New paint and a mystery solved

All the "clear" parts of the car masked off and ready for paint, July 30, 2016.
All the “clear” parts of the car masked off and ready for paint, July 30, 2016.

George the touring car was feeling a bit underdressed in his well worn and tattered coat of ancient black paint (lets face it, the car was mostly rust), so we decided to freshen him up this week. Not wanting to lose all of that “patina” that neglect had worked so hard to develop over the years, we settled on a coat of gloss clear. Not wanting to offend the car and go against its maker’s vision of the Model T as a car for “everyman”, I settled on a nice clear tractor and implement topcoat from the local farm supply store. Emily helped me mask the windshield, and the paint was applied with an ancient air spray paint gun that I got at an auction last year for $2.50.

My precision paint applicator.
My precision paint applicator.

All in all, the results were quite pleasing – what black paint that was left is nice and glossy and the whole car almost looks black from the right angle.

In other big news, we have finally figured out what George was the “Grand Prize” of. Turns out he was not a contest award, but a travelling beer advertisement. “Grand Prize” beer was brewed in Houston, Texas from 1935 to 1963. The enemblem on George’s rear door is an exact match for the “Grand Prize Pale Dry Beer” label. The question now is, why??

The "grand Prize" label on George's door.
The “grand Prize” label on George’s door.
A "Grand Prize Pale Dry Beer" tray for comparison (found the photo on the internet ).
A “Grand Prize Pale Dry Beer” tray for comparison (found the photo on the internet ).
George showing off his new paint.
George showing off his new paint.

Leave a Reply