1957 factory body painting sequence

Joined
Nov 19, 2021
Thunderbird Year
1957
Any information on the factory painting sequence? The hood, deck lid and doors must have been mounted. Were the skirts installed when painted? Were the head and taillight windows installed?
 

sylvurhfox

Active Member
Joined
Apr 28, 2020
Thunderbird Year
1955
I had mine repainted a year ago and the doors, hood, deck lid were all removed. I also had completely striped the car so there was nothing but the body to paint. It is very time consuming but worth the time.
 
Joined
Aug 14, 2019
Thunderbird Year
1957
Proper re-paints are a different story. assembly lines were more concerned about efficiency and what would show. I'm sure somebody here has done a dismantle on original paint. Like tan lines you would see what was painted assembled or separately.
 

jack-in-sac

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Joined
Aug 1, 2018
Thunderbird Year
1957
Any information on the factory painting sequence? The hood, deck lid and doors must have been mounted. Were the skirts installed when painted? Were the head and taillight windows installed?
I would doubt that the skirts were installed due to the welting installed on the skirts. The head light and tailights are painted as is the body where they mount. Thes three items would then be installed after painting. It is notable about the headlight doors that the fenders often needed some massaging to fit the headlight doors. That does give rise to the on or off painting question regarding the manner of painting the headlight doors but not the other two items you asked about.
 
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