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Old 12-28-2012, 10:32 PM   #1
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I'm surprised this hasn't come up before, and believe me I've looked...

Let's see some pics of all different '32 models - roadsters, coupes, tudors, four doors in stock colors...with the moulding and pinstripes too

I found this list of colors...

http://www.tcpglobal.com/aclchip.asp...-ford-pg01.jpg



I'll kick it off, with this Washington Blue 5 Window (not my car)


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Old 12-28-2012, 11:42 PM   #2
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Maroon and black and the two Winterleaf browns.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:50 PM   #3
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A better representation of the maroon color and metallic gold pin striping on the same car.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:16 AM   #4
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This is our Washington Blue 1932 3/W Coupe with Tacoma Cream pin striping
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:27 AM   #5
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That did not work on that photo try again
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:31 AM   #6
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Here is a Brewster Green with silver pinstripe Model B Roadster.

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:25 PM   #7
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I love Washington Blue but since it was already posted I'll go with this one:

1932 Ford B400 Convertible Sedan
Tunis Gray, Old Chester Gray, Tacoma Cream Stripe

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:55 PM   #8
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This brings up a question I have been turning over in my mind. I am building a 32 Highboy Roadster and was wondering what a colored body (other than black) and black frame and running gear would look like.

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:09 PM   #9
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My thoughts exactly, black is my fall back color, but it's always handy to actually see pictures of the different models in stock colors.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:18 PM   #10
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Is the color list provided correct? Ive seen another that listed cardoba grey too.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:24 AM   #11
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Was the darker Winterleaf Brown only used on the molding?
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:02 AM   #12
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Yes, Winterleaf brown - dark was only used for the mouldings and rear wheelhouse exteriors. No, cordoba gray is a '34+ color, not a '32 color.

The photos cover all the colors except black and emperor brown, light and dark, which replaced winterleaf brown, light and dark, in September, 1932. The two Brewster green (light and medium) and Old Chester gray and Tunis gray colors were also available in the opposite order shown in the above photos.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:12 AM   #13
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Please post a picture of emperor brown light with dark reveal.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:35 AM   #14
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MAC's has a color chip book that has mixing instructions etc. It is much better to see an actual car for perspective.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:32 PM   #15
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I can't recall ever seeing a '32 with the Emperor brown colors, original or restored. The photos below are of three large period color chips (Acme Lead) of the three Emperor browns used by Ford on late '32s and on early '33s. The top and bottom chips are the light and dark versions used on late '32s and the center is the medium used on early '33s (discontinued in May, 1933).

While I believe the medium and dark color chips to be accurate representations of the original colors, I have serious reservations about the light color chip's accuracy as it seems to have a green caste to it (almost like what a light Tunis gray might look like).
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:24 AM   #16
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Emperor Brown



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Old 01-01-2013, 01:57 PM   #17
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Monty 150,

That's a real nice woodie in your photo, but no, it is not mine. Mine is shown in my avatar and in the larger photo below.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:33 PM   #18
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We all know that relying on paint colors from photographs is a tricky business at best, given all of the variables that may impact color in a photo. For example, in the photos of the two station wagons shown above, both photos would appear to have been taken at midday in sunlight. If all other things were equal, one likely would conclude that the two browns are not the same and that perhaps the first photo is indeed one of the Emperor browns (likely medium, the '33 color), which lack the umber tone of Winterleaf brown - light, which is evident in the color in the second photo.

According to the period Acme White Lead and Color Works' (Detroit, Mich.) formulas on the back of their large color chips, Winterleaf brown - light consisted of 16 parts "basic tinting umber", 4 1/2 parts "white", 1/2 part "basic tinting yellow", 1/2 part "basic tinting orange", and 1/4 part "basic tinting black" (total 21 3/4 parts). By way of comparison, their formula for Emperor brown - light consisted of 16 parts "basic tinting black", 13 parts "white", 5 3/4 parts "basic tinting orange", and 1/2 part "basic tinting orange" (total 35 1/4 parts). Clearly these two paint colors were distinctly different from one another.

When Ford replaced the Winterleaf browns with the Emperor browns in September, 1932, their instructions to the assembly plants was to continue to use the Winterleaf browns until the quantity of paint left in inventory was consistent with the remaining requirements for use on station wagons. There must have been a fair amount on hand beyond the requirements for '32 station wagons as Ford U.S. was still offering the color on '33 export models. This helps explain why surviving original examples of the Emperor browns on '32s are so scarce. It also suggests that all '32 station wagons were originally painted in winterleaf brown - light, except those sold to large fleet accounts which could specify any color they wanted as long as the type of paint met Ford's engineering specifications.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:33 PM   #19
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Well, then what is the color code for Winterleaf Brown-Light?? and is a current formula available in modern paints? When was it's use started??
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:14 PM   #20
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The three-window coupe in the photo above is painted in single stage urethane from PPG using their catalogue color by name. Obviously it has been re-formulated several times from when it was manufactured as nitrocellulose lacquer. Your dealer may have to tweak the result from the PPG formula to get the right color. It was originally a '32-only color (and '33 U.S. exports).
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