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dashboard plastic 1940 160
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Bradford B. Owen Jr.
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Can anybody point me to color charts showing the original dashboard plastic colors offered for a 1940 160? I've seen some wild colors at shows and I see that Lavine offers a diverse palette of plastic colors that they call "Packard" colors. I've made the molds and the solid colors are fairly easy to make. Unfortunately, mine is the "fudge" color and I'm not having much success reproducing it, so I want to know what other colors would be accurate! I also have the same question concerning the steering wheel, although I'm pretty sure I've duplicated the color on mine.

Posted on: 1/9 15:12
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Re: dashboard plastic 1940 160
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LaVine acquired this business from Jerry of Yesterday's Radio, who developed the tooling and color matches. From what I've seen over the years the matches are good.

The semi-translucent marbling I've only seen in original pieces.

Posted on: 1/9 15:22
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Re: dashboard plastic 1940 160
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Bradford B. Owen Jr.
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I remember when Jerry told me he was going to retire - he gave me some good tips! However, I have trouble thinking that some of the colors LaVine shows apply to 1940 - maybe they applied to 1941. I am embarrassed to ask them about it since I'm making my own (I'm on a budget, and I like the challenge!) Just hoped somebody had original color charts, or better yet an idea of how to get that great marbled effect of the "fudge" that was in my car. And I've always restored my own steering wheels - which in my car was not marbled, but a sort of ugly caramel color. Does anybody know if the steering wheels ever originally had the marbled "fudge" color?

Posted on: 1/9 18:37
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