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cyber104

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Factory color for steering knuckle / spindle assembly
« on: October 30, 2017, 04:29:58 PM »
Hi All:

I'm in the process of reassembling a completely new front sub frame and the suspension.

I have stripped bare, primed and painted the front sub frame in gloss black from Eastwood.  It's probably not the same as the factory finish which I suspect was more matte black but I'm OK with it.

However, after I cleaned up the steering knuckle / spindle assembly (am I calling it the right name) it looks like it was originally a grayish blue.   Does anyone know what the original color was? - before I paint them gloss black too lol.

Thanks,
Chris

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Re: Factory color for steering knuckle / spindle assembly
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2017, 05:06:24 PM »
That's correct. Often said to be bare cast iron, they were not and appear to be that light silvery grey paint.

Here's a NOS set showing the silvery grey shade:

NOS spindle 329349 329358 3 by Aus78Formula, on Flickr
NOS spindle 329349 329358 4 by Aus78Formula, on Flickr

And here's the originals off my 78. You can clearly see that the surface rust is only where the paint has worn thin and these also have the blueish tinge to them. The later years may even be a regular grey primer shot over them before machining just to prevent rust staining, it's a different shade to previous.

Spindles2 by Aus78Formula, on Flickr

In the end I just sprayed mine with a cast iron manifold paint, they are largely unseen and they looked good, only slightly more metallic than these photos. This is a spare from a 1970.

3963991 LH spindle restored 4 c1970 by Aus78Formula, on Flickr
« Last Edit: October 30, 2017, 05:17:07 PM by Aus78Formula »

cyber104

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Re: Factory color for steering knuckle / spindle assembly
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2017, 06:07:01 PM »
Yes - that bluish gray one looks just like mine.  I like the look of that cast iron manifold paint - I'll go that route.

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Chris

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Re: Factory color for steering knuckle / spindle assembly
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2017, 02:32:15 PM »
Not an exact factory match, but I used Eastwood Spray Gray on mine, along with all of the cast steering parts.

A little obscured here, but you can get the idea...


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Re: Factory color for steering knuckle / spindle assembly
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2017, 06:02:00 AM »
Wow - that looks great too!

I'm kinda sorry I painted my sub frame gloss black now - I really like the look of your satin finish

Re: Factory color for steering knuckle / spindle assembly
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cyber104

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Re: Factory color for steering knuckle / spindle assembly
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2017, 12:08:31 PM »
I ended up finding some machine gray at ACE Hardware - pretty good match with that bluish hue - but my gloss sub frame is blinding lol








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Re: Factory color for steering knuckle / spindle assembly
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2017, 04:02:02 PM »
That grey looks good. Make sure you take good assembly pics as no one will see them again!

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Re: Factory color for steering knuckle / spindle assembly
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2017, 04:20:04 AM »
LOL - yes I'm sure you're right about that

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Re: Factory color for steering knuckle / spindle assembly
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 06:45:10 AM »
I would get a can of cast blast and lightly go over that gray it will cut the gray/blue and the gloss and give it a dry look that may get you even closer to the original color.
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