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1945 Allis B Color Scheme

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05-01-2008 09:59:53

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I am doing some minor maintance on my 1945 B. I hate to put stuff back together when I have an opportunity to repaint parts. Specifically, what is the original paint color for the generator, water pump,radiator fan, and air cleaner ?

They appeared to be painted orange orginally but I have seen some restored B"s on this site that had these parts painted black.

Also there is a number , appears to be a date on a small plate that is attached to the engine block near the generator. Looks like the manufacture date? 5 24 1945.


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05-01-2008 17:53:39

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 Re: 1945 Allis B Color Scheme in reply to carbonfibers, 05-01-2008 09:59:53  
All were ORANGE except the muffler and rear rims. Rear rims were auctally not painted at all, as they came as galvinized from the factory. Everyone just paints them silver because galvinized rims are very expensive.

Opps, ok, the generator and the starter are not inculded in everything. There is always a big debate about that. They must have switched the color sometimes because I have seen original (prooven, never painted) B's with both colors. Some say they did not paint them when they came from the DELCO/REMY factory, others say they painted them. I just painted mine orange to stay away from buying a different color paint then I had too.

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Jerry Coulter

05-01-2008 10:13:50

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 Re: 1945 Allis B Color Scheme in reply to carbonfibers, 05-01-2008 09:59:53  
From the factory, the muffler and rear rims were not painted Persian Orange #1, but everything else was. Replacement lights, generator and starter came black. I have never seen a date plate such as you describe, that is interesting. No paint on the seat cushion.

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ed in cny

05-01-2008 16:13:54

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 Re: 1945 Allis B Color Scheme in reply to Jerry Coulter, 05-01-2008 10:13:50  
Jerry, where did you come up with this info? If you could let me know great. I have seen them painted both ways and have never gotten a clear answer. I have pctures of the yard at west allis and see many AC B's in the picture but with black and white grey is grey. I am working on a book about the AC B and would like any info I can dig up. Thanks

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Jerry Coulter

05-01-2008 19:45:01

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 Re: 1945 Allis B Color Scheme in reply to ed in cny, 05-01-2008 16:13:54  
This is the best I can remember as we took them off the rail car and brought them here to the dealership. Of course, I was 60 years younger then. AC will be featured at the American Threshermans in Pinckneyville, IL in August, I'll take this up with some of the old timers.

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05-01-2008 12:27:42

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 Re: 1945 Allis B Color Scheme in reply to Jerry Coulter, 05-01-2008 10:13:50  
Thanks, that makes it simple.


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