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Old 02-16-2021, 11:31 AM   #1
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Default 1931 Wide Bed Pickup Cowl band

We just got a new Cowl Band for this pickup, bright, shiny polished stainless steel. My customer tells me it should be painted! Before I scuff it and prep it for paint I want to make sure he is correct? Much easier to scuff than to Un-Scuff if he is incorrect. Also, if painted should it be Black or Body Color. He said he thinks body color is correct. Again, Thanks to all for your help. Don
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Old 02-16-2021, 11:48 AM   #2
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I just found this post. https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showt...ckup+cowl+band It answers my question. Scuffing will get done today!
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Old 02-16-2021, 12:07 PM   #3
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Body color is correct.
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Are u sure? Thought it was black to match shell lights etc
Didn’t look up shooting from hip
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You could be correct? Will be interesting to see what others say. Hard to tell from pictures on the internet. Most of the ones restored are done more by "owners choice" than by originality. Why do it wrong when it is just as easy to do it right??
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Yeah I had some pics from model a news that showed it black but things have been organized so well..... I can’t find them!
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Old 02-16-2021, 01:25 PM   #7
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The cowl band was originally painted body color . I would test fit before painting because if it is a reproduction cowl band it may not fit properly and need some work to make it fit if it will fit at all . Norm
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Are u sure? Thought it was black to match shell lights etc
Didnít look up shooting from hip

Yes, page E-88 of the Judging Standards.
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Thanks for the tip to test fit, typical repro! Logically, I think body color makes the most sense. The commercials bodies were made more for utility than beauty. It is probably more likely that they were assembled as completely as possible and then painted as a complete body unit.
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I didn't think to look at judging standards. So many updates I stopped getting the new ones. Mine are dated 1989, but sure enough page 15-1 says the cowl band was painted body color! Thanks again. Don Weir - Member in MARC since 1955 or '56. An original member of the Chesapeake Bay Region, now the Susquehanna Valley Region. Hope the memory holds up a little longer!
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Like The Rolling Stones said, paint it black.
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Old 02-18-2021, 01:35 PM   #12
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We just got a new Cowl Band for this pickup, bright, shiny polished stainless steel. My customer tells me it should be painted! Before I scuff it and prep it for paint I want to make sure he is correct? Much easier to scuff than to Un-Scuff if he is incorrect. Also, if painted should it be Black or Body Color. He said he thinks body color is correct. Again, Thanks to all for your help. Don

As others have posted, cowl band should be body color. IIRC, originals are plain steel, not stainless. AFAIK, they are not reproduced in that metal and are hard to find.
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