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Apis_Mellifera
Apis_Mellifera Reader
9/18/14 5:35 p.m.

I'm near the end of a month long rebuild of the brakes on my MGA. I also decided to take the wire wheels off and convert the car back to "steel" wheels. I'm using Shelby wheels from an 80s Saab 900 (need one more). These were gold originally and were getting ratty. Here's my MGA in days of yore with the wheels:

Here they are stripped, which I kind of like:

I was going for the WRX look because I like the gold wheels on the red car. I used VHT Hi-Temp Engine paint in Gold Metallic, which Internet told me was a close match to the WRX color:

Looks pretty orange to me.

My garage hasn't recovered from the tool and parts explosion that took place following the complete brake and axle rebuild, so I have yet to paint and mount the new tires on the remaining three wheels.

I can't decide if I like the metallic "gold" (orange). My other color selections are:

Cast aluminum, metallic black, the metallic gold, and in front is a Toyota pearl metallic gold:

Any pennies to throw?

TeamEvil
TeamEvil HalfDork
9/18/14 5:39 p.m.

Whoa . . . way too cheezy looking.

Check out Metallic Desert Sand in the auto touch up section of your FLAPS.

It's a real close match to the color on the Cosworth Vega wheels, which is close to the color of the Panasports.

If not perfect for you, stay in the auto touch-up paint section until you find a color that is. That's were the good stuff is hidden.

jsquared
jsquared Reader
9/18/14 5:40 p.m.

The Toyota one looks close, but GrimmSpeed sells cans of paint that are supposed to be the same/closest to the BBS+Subaru gold wheel color.

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory SuperDork
9/18/14 5:42 p.m.

Lighter gold and you're... Golden.

Cone_Junkie
Cone_Junkie SuperDork
9/18/14 5:42 p.m.

I used the Grimmspeed BBS paint on these Volks. Love the color. It's about $12-$15 per can shipped.

mndsm
mndsm MegaDork
9/18/14 5:43 p.m.

I like it.

jsquared
jsquared Reader
9/18/14 5:46 p.m.

I just thought of an alternate, bronze. I have a dark red 240SX that I will likely get dark bronze wheels for... if I ever get it running before I sell it But I've seen some S13s and Z32s in the same OEM color with bronze wheels and they looked pretty good.

Mr_Clutch42
Mr_Clutch42 Dork
9/18/14 6:22 p.m.

I like the shade because that shade of gold is rarely seen on wheels or anything automotive, but I'm an oddball that actually likes orange.

Apis_Mellifera
Apis_Mellifera Reader
9/18/14 7:58 p.m.

Update with paint listed above:

Gold Lamé, Orange Toupee, and Silver Chauffeur. Not pictured: Martin X.

Not in love with any of them. I'm going to AutoZone tomorrow.

T.J.
T.J. PowerDork
9/18/14 8:03 p.m.

In reply to Apis_Mellifera:

Out of those three, I like gold lamé the best, but I'd keep looking too. Think more bronzy than gold.

T.J.
T.J. PowerDork
9/18/14 8:03 p.m.

In reply to Cone_Junkie:

Those look very nice. I like.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy PowerDork
9/18/14 9:13 p.m.

The silver has a more classic Panasport look to it.

JamesMcD
JamesMcD Dork
9/18/14 9:15 p.m.
Apis_Mellifera wrote: Not pictured: Martin X.

Polish with Johnson's Wax.

Woody
Woody GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/19/14 1:52 a.m.

Does Carrol Shelby know that you just used his name?

Wally
Wally GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/19/14 4:14 a.m.

I like the orangy one the best of the three but would look for a bit more gold.

Powar
Powar GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
9/19/14 9:02 a.m.

I still have that fourth wheel in my garage. $50 shipped and I'll do my best to get it packed up this weekend, or you're welcome to come pick it up. WV isn't TOO far away.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/19/14 10:40 a.m.

Those are too loud for my taste. I think the silver looks best.

BTW that paint won't last long because you didn't bake it, and the bake process would not be good for your wheels so....

TAParker
TAParker Reader
9/19/14 11:18 a.m.

I like 'em.....not too Orange to me

TeamEvil
TeamEvil HalfDork
9/19/14 11:44 a.m.

"Does Carrol Shelby know that you just used his name?"

I believe that his estate's lawyers have already sent out an invoice . . .

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
9/19/14 3:39 p.m.

silver or charcoal with polished lip. anything else is too modern a look for a car that old. IMO only. it's a cool car no matter what.

ncjay
ncjay Dork
9/19/14 4:01 p.m.

This may be too orange for most people. Your wheels aren't even close. Also might want to consider that after a bit of time in the sun, the color will fade a bit.

Apis_Mellifera
Apis_Mellifera Reader
9/26/14 7:22 a.m.

Here's the final color. Still not dark enough, but I'm tired of the car on jack stands instead of on the road.

fidelity101
fidelity101 SuperDork
9/26/14 7:46 a.m.

doesn't look orange at all.

bravenrace
bravenrace MegaDork
9/26/14 7:56 a.m.

In reply to Apis_Mellifera:

So what is that final color? I think it looks good, BTW.

Jerry
Jerry SuperDork
9/26/14 8:04 a.m.

What is this "orange" you speak of?

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