Author Topic: Were the '56 Cadillac "ram air" air cleaners stainless?  (Read 962 times)

Offline mechmitch

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Were the '56 Cadillac "ram air" air cleaners stainless?
« on: February 09, 2013, 03:40:22 AM »
I was refinishing my oil bath air cleaner top piece, the big twin scoop Cad/Olds type. After removing the paint on it, it looks almost like it's made of stainless steel. I even took a polishing wheel and some compound to part of it and it polished up fairly nice and left a heavy black residue on the pad. If this isn't stainless, is this some kind of galvanized finish?

Offline Walter Youshock

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Re: Were the '56 Cadillac "ram air" air cleaners stainless?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2013, 12:11:22 PM »
Pretty sure it's aluminum like the '57.
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Offline Quentin Hall

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Re: Were the '56 Cadillac "ram air" air cleaners stainless?
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2013, 05:58:04 PM »
It's mild steel. Or at least every one I have ever seen has been. Sometimes people chrome plated them to dress up the engine bay, but the chrome would never last long around the edges so subsequently they repainted them . Perhaps your finding chrome under the newer paint.
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Offline mechmitch

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Re: Were the '56 Cadillac "ram air" air cleaners stainless?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2013, 07:47:25 AM »
No, it was original paint and markings. I'd thought chrome too but it wouldn't have left residue on the polishing pad. Might be aluminum, I hadn't considered that. I'll hit it with a magnet when I get home

 

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