Cowl Filler Caps - Paint Colours

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23 Nov 2016 08:09 #31931 by Terry Cockerell
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Checking out some pictures I took in Auburn in 2011 I noticed that the water cowl filler cap on one really nicely restored Westchester was the wrong colour. I had not realised this at the time. The cap had been painted white or off white during the restoration.
Earlier this year when my flip up lid was opened for the first time in over fifty years we found the original caps still in place with some of what I would expect to be the original paint. The flip up lid had been sealed over with lead. The water cap was originally cream and the oil cap was green.
I was able to match the cream but had to settle for a slightly different shade of green using off the shelf spray paint cans.
Hopefully this will be of some help to others with early production Cords.

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24 Nov 2016 04:57 #31935 by mikespeed35
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The way they were safety wired if one came off it would also remove the other?
Cordially Mike

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24 Nov 2016 07:09 #31936 by Terry Cockerell
Terry Cockerell replied the topic: Re: Cowl Filler Caps - Paint Colours
I don't know Mike. It was a wonderful surprise just to see them there when the lid was finally opened.
It seems strange that the caps were left in place so long ago. It would have been simpler just to throw them away. Who ever did the job may have been thinking about the future.
I intend to re-establish the cowl filler pipes but block them off internally.

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24 Nov 2016 16:18 #31938 by pfree3233
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They may have been wired so they wouldn't be lost when removed. The thought may have been it is easy to lose one but if wired together you wouldn't lose both. Just a thought.
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31 Dec 2016 16:59 #32141 by 1748 S
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Why was the weld done to those places in the hood seal area lip? This interests me very much. Kind of wondering this was to keep the metal from warping when the leading was removed. BTW nice find under the lip too.

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02 Jan 2017 02:11 #32147 by Terry Cockerell
Terry Cockerell replied the topic: Re: Cowl Filler Caps - Paint Colours
The holes were filled in simply because the nails originally driven in to hold the seal strip had dented the surface.
I intend using special stainless steel items that have a thread and nut but look like flat head nails when fitted. I will be drilling new holes and fit the nuts from inside the cowl.
Actually the rust and body repairs are just about completed so I hope to have the car painted soon. Then I can start to reassemble it all.

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