Mid Century Cadillacs

General Category => Mid Century Cadillac Discussion => Topic started by: Lexi on November 08, 2018, 11:20:42 AM

Title: Throttle on firewall bracket 1956
Post by: Lexi on November 08, 2018, 11:20:42 AM
In the process of an engine rebuild so this is the time to detail the engine bay area. A couple of years ago I spun on a lathe a replacement bearing for the throttle pivot (on firewall) as the old rubber grommet and inner metal sleeve type bearing had popped out. Trying to put the old rubber one back in was like attempting to put the toothpaste back into the tube and also not worth it as the rubber was damaged.  Anyhow, time to put back to original so I went through my parts and found a few extra throttle bracket units but all were damaged in some way, except one. Curiously, the good one had remnants of ancient Cadillac engine blue paint still on it. The damaged units all appeared to be original zinc plated, and not painted. So I went ahead, media blasted, primed and painted the one good unit in Cadillac engine blue, (see image attached).

Probably should have checked here first, but were some of these units painted and others not? I think I have only seen non-painted ones, aside from this one in my parts. This unit looked originally to have been factory painted blue. I suppose it is possible someone painted it years ago, but I am inclined to think otherwise due to it's appearance. It sure looked factory to me. Has anyone seen a factory painted blue throttle assembly? See attached picture of my unit...(or am I going to have to strip it and start over), Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Throttle on firewall bracket 1956
Post by: South_paw on November 08, 2018, 06:28:27 PM
I haven't seen one painted blue before. It doesn't follow the assembly logic. Being that the part is part of the body assembly it is on a different assembly line than the chassis/engine is.  We must also consider that the engine is built and completed with paint before it meets the chassis. If it was painted blue, when did they paint it? As you can see in the attached pics, you can see that the bodies are fully assembled, hoses and all.   
Title: Re: Throttle on firewall bracket 1956
Post by: Lexi on November 08, 2018, 07:08:38 PM
That is what I thought Lou. Unless it was painted the same color of the engine bay which I think matched the vehicle's color, in this case cobalt blue. Like you I have never seen that before. If this was not factory painted then I suspect it was done by a previous owner probably in the 70s or off chance the 80s. It just had that look of originality to it. Right color and lots of vintage finish wear to it, hence my post. Clay/Lexi
Title: Re: Throttle on firewall bracket 1956
Post by: Roger Zimmermann on November 09, 2018, 03:23:56 AM
Of course, I saw less cars than you. Both '56 I have/had and the '57 Brougham had no paint on the assembly. A Lou wrote, it's make no sense from the assembly process to have this bracket engine color painted.
Title: Re: Throttle on firewall bracket 1956
Post by: Lexi on November 09, 2018, 10:47:46 AM
I have never seen a painted one either, other than this spare which I never saw the car it came from. Thanks guys. Clay