I was always of the impression that when painting the Model T in a color other than black, everything above the plane of the splash shield and hood shelves was painted the body color and everything below the plane was black.
I saw on another thread where the radiator apron below radiator on a 1926 was painted the body color. The 1926 has a chrome or nickel strip that is meant to connect the two vertical curved chrome or nickel beads running down each side of the radiator shell to tie the two together and give the impression of a chrome frame around the radiator.
By the same token being located below the plane discussed above, the apron itself serves to tie the two fenders together and so, should be black as shown in the attached photos.
We always say it is a person's car to paint it as he wants, but there is a right way and a wrong way, as is evidenced by our many discussions as to how things should be done as Ford originally intended.
Regardless of what is correct, I think the chrome apron looks the best. Just my opinion.
Looks like black on the brochure pictures:
Black painted radiator apron is factory, never body color as long as the body is black! .
And the trim strip is supplied in nickel when the optional on open cars nickel shell is added.
Thank you all for the additional documentation. Jim Patrick
Esthetically the apron should be the fender color, as (was noted earlier) it ties them together. I saw the photo in the other thread with the body color apron, and it just looked strange. But your mileage may vary, and there's no explanation for bad taste!!
(joke, son, I say that's a joke!)
I'm thinking of Kenny Delmar, and if you know what I mean without looking it up you're really old.
Steve. Can you explain further? At the risk of being out of touch, I've never heard of Kenny Delmar and am curious as to how he relates to this thread. Jim Patrick
Finally, something I'm too YOUNG to know!! Either that or I've forgotten. . . . .
The name isn't a familiar one here in Australia, so I decided to see what I could find.For what it's worth here is what I found. We are however, familiar with the cartoon character ( Foghorn Leghorn ).
Regards, John Page Australia