Paint Spec – August 2012
Paint System - MIPA - Two Pack totally none water base.
Colour - White 0802 Fiat / Alfa / Lancia 268A Bianco Bianco Standard
Underside of bonnet
Water shields for bonnet (to be fitted later)
Inside Boot except hinge panel (see white)
Top of Petrol tank under-tray
Inside of front inner wing panels
Front bulkhead passenger compartment side
Under front Scuttle panel & Dash fixing assy.
Inside boot lid including ash frame. Excluding aluminium side trims
Side screen storage area
Door lower inner panel Vertical & Horizontal
Inside Heater Blower box to be fitted under wing
Wing bottoms where exposed to road chips
Heater Blower Box / Front Cover to be fitted under wing
Outer sides of inner wing panels
Inside wings and splash panels
All underside body panels at rear
Bottom of petrol tank under-tray
Head Lamp Pods
Boot Rear hinge panel inc. side pieces
Boot lid prop support
Door front & rear shut face panels
Inside fuel filler and lid assy.
Number plate carrier - all
Front part of A Posts
Rear of B posts, drill and plug closed box after wax-oil injection
Inner side of splash panels
Inside sills including top section
Bonnet Catch Assembly
Bonnet and boot hinges
All suspension parts
All Misc. Brackets
The final decision on colour was made by simply looking at modern cars and choosing a similar creamy white that I think looked something like the original, which is described on the Heritage Certificate as Cream. This is contradicted by the first owner, Vernon Maitland, who is very definite that it was in fact white. According to Urs Schmid, Old English White / Cream was not a standard colour until December 1952 but the Cream / Ivory available up to that date is nowhere near the cars original colour so I can only guess that it was ordered in special colour. The obvious question at this point is how do I know what the cars original colour was?
Before the car was taken back to bare metal absolutely everywhere, I removed and retained the cover over the fuel filler cap and carefully sanded it back to reveal the cars paint history.
The consensus is that the cover (and presumably the whole car) has been repainted three or possibly even four times but always exactly the same colour, most likely Old English White.
Considering it was incontrovertibly only on the road from 1950 to 1965 this is remarkable. The last owners business was the supply of equipment and spare parts to Automobile spray shops which may or may not be relevant.
I will have the fuel filler cap cover finished over the previous layers of paint so that some future owner in another fifty or sixty years can have the pleasure of uncovering its paint provenance, probably using the accelerator mass spectrometer / carbon 14 dating app on their mobile device!
|Old English White as printed in Urs Schmids 120 book compared|
to my 120 fuel filler cap. Interesting how this colour looks so
different from the previous close up picture.
|Cartoonist Giles 120 in Old English White|
|Powder coated wheeles are matched to Fiat Bianco Bianco|
I'm probably a little over obsessed with this colour issue but this is partly due to my 140 being painted in a slightly different and unusual BRG 'hue' than I intended. Entirely my decision / mistake, but it's delicate olive shade has solicited a good many surprisingly positive comments - or are they just being polite?
Tuesday 4th September - ENGINE START UP DAY
With everything checked and double checked and my order of 15 litres of Millers SAE30 Running In Oil arriving this morning, it suddenly dawned on me that the moment had arrived, nothing left to do but push the button. I will cover the run up, the 'event' and the outcome in some detail in my next post.
The Eskdale Run - Sunday 3rd September.
This is organised by Teesside Yesteryear Motor Club (TYMC), the club that Jeremy Clarkson had a pop at a couple of years back, on his sometimes entertaining but mostly repetitive Top Gear show with the comment :
"How much do I not want to go out to dinner with anyone who is a member of that club.”
|Eskdale Run starting point, Middlesbrough Motor Club.|
Founded in 1905, it's most famous son being Freddie
Dixon of racing Riley fame.
|Typical view of the North Yorkshire Dales with the North|
Sea just visible over the horizon
Don't know about Jeremy, but this is just one of a whole lot of TYMC members I woudn't mind having dinner with. Bill Taylor bought this fantastic 1935 Type 40 Racing Spec Norton International when he was a teenager. Circa fifty years later he still push starts it (no kick start) before embarking on a 100 mile blast. The open exhaust 'blat' will have certainly curtailed a few Sunday morning sleep-ins.
Next Post - Mid September