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    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
    Best Regards,
    Sergio
    1948 Champion Regal Deluxe

  • #2
    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.

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    • #3
      S.I. (and other vendors) have the correct engine paint. S.I.#800254 for spray, #800810 for a quart can.
      Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

      '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

      '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.

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      • #4
        TWChamp and Corvanti, thank you very much! I'll look into the paint options at S/I.

        Best Regards,
        Sergio
        Best Regards,
        Sergio
        1948 Champion Regal Deluxe

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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            Originally posted by SergioG View Post
            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
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            S2Deluxe = (5H - C3).

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            • #7
              You know Mark...you might just be right. LOL!
              Best Regards,
              Sergio
              1948 Champion Regal Deluxe

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              • #8
                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.
                Best Regards,
                Sergio
                1948 Champion Regal Deluxe

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                • #9
                  The color matched 30 weight oil of the time. I use green engine paint for Packards.
                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                  • #10
                    [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.
                    Bill L.
                    1962 GT Hawk

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                    • #11
                      The paint from SI is a good quality enamel, very durable!

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                      • #12
                        i had pics posted on another thread. here's before and after on the '40. spray paint from S.I.
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                        Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

                        '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

                        '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.

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                        • #13
                          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?

                          Post #5 Looks correct.
                          Last edited by StudeRich; 02-25-2017, 11:45 AM.
                          StudeRich
                          Second Generation Stude Driver,
                          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                          • #14
                            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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                            • #15
                              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.
                              Best Regards,
                              Sergio
                              1948 Champion Regal Deluxe

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