. Good luck.
 
G

·
LO23 said:
core was painted car color,than spray bombed black behind griil area(so when you looked through the grill you didnt see car color you saw low gloss black).mostly light colors but i have seen alot of dark color mopars like this.
Most cars i have seen and done are like he said.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,049 Posts
I checked my '67 and I appears that the factory painted flat black over the body color on the front and back on the core support and wall.

My B body manual says on '69 models the core was painted flat black, body color or both. Although maybe not correct, I would go flat or semi flat over body color in this area.

Tom
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
117 Posts
This is a great question and maybe Jim will jump in. My '68 barracuda, never repainted, has flat black behind the grills, with body paint splatter mixed in over the black. I'll have to take a better look tomorrow. I've never seen the upper rad support be anything but body color. I think the older mopar's are just body color, no black.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
660 Posts
My '72 Duster (all original paint, but not for long) had flat black sprayed over the body color. IMO it looks better that way - especially with a black radiator.

If you want to be "correct", that could be tough. There was a lot of inconsistency back then.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
137 Posts
ekbeanctr said:
I am getting ready to paint the doghouse on my 69 GTS and I know the engine compartment and outside of the wheel wells are the body color, BUT what is the color of the front of the radiator support (behind where the grill goes)??  Is that black or the same color as the rest of the car?

Thanks
Ernie
its the same color as the rest of the car only when the car is painted black %) lol
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
62 Posts
unless your doing a 100 point resto- just dooing a nice street car I say do it how you like it- I've seen it both ways and heard from "experts" on the only corect way, but theres so many differences in the world of mopars- Just decide if you want to see color or black behind your grill- after all its your car!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
392 Posts
All of the B bodies I have owned or seen that were original had the core support painted flat black on the grill side and behind the head light buckets too. The engine compartments were body color and the area inside the front fenders were body color with a black undercoat sprayed in a pattern around the upper control arm area. I have seen A bodies with and without the same blackout treatment, so it makes me wonder if it was done both ways on the A's ??? If it was me I would paint the core support and the area behind the head light buckets, and the area inside the front fenders ( the undercoat pattern ) semi gloss or flat black.
 
G

·
Same here. Both of my B-bodies had black behind the grilles. Both were original paint when I purchased them. My '67 was black behind the headlight buckets, but the '73 was fogged out to the buckets with a little over spray behind them but not fully covered.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
459 Posts
I bought my Demon from the original owner, it was black behind the grill...Car was gold...
 
G

·
I read some thing some where (mopar muscle ,mopar action) they painted behind the grill black on all cars exept black cars and dark blue cars.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
261 Posts
You are right churdmo, It was a article about the ten most common restoration mistakes. And one of them was painting the rad support the same color as the car. Unless it was a black or navy blue car. Darren
 
1 - 20 of 22 Posts
Top