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Offline S Passmore

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1940 Cadillac Coupe
« on: July 20, 2013, 09:16:52 AM »
How were the two tone colours separated on the 1940 Cadillac coupe?  anyone know? as there's no clear defining body lines or trim to work to.  Anyone have any pictures?
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Offline Brad Ipsen CLC #737

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Re: 1940 Cadillac Coupe
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2013, 01:47:35 PM »
Steve,

On page 26 of "Cadillac's of the Forties", by Roy Schneider both a two tone coupe and sedan are shown.  The break line is clear except for around the front windshield post where only the start of the break line is definite.  It follows the body break line just below the bottom of the side windows.  Congratulations on getting a 40 coupe.  What colors are you thinking of?
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Re: 1940 Cadillac Coupe
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2013, 03:03:05 PM »
Thanks for that Brad, I actually have that book in the library somewhere so I must dig it out.  I'm still thinking about colours, Its two tone at the moment, black with just the roof white.  it was Oxblood maroon originally but these cars have large slabs of panel with no trim so I'm browsing the two tone option. What do you have on yours?
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Offline Barry M Wheeler #2189

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Re: 1940 Cadillac Coupe
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2013, 08:24:42 PM »
You ought to see the "break" on the 1940 LaSalles with fenders matching the roof...

One of our members in VA has such a Series 50. The roof is no problem as both Series cars have creases in the doors and around the rear, and the rear fenders also have no problem. But, on the front fenders,  the factory continued the fender color up the side of the center grille and cut off at the top of that piece of sheet metal. (just under the hood.)

There are enough documented SO cars listed in the LaSalle book with fenders matching the top color that evidently, this rather bizarre division of color was acceptable. Why the paint department couldn't have fashioned some kind of masked off template to use following the normal line of the front area of the fender, I don't know.
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Re: 1940 Cadillac Coupe
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2013, 01:29:26 AM »
I've always wondered why Cadillac didn't create a crease or something to make it easier for their two tone options.
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Re: 1940 Cadillac Coupe
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2013, 11:35:57 AM »
I have a 1940 coupe also, but in my case with sidemounts (which I don't favor much). I will most probably go monotone metallic gray (don't recall the name now), from an originally black car, but it is still patiently waiting in line for it's turn.

I am computer illiterate, but if this works, I should be enclosing a pic of the coupe from the book "Cadillac of the Forties". That is the only "original" pic I have seen of a two tone car, and of course I don't really know if it was originally suplied this way by Cadillac or if it was it's owner's choice at some point in it's life as it doesn't appear to be a factory pic.

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Re: 1940 Cadillac Coupe
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2013, 11:42:43 AM »
By the way, Eric Quarnstrom was compiling a registry of these 40-6027 coupes. Was your car listed at his registry? I can't find his webpage any longer but I do have his contact info. In case you want it, please contact me off line at vmilkeg at paniplus dot com dot mx.

I do have many pics of several coupes that I can share also.

Victor
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Re: 1940 Cadillac Coupe
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2013, 04:43:19 PM »
This is the "right" way to two-tone your car. You could also paint the fenders to match, but usually that is best if the colors are similar. By the 1940s, fewer cars had the fenders and roof painted to match. If you have the LaSalle book, you can check to see how many different cars were done that way. (I had commented on this earlier in the thread.)
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