[concours] RE: color questions

On a 1969 Series II E-type 2+2 I have seen the diaphragms (I think that is
the right term) on the bonnet that are in the forward part of the wheel
wells and are basically behind the headlights painted both body color and
black. Anyone know which is correct?

I have also seen both colors on the slanted (but basically vertical) side of
the floor pan below the outer sill. I have also seen them both smooth and
undercoated. Anyone know what is correct there?

As always, thanks in advance.

Regards, John Walker

John,

In both instances, I believe it is generally accepted that the car was painted
on a rotisorie (even if I can’t spell it), such that the fully assembled bonnet
and body would have had everything in body color. This, even though there was
undercoating applied to certain areas of the underbody (inside wheel wells,
floor pans, etc.). The somewhat odd exception to this is the front mudshields
that were bolted on after the body was painted. Whether or not the body shop
managed to paint the parts I just mentioned (or even some parts that should have
been painted in the first place!), and whether or not the undercoating was
applied ex-factory is another issue. Safe to say that most of the cars I’ve
judged paint the headlight diaphrams and rest of the wheel wells body color over
undercoating. However, quite often these cars aren’t restored on a rotisorie and
they ignore the floor pans or cover up the overspray with black undercoating.

SK
62 OTS (painted on a rotisorie)

“Walker, John JR SSI” wrote:> On a 1969 Series II E-type 2+2 I have seen the diaphragms (I think that is

the right term) on the bonnet that are in the forward part of the wheel
wells and are basically behind the headlights painted both body color and
black. Anyone know which is correct?

I have also seen both colors on the slanted (but basically vertical) side of
the floor pan below the outer sill. I have also seen them both smooth and
undercoated. Anyone know what is correct there?

As always, thanks in advance.

Regards, John Walker