Resorcreating a WWI light patrol vehicle out of a 1915 with a wooden light open express body. I'll paint all the body wood the same OD green as the metal work. I'm painting ALL metal work OD green and not the frame black or axles black and the body OD green as was the procedure in later years. Although some parts may be a slightly different shade as the vendors supplied them, the vehicle will be OD green.
So, in this case, would ALL the wooden pieces such as hood shelves, running board and fender blocks, engine mounting blocks, etc., all be painted as well?
The set of hood shelves I got are stained a nice redish color and would show off that they were wood, but I don't know if on the actual 1915 they would be left "natural" or painted over black.
I'm presuming a military motor pool would just paint everything that moved OD green, but would like to hear what others think.
Thanks in advance.
Morning Robert, I'm doing my hood shelves right now and mine are also reddish as you said. Not much left of them, but I can see they were red to begin with. I'm making my from red oak and might just leave them their natural colour.
I'm thinking the general public does not ralize just how much wood was used in the Model T and leaving it bare wood or oil or stained a natural color would emphasize what was meatal and what was wood.
A bit of tin and a bit of board and that is how you make a Ford.