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  • SergioG
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    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.

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  • skyway
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    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.

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  • SergioG
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    Have you tried PPG Automotive Paint? They should be able to reproduce any original color for American cars.

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  • TWChamp
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    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.

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  • SergioG
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    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.

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  • TWChamp
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    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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  • StudeRich
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    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, 12:45 PM.

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  • Corvanti
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    i had pics posted on another thread. here's before and after on the '40. spray paint from S.I.
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  • BRUCESTUDE
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    The paint from SI is a good quality enamel, very durable!

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  • 56GH
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    [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.

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  • studegary
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    The color matched 30 weight oil of the time. I use green engine paint for Packards.

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  • SergioG
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    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.

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  • SergioG
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    You know Mark...you might just be right. LOL!

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  • S2Deluxe
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    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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  • TWChamp
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    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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