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'66 Steering box/tie rod color?

What is the correct color for the power steering box and tie rods for a 66 Chevelle. I have access to the duplicolor brand if anyone has experience with this.
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What is the correct color for the power steering box and tie rods for a 66 Chevelle.
Power steering box = natural cast, with the covers aluminum.

Tie rods: natural cast.

Bolts: gray phosphate.

For natural cast I use Eastwood Spray Gray. For aluminum I use Eastwood Aluma Blast.

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Thanks for the pics and opinion. Appreciate it ! The eastwood is hard to get up here, but I will look around.

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Google MYSTERY CHEVELLE and check out Mike Crowns Danube Blue "66" if you want a good view of properly restored steering linkage.
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I use Dupli-Color engine paint in Cast Iron and the clear for the aluminum or anything else that doesn't get painted. Although the clear is a gloss. The gloss does tone down after a period of time.

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Seymour Paints makes both Aluma Blast as well as Cast Blast... I've had great results with both.

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Dupli Color engine enamel can be bought easier and cheaper than the Eastwood stuff. Use "Cast Iron" for the box and "Cast Aluminum" For the cover. Make sure it says Cast because they sell a regular aluminum which is not the same.
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Just an update. After 911 some products are hard to get and because of all the new regs companies cant be bothered with the extra hassles. This once again proves how these terrorists have impacted our world. I went with the Duplicolor "Cast Iron" and I am very pleased. The trick is 3 very light coats. Thanks to all my friends for the input. The next step is the spindles and tie rods! Are these the same color also??
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Just an update. After 911 some products are hard to get and because of all the new regs companies cant be bothered with the extra hassles. This once again proves how these terrorists have impacted our world. I went with the Duplicolor "Cast Iron" and I am very pleased. The trick is 3 very light coats. Thanks to all my friends for the input. The next step is the spindles and tie rods! Are these the same color also??
Simply put, "Yes". That's what I used.

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Just an update. After 911 some products are hard to get and because of all the new regs companies cant be bothered with the extra hassles. This once again proves how these terrorists have impacted our world. I went with the Duplicolor "Cast Iron" and I am very pleased. The trick is 3 very light coats. Thanks to all my friends for the input. The next step is the spindles and tie rods! Are these the same color also??
Thanks for the update I wish more people that have questions would answer back with their results
I have a can of paint that mimics cast iron and its some great paint but I haven't been able to find that same paint anywhere.I think I'll try the Seymour brand if I can find it.
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I am in Canada and trying to get certain paints or chemical products is a pain. Summit and others cant even ship them. Convenience sometimes dictates what we use. I will say I am very pleased with the Duplicolor line and I get it at my local Napa store.
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The next step is the spindles and tie rods! Are these the same color also??
'66 spindles and tie rods are both natural cast.

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As to 64-67 --

The tie rod ends are bare cast, but the "caps" or "plugs" at the ends are stamped steel. For a more detailed (and accurate) look, clean those parts with steel wool and WD-40, remove all the grease, and clear them. Then tape those parts off before spraying your cast paint on the remainder of the tie rod.

The tie rod adjusters are bare stamped steel.

The center link is bare metal, but it was "blued" like gunmetal, due (I assume) to some sort of heat treatment that they received. The center link has a totally different look from the tie rod ends. I concocted my own paint mixture to duplicate the look, using a dull silver base coat with a transparent blue tinted paint over top of that. It's a dead-on match to an NOS centerlink. I will try to locate some pics to post.

The entire hub and drum assembly on a drum brake car (everything outboard of the ball joints, including the spindles) was painted black as an assembly at the supplier plant that built those assemblies. (67 disc brake cars were not painted.) Yes, I know a large number of people will now reply that that cannot be correct because they've seen 10 thousand restored cars with the spindles and drums bare. But black painted has been confirmed on numerous low-mile unrestored survivor cars. The factory paint was low quality thin oil based paint so tended to easily "wash" off with road grime and brake fluid leaks over time. So it is understandable that folks in the 80's/90's who restored worn out high mileage cars did not find much if any black there. Then a few people show very nice restored cars that way, then it becomes the "bible" of how original cars supposedly were. But only an unrestored original car can tell you what finishes were on these cars when new!!

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pics. Note different "cast" parts have different finishes. That is because these were all cleaned then cleared, not nuked with cast blast paint! Different shades are due to different metal content when cast, I assume. All inspection marks are exact duplicates as per original and/or NOS parts. Note the paint marks on the spindles and steering arms are machining inspection marks, on the parts before they were bolted together, so they are not slopped on top of the nuts the way many restorers do it. Castle nuts with cotter pins did not get installation paint marks because the installation and bending of the cotter pin established they had already been torqued, so no need for a paint swipe.
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pics. Note different "cast" parts have different finishes. That is because these were all cleaned then cleared, not nuked with cast blast paint! Different shades are due to different metal content when cast, I assume. All inspection marks are exact duplicates as per original and/or NOS parts. Note the paint marks on the spindles and steering arms are machining inspection marks, on the parts before they were bolted together, so they are not slopped on top of the nuts the way many restorers do it. Castle nuts with cotter pins did not get installation paint marks because the installation and bending of the cotter pin established they had already been torqued, so no need for a paint swipe.

Awesome pics, Jeff. Thanks for posting. I'm at this point of my '64 2 door wagon resto & this is helpful. Wondering if your sway bar is phosphate plated? If so where do you get your phos plating done?

Also, your tie rod adjuster hardware looks zinc plated. Are the photos playing tricks with my eyes?

Thanks!

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