A 1912 Touring has a dark blue hood and body...what is the correct color of the hood former...is it Black or is it Blue? I've seen photos that look to be either restored or maybe original examples, both ways.
Blue. Here's a close up showing the hood former and the hood.
Same color as the body.
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Blue it is then. I questioned whether Black may have been used so that this part was compatible for the commercial cars, especially the later 12 Delivery Car that had changed the lower body color from Blue to Black.
Maybe that's true for '12, but my '13s which was the same color as a '12 definitely had a black hood former, and so did my '13 roadster. Hope I didn't spoil anyones ideas!
'12 hood former was body color or black.
'13 hood former was black.
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I have to agree with Dan and Larry, The hood former on my 13 was black also as were the four metal stampings on the top of doors(one false) and body to firewall. Not the same Blue Black body color.
If some were Black and some were Blue, then the critical question becomes "which color scheme looks best"? I'm using the same Very Dark Blue, as per my Town Car, for this body, where the entire body is to be Blue.
Hello Bob Poane, Olivier Chamblaine, and other original 12 touring and Roadster owners: Do the hood formers on your original 12 Tourings still have evidence of what this original finish was? I'm speculating that these painted parts would have been dipped, where some of that early finish may still remain. My project still had the original paint under a later brush painted application, but was missing the original hood former when I received it.
Both of mine were dipped in black japan just like the fenders. Impossible stuff to get off.