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Appropriate paint color for front wheel of Model C

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01-05-2003 19:53:40

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I have seen many pictures of restored AC Model C tractors. It seems clear that the rear wheel rims are to be painted silver, but I see some front wheels rims painted silver and some orange.

My manuals make no mention of paint schemes. Can anyone settle this issue?

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01-06-2003 18:50:54

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 Re: Appropriate paint color for front wheel of Model C in reply to Mike, 01-05-2003 19:53:40  
Rear rims on the B and C were galvanized and are now painted silver or steel color. THe front rims were all orange. After they started building the D series, the rims changed to cream. Front of the B never had galvanized rims.

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Steve in N.J.

01-06-2003 17:38:36

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 Re: Appropriate paint color for front wheel of Model C in reply to Mike, 01-05-2003 19:53:40  
Every once in a while this wheel subject comes up. I think the reason why some folks paint the rear rims silver (at least on the B's) is because some came with galvanized rims. My B (1948) has galvanized rims on the back of it, and I painted my rear rims with a Stainless Steel satin finish after I got the galvanize smoothed out with 220 sandpaper. It looks real close to the galvanized, and not so silvery looking. But, like Rod says, to each his own. Whatever looks good to you. The fronts as far as I've read, most were all orange on the B & C. Although, they do look nice with the front rim part of the wheel painted silver to match the back. At the present time, I painted my fronts all Orange, but was thinking about doing the outside rim part with the Stainless as well. Steve B.

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01-06-2003 17:13:43

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 Re: Appropriate paint color for front wheel of Model C in reply to Mike, 01-05-2003 19:53:40  

With the restoration of my C underway, I've been looking to Guy Fay's book, Original Allis Chalmers 1933-1957, for some guidance as to what the tractor was supposed to look like. Page 125 of the book discusses the front and rear wheels of the Model B, C, and CA tractors. Apparently there was a wide variation in the front wheel color scheme of the model Bs (orange wheel with black rim, all orange, orange with one or two black stripes, and in the later years some were issued with aluminum rims. With regard to the Cs, he sort of drops the ball a bit and says that there was a variety of color combinations using all orange and an orange wheel with a silver rim.


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01-05-2003 21:08:48

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 Re: Appropriate paint color for front wheel of Model C in reply to Mike, 01-05-2003 19:53:40  
Factory paint was Persian orange. Purple, green, aqua, fuschia- just don't bring it to a show and blame it on AC. Sort of like that $25,000 model on e-bay last year with all the black accents where they didn't belong(might be the only one in existance!).

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Rod (NH)

01-05-2003 20:02:22

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 Re: Appropriate paint color for front wheel of Model C in reply to Mike, 01-05-2003 19:53:40  
Front rims should be persian orange (#1, so called). Rear rims should be the same, not silver. See link and scroll down.

In the end though, it's whatever you find most appealing. It is, after all, your tractor.


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