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    What color is the engine, intake manifold, etc on the 51 Land Cruiser?

  • #2
    The engine block, heads, intake, bellhousing, transmission, etc are all green. Most all of the ancillary stuff is black.

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    • #3
      Sort of like this; with a couple of exceptions. To the best of my knowledge, Studebaker never used red heater hoses; and in this picture the intake hold-down clamps are black. They should also be green. The oil filter canister could have been either orange or black, depending on if it was factory or dealer installed.
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      "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

      Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      '33 Rockne 10,
      '51 Commander Starlight,
      '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
      '56 Sky Hawk

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      • #4
        Same green as the 57 259 or more olive?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tim333 View Post
          Same green as the 57 259 or more olive?
          The 57 was turquoise. 51s were olive. Just like the picture Brad posted.

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          • #6
            I used Detroit Diesel green in a rattle can for the 57, any suggestions for the olive?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tim333 View Post
              I used Detroit Diesel green in a rattle can for the 57, any suggestions for the olive?
              Studebaker International #800254, Green - 1954 and earlier. 12 oz. aerosol can, $13.75 per can. Page 180 in current catalog.

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              • #8
                Here is original olive green paint on my neighbor's nice unrestored 1950 Champion, and this is the same green that's on my 1952 Land Cruiser.

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                • #9
                  I bought the rattle can from Napa that matched my 57 that's why I asked for references for the 51, SI's prices are steep especially after adding shipping.

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                  • #10
                    I spend a lot with SI, get all my parts there except lubricants and soap. Lighten up. I'm not a wealthy man prone to spend triple for something, that's just plain stupid. I also automatically send my carbs and fuel pumps to Dave Tebo for reconditioning even though I have the ability to do them myself. I keep all my cars completely stock.
                    Last edited by tim333; 03-04-2017, 09:39 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Usually, you only get ONE chance to get it right while the Engine is out and or Disassembled to Paint it, so I would not go with the Wrong Color, better to wait for next Month's Income check to do it right if necessary.
                      StudeRich
                      Second Generation Stude Driver,
                      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                      • #12
                        The first time I was at Newman Altman was in 1971, when I got out of the Army. I bought some parts, and was told the reason for the olive drab engine color was that Studebaker had a lot of paint left over from war production. Can anyone else confirm this?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TWChamp View Post
                          The first time I was at Newman Altman was in 1971, when I got out of the Army. I bought some parts, and was told the reason for the olive drab engine color was that Studebaker had a lot of paint left over from war production. Can anyone else confirm this?
                          A South Bend urban legend. Stude was painting engines green from 1928 - 1954; many years before WWII.

                          jack vines
                          PackardV8

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                          • #14
                            Here is a '51 Commander 232; I used the enamel from S.I. Click image for larger version

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for that picture. That is a beautiful engine compartment, and the green looks perfect. I hope SI has some in stock when I return this year.

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