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SergioG
02-12-2017, 01:58 AM
I've been doing some research on what the factory color was on the engine blocks and head covers for the 1948 Champions. I can't find a good reference that clearly indicates the factory color on those engines.

My engine seems to have no color at all. It looks like its bare metal (or maybe its a wasted brown color), which makes me wonder...did the color just waste away or was it simply plane metal?

Thanks,
Sergio

TWChamp
02-12-2017, 07:12 AM
Your engine should be a nice olive green.
My neighbor's 1950 also has no paint remaining on his engine.
My 1950 was restored 22 years ago, and I'd like to find an exact match to touch up some green on my engine.

Corvanti
02-12-2017, 11:50 AM
S.I. (and other vendors) have the correct engine paint. S.I.#800254 for spray, #800810 for a quart can.

SergioG
02-12-2017, 10:44 PM
TWChamp and Corvanti, thank you very much! I'll look into the paint options at S/I.

Best Regards,
Sergio

TWChamp
02-13-2017, 02:11 AM
SI didn't have any engine paint when I stopped a year ago. Here's my engine. Does the SI paint match mine?

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S2Deluxe
02-13-2017, 11:23 AM
I've been doing some research on what the factory color was on the engine blocks and head covers for the 1948 Champions. I can't find a good reference that clearly indicates the factory color on those engines.

My engine seems to have no color at all. It looks like its bare metal (or maybe its a wasted brown color), which makes me wonder...did the color just waste away or was it simply plane metal?

Thanks,
Sergio

Could be your engine was once hot tanked and rebuilt by a CASO, who figured it wasn't worth springing for paint if it was just going to get covered with grease and oil anyway?

Mark

SergioG
02-24-2017, 12:10 AM
You know Mark...you might just be right. LOL!

SergioG
02-24-2017, 12:12 AM
Hi TWChamp, WOW! Very nice. My engine is a mess, but I just got the car, so I have A LOT of work to do! - Thank you.

studegary
02-24-2017, 01:20 PM
The color matched 30 weight oil of the time. I use green engine paint for Packards.

56GH
02-24-2017, 01:29 PM
[QUOTE=SergioG;1038331]I've been doing some research on what the factory color was on the engine blocks and head covers for the 1948 Champions. I can't find a good reference that clearly indicates the factory color on those engines.


My engine seems to have no color at all. It looks like its bare metal (or maybe its a wasted brown color), which makes me wonder...did the color just waste away or was it simply plane metal?

Sergio




When I rebuilt my 1953 Champion, I had a paint store try to match the olive green color with a custom-mixed enamel. Came out a litte darker than I anticipated.

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Bill L.

BRUCESTUDE
02-24-2017, 01:57 PM
The paint from SI is a good quality enamel, very durable!

Corvanti
02-25-2017, 01:45 PM
i had pics posted on another thread. here's before and after on the '40. spray paint from S.I.
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StudeRich
02-25-2017, 02:36 PM
Must be the lighting, Camera or something because this one does not show the correct Olive (Dark Avocado) Color, looks almost Kelly Green. The Before looks like '56-'57 Turquoise Green, it's not a "185" is it? :D

Post #5 Looks correct.

TWChamp
02-28-2017, 07:02 AM
Here is my neighbor's good original survivor 1950 Champion.
You can see what's left of the original engine paint still on the oil fill and near the center of the fan.
As Rich said, my engine is a good match to this original color.
I don't know where my paint came from when someone restored the car 23 years ago, but I'd like to find a match for it.

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SergioG
03-01-2017, 11:15 PM
Hi TWChamp, your neighbor has the good fortune to still have some color on his engine...below are two images of my engine and I can't find any color that resembles green (on the engine itself) much less a shade that I can consider original.

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As you can see, I have A LOT of cleaning and detailing to do. This car has a lot of dirt and dust all over it and the engine compartment is no exception. That said, the car is remarkably well kept.

TWChamp
03-02-2017, 03:32 PM
I just got home from checking a few auto stores to see if I could match the engine paint and the dash paint, but had no luck at all.

Someone said Rustoleum 7713 was a great match for the dash, but I carried my ash tray with, and it was way too dark.

SergioG
03-02-2017, 03:58 PM
Have you tried PPG Automotive Paint? They should be able to reproduce any original color for American cars.

skyway
03-02-2017, 05:16 PM
For me, the correct color is "Bell System" aka Bell Telephone truck green.
Agree that of those shown, #5 (and also the oil tube on #14) looks correct.

SergioG
03-04-2017, 01:32 AM
Hi TWChamp, may I suggest perhaps using one of those color charts - the accordion looking things from any paint manufacturer (I'm not sure what they are called other than a color chart)... Maybe you can simply match the right color and finish off of your neighbor's oil tube and send that to PPG. I'm sure they'll be able to match a color given a sample. In the very least, you'll get a color back that matches something you've already have seen on an engine.