I am in the process of restoring the mahogany firewall on my 1910 T, and I've used a beautiful cherry red stain by Laurel Mountain Forge. The JB coil box I have was previously restored and looks beautiful, but the stain is more of the traditional brown. Should the coil box color match the firewall?
A lot of restorers strive for that, but I don't think it was ever an issue with Ford.
3 or 4 company's making coils and boxes, someone else making firewalls. Each lot of stain is different and each Co has there own mix, I would think it would of been unlikely that they would match.
I guess that makes sense about the various suppliers and the color variations, but I think the colors on mine are a bit too drastic- what do you think?
I’d tend to agree with RV...two different sources two different colors.
The other thing to consider is the base wood...unless the veneer and the box are the same material, you get two different colors with the same stain...unless (again) you use a spit coat of shellac to seal the surfaces a bit and use the stain more like a glaze
If you look under the switch on an original 09-10 Kingston box, the surviving finish is more of a deep brownish orange than red, very similar to the color on Bill's box. I'd bet it was originally an orange shellac. If so, then it's possible that the dash used a similar finish. However, the later boxes (1912 and later) do have that deep, slightly purple, red, and surviving firewalls, under the steering column flange and the brackets, show that same blood red color. They may be stained and clear coated. I've never had the opportunity to test one to find out.