Yesterday a day off work for errands.
Dropped off the single wheels at powder coater for blasting, priming, and color. A friend previously steam cleaned and degreased them. I removed the riveted on hubcap clips so a better job can be done blasting and coating. Later I’ll tap for 10-32 helicoil, install thread inserts, and use 1/4” 10-32 stainless button head Allen screws to reattach clips. Original was 3/16x3/8” universal head solid steel rivet, hole in wheel was to large for a #10 screw, #12 is not as common, and 1/4” would be extra large, thus the helicoil to get back to #10 screw. Clips are then removable and replaceable if desired.
Got to pick out a color, the color for the whole truck!
GMCs then could have wheels body color and I like that look.
Original color was red, (its blue now) and I like red, so one day it’ll be red again, starting with the wheels.
To find original color I removed the cowl vent, well protected from the weather and sun on bottom side. Cleaned, polished, and waxed some to reveal the true color.
Decided it’d be best to pick a good match to readily available powder coat color and later match paint color (body) to that, and if it’s ever so slightly not original color I’m not bothered.
Pictures attached, it’s a nice dark red, the powder supplier, Tiger Drylac, calls it “Ruby Red 39/30010 ” (Another supplier, same color name, is a different shade...)
Color chart, page 4, bottom left. http://www.tiger-coatings.com/filea...art/03_TIGER_Drylac_Essentials_Vol_2.pdf
Not sure what to do about hubcaps, I think white was original for 51, guess I'll see how they look on red wheels, if not a good look perhaps stainless if available.