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C3 Corvettes' undercarriage(chassis) factory color?


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#1 crowe-t

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:28 AM

Does anyone know what color the C3 Corvettes' undercarriage(chassis) was painted at the factory?  

More specifically the late 70's - early 80's C3's.

 

Was it in primer with over spray from the body or black?  If primer then what shade?  I think GM used a dark gray primer but I'm not too sure.

 

 



#2 Len Woodruff

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:41 AM

My 78 has the frame and components painted chassis black. The body floor is fiberglass but I don't see any over spray.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:15 AM

Len, What color is your 78's body floor?  Is it the color of the body or black?


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 11:11 AM

Well mine is 35 years old. But usually I paint those sections med to dark gray since that is the primer they used.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:14 PM

I'm going to agree with Len about the frame amd suspension.  This old post of mine might be of some help.

 

http://www.modelcars...=70200&p=869450

 

From everything I've seen, the fiberglass flooring left the factory raw (unpainted). 


Edited by Monty, 16 September 2013 - 01:17 PM.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 02:06 PM

Thanks guys!  

 

Monty, Your old thread was a big help.  I think a dark gray, like German Gray or Engine Gray, will do the trick for the floor pans.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 06:19 PM

Thanks guys!  

 

Monty, Your old thread was a big help.  I think a dark gray, like German Gray or Engine Gray, will do the trick for the floor pans.

 

Well...take another look at that '80 on the assembly line.  The bottom of the interior "tub" appears to be a lighter gray, and at this stage of assembly,  it's doubtful that any other painting will be done. 

 

Here's a pic from a '74.  Semi-gloss black frame rails and raw fiberglass.  If we're lucky, maybe one of our resident geniuses will show us how to replicate raw fiberglass in 1/25 scale. 

 vf_DSC01122.JPG



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 01:37 AM

 

...If we're lucky, maybe one of our resident geniuses will show us how to replicate raw fiberglass in 1/25 scale...

 

 

You need really fine strands of fibre so first shave a kitten...

 

Looking at that pic i'd stipple as many different greys as I had.


Edited by zenrat, 17 September 2013 - 01:38 AM.