Metalflake

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Gary Heliker's 1926 Ford Model-T roadster of Lawndale, California. Gary's roadster was supposedly raced as a modified at the dry lakes in the 1940s. This is how it appeared in 1962. By then it had received a Kandy Burgundy Metalflake.
Bob Nordskog's 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, The Asteroid, was restyled by Barris Kustoms in 1963 featuring a Copper Metalflake paint job.
Lars Erik Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford Roadster, of Huddinge in Stockholm, Sweden, was completed in 1963. In 1964 the roadster was repainted Marigold Metalflake.
Bengt Wennergren's 1949 Ford of Enskedefältet in Stockholm, Sweden. When Bengt bought the Ford, the rear end was already restyled by Leif "Grillkorven" Rose. The build was completed in 1963 featuring a Blue Metalflake paint job.
Bo Sandberg's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster, Purple Passion, of Stockholm, Sweden. The build was completed around 1965 featuring a Burgundy Candy paint over silver Metalflake.
Howard Gribble's 1961 Ford Starliner of Torrance, California was restyled by Carl Darling and Howard Gribble. The build was completed early in 1966 a green metalflake paint job
Bo Sandberg's Cool Cat. The Cool Cat was a customized Jaguar E-Type built by Bo Sandberg of of Yanke Customs in Älvesjö, Stockholm, Sweden. The build was completed in 1967, featuring a a red and pink Metalflake paint job.

The Metalflake was invented by the Metalflake Corporation of America. They came up with the idea of putting small aluminum flakes into paint. The problem was that nobody could get the flakes to come out of the gun in a smooth, consistent pattern. Dean Jeffries is known as the first person to apply a Metalflake paintjob. Jeffries experimented with the spray gun and managed the flotation of the flakes by working at a higher pressure. The first car he supposedly painted in Metalflake, and the first car ever to be painted in Metalflake was Dick Scritchfield's 1932 Ford Roadster.[1] That is not correct, as Dick Scritchfield painted the roadster in Metalflake himself. According to Dick, the Metalflake was painted in Eagle Rock, California, at a friend's body shop. Dick used two toners to arrive at the exact color he wanted. Rather than using gold Metalflake as base for the Candy Apple Red, Dick used silver Metalflake, with the final color coming closer to magenta or cherry red. After painting the car, Tex Smith thought it would be a good idea to drive the car down to Dean Jeffries for a photo shoot. As the photo shoot was done at Jeffries' shop, many thought it was Jeffries that applied the Metalflake on the car. That was not the case. In 2013 Dick told Kustomrama that "Dean was a great guy, and he could have painted it, but he didn't. It was at a time where I was learning and doing most of the work myself, since money was tight in those days."[2]


Metalflaked Cars

Bo Sandberg's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster - Purple Passion
Gary Heliker's 1926 Ford Model-T Roadster
Lars Erik Ljungkvist's 1932 Ford Roadster
Bengt Wennergren's 1949 Ford
Howard Gribble's 1961 Ford Starliner
Bob Nordskog's 1963 Chevrolet Corvette - The Asteroid
Bo Sandberg's Cool Cat


References

  1. Dean Jeffries 50 Fabulous Years in Hot Rods, Racing and Film
  2. Dick Scritchfield



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