[ROVERNET - UK] 30s Radiator Grilles

Mike Maher michael.maher at virgin.net
Sat Oct 15 19:55:26 BST 2005


My Grille is painted in ordinary silver grey wheel paint used to repaint
standard steel wheels on cars of 70's/80's.

I finished it with a couple of coats of clear lacquer.

Hope this helps

Mike Maher
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Gale" <agale at iinet.net.au>
To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2005 2:40 AM
Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] 30s Radiator Grilles

> I am told by "the two Mikes" (Couldry and Evans) that the standard
> colour for 30s radiator grilles was a light "metallic" grey colour,
> although notwithstanding, Rover would paint a car or any part thereof
> any colour the client desired.
> Can anyone please give me a colour match for this grey finish or paint
> which works best on this application?  From the pictures I have seen it
> is a gunmetal grey colour with a "rough" texture finish. It certainly is
> not a gloss enamel finish.  As you can see, I am hopelessly ignorant
> about this and am struggling for a description.
> My first thought was to paint it the same colour as the bodywork (which
> is a navy blue), but the contrast of the light grey appeals.
> Project update:
> Engine is nearly finished.  The rocker shaft is hopelessly worn, so a
> new shaft and bushes are on their way.  Crankshaft now spins beautifully
> in the bearings and the big ends are a work of art.  Nice abstract
> material for photo study.  Can't wait to drive her and feel the
> Radiator surround back from the platers and looks immaculate (hence
> desire for a proper and good finish for the grille), rear badge
> re-enamelled and looks wonderful.
> LH rear mudguard replaced (it was more bog than metal) and having
> removed both have spent weekends wire brushing rust and re-painting
> under the rear section of the body.
> All brightwork back from the platers and re-fitted with the exception of
> the luggage rack (more relief packages from Britain).  Bonnet grilles
> and off to be re-painted as are the window surrounds.
> Anticipate having her back on the road by the end of November, so have
> made a couple of tentative rally entries for December: though she will
> be a slowpoke while the engine beds in and even afterwards because of
> the conservative diff ratio.  After about 1,000 miles plan to re-asses
> the car with a view to fitting a better ratioed crown wheel and pinion.
> Current ratio of 4.88:1 gives 16mph/1,000 revs.  Therefore 60 mph is
> 3,750, which is probably a bit much over long periods of touring for an
> engine with direct poured big ends. (Yes, I want to be able to cruise
> comfortably at highway speed).
> Unfortunately the Rover 10 diff is a unique unit and there are not
> interchangeable parts.  So it is either fit a complete unit (and only a
> few have the correct width and apparently are as rare as) or get the
> gearing made up.  Both appear to come in at around the same cost, so I
> might as well stick with the overhauled unit I have.
> Alan Gale
> (considerably poorer but a damn sight happier)
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