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    1966 283 engine color?

    Hello all-
    I was wondering if anyone knew the correct colors for the 1966 283 v8. Its in a 1966 Daytona. Thank you!

    Eric

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    Gloss black I believe. Someone will hopefully correct me if I'm incorrect.
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    Yes black block and valve covers.

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    Cleaning up my "new" 66 Cruiser I found under the black engine paint Chevy orange. The paperwork I have found in the glove compartment gives me no doubt that I am the second owner & that the car is original. I suppose Studebaker painted the engines on receiving them from Mc Kinnon & then added the valve cover decal.
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    I was told be someone who worked at McKinnon's when they made Studebaker engines that they were painted black from the factory. I believe if you read Stu Chapmam's book he/it refers to GM painting the engines black including the valve covers with the exception of a few in the beginning (1965 models) when the valve covers were painted yellow. GM decided it was too much trouble to paint the valve covers another colour and painted the complete engine black. The exception was the dip stick, oil fill cap (orange) and the automatic transmission level stick (yellow or gold).
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    OPPS, it sounds like the engine number in your new Cruiser may not match the Production order or the Serial number sequence in the '66 Book Warren.

    No worries though, as the '65 and '66's are such great drivers they rarely end up as "Show Cars" anyway.
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    I had to smile at this thread: the 350 out of the 1974 Chevelle that I dropped into my 1962 Lark was a replacement motor (Goodwrench?) and is too painted black.
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    I'll see what the engine number is on mine. Not as easy to see as on the Stude engines. If it is in the sequence number then what?? its orange for sure underneath the black paint.
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    I think you know the answer to that Warren, if it is one of the "Studebaker" designated 283 Serials it must be the original engine, then you have to wonder if it was re-built and mispainted, then re-painted correctly or a fluke that actually CAME with a Red/Orange U.S. GM Engine.
    There are those right here on the Forum that still believe that some of the Engines came from a U.S. Engine Plant.

    If the serial number is a Chevy. then, it just got swapped for what was available at some point by it's original owner.
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    I broke down & got a pressure washer to clean up all the grime under the hood. I had to remove the a/c compressor assy today & finally got to see the engine number. According to the book "Studebaker: The Complete Story" 66 engine numbers started with 774600001. Mine is 776491095. The right starting number but? I havent gotten the production broadcast from the SNM yet but that will tell for sure (I hope!). Perhaps the engines from McKinnon were numbered for all their production & this sequence wasnt limited to Studebaker. We'd only wish they had made 91,000 283's for Stude in 66!!
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    62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
    62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed
    63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
    63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
    64 Zip Van
    66 Daytona Sport Sedan V-8 4 speed
    66 Cruiser V-8 auto

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    What? That's a difference of One Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, One Hundred and Nine (189,109) Engines!!
    Yikes, can you say: "Mass Production"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StudeRich View Post
    What? That's a difference of One Hundred and Eighty-Nine Thousand, One Hundred and Nine (189,109) Engines!!
    Yikes, can you say: "Mass Production"!
    It looks like a difference of 1,891,094 to me. Am I doing something wrong? Can you imagine almost two million V8 1966 Studebakers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warren Webb View Post
    I broke down & got a pressure washer to clean up all the grime under the hood. I had to remove the a/c compressor assy today & finally got to see the engine number. According to the book "Studebaker: The Complete Story" 66 engine numbers started with 774600001. Mine is 776491095. The right starting number but? I havent gotten the production broadcast from the SNM yet but that will tell for sure (I hope!). Perhaps the engines from McKinnon were numbered for all their production & this sequence wasnt limited to Studebaker. We'd only wish they had made 91,000 283's for Stude in 66!!
    Unless you transposed the "46" to "64", the number wouldn't be 91K, but would be 1.9 Mil.
    Since there were less than 9K Studebakers for 1966, both 6 and V8, it doesn't matter.
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    My mistake. The starting number is 776400001 although the book lists only the 283 V-8 with that numbering system.
    60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
    61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
    62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
    62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed
    63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
    63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
    64 Zip Van
    66 Daytona Sport Sedan V-8 4 speed
    66 Cruiser V-8 auto

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    Quote Originally Posted by studegary View Post
    Can you imagine almost two million V8 1966 Studebakers?
    Now wouldn't that have been a TREAT!!!

    Craig

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