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IRWIN ADLER

1956 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER ST. REGIS

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I recently purchased a 1956 Chrysler St. Regis. I need to redo the engine compartment. I need to know what finishes- flat, semi gloss, or gloss the various engine components need to be painted (firewall, fender wells, radiator, generator, shroud, etc.). Can you please  provide me with that information, or provide me with information on persons or organizations that  may have that information?
 
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Irwin Adler
802-362-1997
786-517-7002

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Mixed bag on that issue. When I did my St Regis I checked original cars, junk yards, asked "experts" , etc etc etc. As for fender sheet metal most were body color most of the way down trailing off to a grayish primer at  the lower sections. I did see a few painted all the way down. I painted mine all the way down. Firewall, body color to lower pinch weld trailing off to grayish primer. Your car, if "original", can be your guide.  Accesseries you cant go wrong with semi gloss black. Same with radiator, shroud and air cleaner. You can over restore with gloss and no one will care, your choice.............Bob

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I did my 55 Newyorker under hood in flat/semi gloss and it is a bi..h to clean.

 The next car that I did was in high gloss imron, that washes very easily.

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The is my wife's 1956 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country engine bay, which we detailed rather extensively when we got it. It may not be 100% correct, but I worked pretty hard to get the details right. I personally like the look of some semi-gloss parts and some gloss parts to add contrast. I figured that since the parts were all made at different factories then assembled on the car, they wouldn't necessarily match. The contrast also makes the various components stand apart and adds to the highly detailed look.

 

Hope this helps!

 

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This is my 56 St. Regis.. Done as close to "correct" as I could make it. likely still not 100% right but close enough for a Grand Nat award................Bob

 

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