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Chris_Dresbach
01-12-2011, 08:41 AM
I was looking at the engine in my '40 and am a little confused... Most of the stude flathead 6s I've looked at are painted dark green. However, my engine is painted dark blue. For a long time I thought the dark blue was incorrect until I was looking at some spray paint cans at SI and there were both engine green and engine blue. What I want to know is what is the correct color for a 6cyl (in a '40), when did the colors change, and why? I've heard that engines were painted green to hide oil that leaked out??? Oped to discussion. (and includes all stude V8s/R series)

skyway
01-12-2011, 12:30 PM
I believe that the correct color is olive green. A close match is the old Bell Telephone truck green.

Many old paint jobbers will still have that recipe.

2R5
01-12-2011, 12:42 PM
Chris , has that engine ever been changed?
If so you may have a 185 from the mid 50's , some years (like 56) were painted a blue.
Check out your serial number up on the flat spot at the front of the engine.

Chris_Dresbach
01-12-2011, 03:34 PM
Chris , has that engine ever been changed?
If so you may have a 185 from the mid 50's , some years (like 56) were painted a blue.
Check out your serial number up on the flat spot at the front of the engine.

It could have been changed, I don't really know. I do know it was at least out at some point because the tranny is not original. (It has a T-96 tranny, not original to any 1940) I thought the engine was supposed to be olive green (That still comes in rattle cans btw), but it's dark blue. I always thought it was a 170, but I would have to look closer.

2R5
01-12-2011, 03:46 PM
post the serial # and we'll see !

Chris_Dresbach
01-12-2011, 05:18 PM
post the serial # and we'll see !

The car serial # is G-41927. I would have to check for the engine number.

According to the build sheet the original engine number was 47436. I will have to check the car to see if it's still there.

Studebaker Wheel
01-12-2011, 05:35 PM
Chris; All were green from 1928 thru c1954. Do not use the blue in your '40 regardless of the engine number.

StudeMichael
01-12-2011, 05:56 PM
Paint it R3 red Chris and put a Paxton on it!

Chris_Dresbach
01-13-2011, 09:13 AM
Chris; All were green from 1928 thru c1954. Do not use the blue in your '40 regardless of the engine number.

That's the answer I was looking for! Thanks

tbredehoft
01-13-2011, 10:27 AM
C'mon, Chris, get the number off the block.

Mr. Quinn is right, paint it dark olive green, but know what it is.