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Joseph P. Indusi

Door jambs on early 50's pickups

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I have noticed that on several restored Chevy trucks in the early 1950's that the door jambs are pinted a different color than the exterior of the door. In my experience with GM cars from this era, the door jambs are the same color as the door exterior.

Does anybody know the if these were originally painted with the same colr as the exterior or were the door jambs painted the interior dash color from the factory?

Thanks for any insights.

Joe

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From the '51 GMC pickups we have, any interior color stopped at the weatherstrip pinchweld. The door jambs were all body color.

Many times, you have to consider what would happen on the assembly line and how it would affect the finished product. The weatherstrip pinchweld would have been a natural seam that could be easily masked to spray the interior color (which I believe, at that time, was a standard color for all exterior colors).

The real issue would have been the doors themselves. To extend the interior color past the interior surface into the door jamb area of the door shell, for example. Our trucks were all black, so a darker gray seemed to be on the interior. One was originally green, repainted black in its later life, by the original owner. The "finish panel" was grained pressed board, surrounded by a steel frame for reinforcement, with metal grommets where the attaching phillips-head counter sunk screws attached it). The bottom of the door was the access panel for servicing the window regulator and other internal door workings.

I don't think they really got color-keyed interiors until the 1957 model change? (It's been "a while" since I've thought about those things!)

Just some thoughts,

NTX5467

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OK, thanks for the replies. ON most GM cars from this time frame I always see the door jambs the same color as the door exterior. Some restorations I have seen seem to paint the door jambs the same color as the dash and interior.

Joe

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