The gold was matched to the paint found under the vin plate which had never seen the sun or elements. It is also the same as the gold found over the red base coat which was under the green base coat on the two earlier numbered 59's. I took pics of the parts while they were being bead blasted so this could be seen. Two of them were painted red then gold. They were then painted green and gold again. The oldest 91760602 was painted red then gold only. The gold paint had more of a copper tint on the older tractor. I believe it was because it was over the red.
I liked the shade of the early tractor so I matched that color. There was not enough area to get a color match. So how I did it was. I bought several different rattle cans of gold paint and sprayed test panels to hold next to places where the paint was still vibrant.
After I found the correct tone that matched the best I sprayed a test panel and had the paint color matched to that gold that I liked and seamed to look close. I did this at my friends paint shop and mixed a gallon.
I did over kill on the amount I mixed but I like the color and decided to go with it on both tractors. The rattle can that was the closest was "VHT gold Flake" over green self etching primer.some of the small parts are rattle canned . All parts have a light coat of cheap clear . The tractors will be clear coated with euro clear as they are completed.
I know they will be extra glossy but they are mine and that is what I want and what I am doing. All the decals are made even the warning and instruction decals.
The bolts on the oldest tractor all had TR embossed on them and were not zinc coated. I am reusing them on the tractor I am keeping and they will be cleared after final assembly.
The blue paint you see on the wheels is not correct none of the blue parts were painted yet. I will do them all at once when the decks are being restored.
I will make a resto thread when they are done. It is taking longer then I thought due to other projects . I wanted them done for Jacktown show in June but my sons race tractor needs to get done for a race on June 14th. It will be cutting it close. The Little " Falls" is on the back burner and the fire is out for now