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1/8/14 4:10pm - Original Message: 'Egg crate question'
HighDesertDave
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Numbers matching 1972 350 4 speed, silver pewter body with blue interior

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Another new guy question, I'm seeing 72s' with the fender egg crate inserts in both body color as well as trimmed with silver or maybe chrome? Which is correct for my silver pewter 72?
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1/8/14 5:02pm - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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I've seen them in many various color configurations.  Going by memory (which sometimes isn't the greatest) I believe they came from the factory in body color for all three years ('70, '71, '72).  Without looking it up to be sure I think in '70 either the horizontal or vertical edges where sanded down to the bright metal shine.  Then in '71/'72 both vertical and horizontal edges were sanded down.  Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong.
 
"The Toy" was repainted "Resale Red" before I bought it and while the egg crates were painted in body color the edges were trimmed in black.  It has been on my to-do list to remove the black trim and have all the edges bright metal.


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1/8/14 10:42pm - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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Off the top of me head, they were painted body color, then the fins were cleaned down to the shiny parts, both vertical and horizontal, on all 3 years.

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1/8/14 11:51pm - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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When I ddi mine I talked to many people and got different answers from each of them depending on how theirs had been done. I would say I believe they are the color of the car as the ones I saw that look to have original paint were colored. Heres mine. I like the way they turned out.


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1/9/14 1:14am - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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Rodney....love that color. Is that your own custom color? Looks like a pearl tangerine....
I like the edges on the insert polished up. Looks sharp. Might not pop on a silver car though. Are those things cast aluminum or pot metal?


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1/9/14 10:29pm - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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A Google search found this (click here to see) which is supported by what I found on page 66 of the CORVETTE Restoration Guide 1968-1982 by Richard Prince.  Click on the Supporting Documentation link to see a picture.  If all the edges are painted use a paint remover so you don't harm the chrome plating on the edges.  And I believe they are a pot metal not aluminium.

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3/26/14 8:16am - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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Where can I get new egg crate vents at? I can not find them any where.
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3/26/14 11:49am - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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Contact Paragon Corvette and/or Zip Corvette . Both have good used stuff. Also try any of our sponsoring Vendors...ya never know until ya ask. Thumbs Up


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3/26/14 12:43pm - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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HighDesertDave said: Rodney....love that color. Is that your own custom color? Looks like a pearl tangerine....
I like the edges on the insert polished up. Looks sharp. Might not pop on a silver car though. Are those things cast aluminum or pot metal?


They are heavy.  I'd say pot metal.  By the way, just what IS pot metal, and why is it call such?


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3/26/14 2:29pm - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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F4Gary said:
They are heavy.  I'd say pot metal.  By the way, just what IS pot metal, and why is it call such?

I always thought it was a zinc and iron alloy but Wikipedia says:

Pot metal—also known as monkey metal, white metal, or die-cast zinc—is a colloquial term that refers to alloys of inexpensive, low-melting point metals that manufacturers use to make fast, inexpensive castings. The term "pot metal" came about due to the practice at automobile factories in the early 20th century of gathering up non-ferrous metal scraps from the manufacturing processes and melting them in one pot to form into cast products. A small amount of iron usually made it into the castings, but too much iron raised the melting point, so it was minimized.

There is no metallurgical standard for pot metal. Common metals in pot metal include zinc, lead, copper, tin, magnesium, aluminium, iron, and cadmium. The primary advantage of pot metal is that it is quick and easy to cast. Because of its low melting temperature, it requires no sophisticated foundry equipment or specialized molds.
I read somewhere else that it was called pot metal because it was a cheap alloy used for making pots.  I run into it a lot on my 1929 Chevy--it doesn't repair well and is used on the ignition and door locks to name a few...

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3/26/14 3:21pm - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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   There is a difference in the "Egg Crates"  The 70 had just a fin with no bottom ridge. Just flat to the back. The 71 & 72 had an edge, very slight not far from the top/edge of the outside. That edge was also chromed, the remainder of the unit was painted body color. I'm not at all able to post pictures, hope you can decipher what I mean.


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3/27/14 12:57am - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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Your timing is good. I was actually sitting on the floor next to my drivers "crate" and started picking at the edges with my fingernail. All edges vert and horizontal are chromed. Someone did a real crappy respray on her. Covered up the egg crate chrome as well as the stainless (or aluminum?) along the bottom of the windshield where it meats the fenders. Dopes. I found a couple cracks and bondo....so ya the paint job will be more work. Its not even in the planning stages....I wanna drive this car this summer not fool with it. Shoot, I've only owned it since Nov 26th with the only miles being the drive home when the truck refused to pull the trailer over the mountains....about 90 miles. So I'll strip the trim pieces before summer. 

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3/27/14 6:54am - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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On the '72, the metal along the windshield on the hood is SUPPOSE to be painted.


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3/27/14 12:00pm - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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Ya...the stainless trim along the rear of the wiper door should be body color, as will the two trim pieces on the tops of the fender edges/corners.  Thumbs Up




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3/27/14 8:01pm - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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Well the dopes that painted the car didn't paint the wiper door rear stainless...its all nice and shiny. I thought it looked proper and the fender extensions were incorrectly painted.....thanks for the info. She's just a mixed up muddled up shook up girl....(ok whats the from....?)

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3/28/14 12:10pm - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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HighDesertDave said: Well the dopes that painted the car didn't paint the wiper door rear stainless...its all nice and shiny. I thought it looked proper and the fender extensions were incorrectly painted.....thanks for the info. She's just a mixed up muddled up shook up girl....(ok whats the from....?)



OK You had to drive me crazy trying to remember that line - finally got it, Lola by the Kinks!

Couple of questions:

Rodney - the chrome trim on the horizontal fins does it go all the way to the right where they taper down?  I think they do but not clear in your pic.  Bubba also painted about everything 0n my car but the windows!

And Joel, the extreme edge of the stainless on the wiper door cover (next to the windshield) is not in fact painted, is it?  Not on mine and doesn't look like it in your pic?

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3/28/14 12:25pm - Reply: 'Re: Egg crate question'
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persico said: And Joel, the extreme edge of the stainless on the wiper door cover (next to the windshield) is not in fact painted, is it?  Not on mine and doesn't look like it in your pic?

Welcome back, Mario! Clap

 And yes, ONLY the very edge of the stainless is shiny, but not the whole piece.....I shoulda been more precise in the description...good catch! Thumbs Up




Iirc, they were painted like this to reduce the glare created from the shiny stuff right there in front of the driver's eyeholes.


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