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Windshield finishing trim '38 1608

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:33 am
by Bluedevil
According to the parts book, as best I can determine, the inside finish trim around the windshield, should be walnut. Mine is chrome. I am assuming that walnut is correct and that it is paint rather than real wood?

Thanks.

Bill

Re: Windshield finishing trim '38 1608

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:38 am
by Dave Czirr
I don't know what's correct, '38 was an odd year in that the dash/instrument panel was painted and not wood-grained. The wood-graining of metal is a multi-step paint and ink process, quite a few companies offer a restoration service, and you can also buy kits for it, from Grain-It as I recall.

This image from the 1938 Super Eight and Twelve sales brochure would say the windshield garnish moulding is wood-grained. But we need to remember these materials sometimes have a bit of artistic license in them and they were done and printed long before the first car ever came down the assembly line, so they are NOT proof absolute, you can only get that from an unmolested original car.