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LostDeere59
Posted 2018-06-14 3:03 PM (#565148)
Subject: Opinions on engine/bay colors



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So, I'm collecting parts to do some maintenance/upgrades on the 361 in my 60 Desoto. While I'm about it I thought I would do the clean/paint/pretty thing as well, so I did a little research to find out what the original color scheme in the engine compartment would have been.

It appears that the entire engine compartment (firewall, inner fenders, rad support) should be body color, and the entire engine should be silver, with various components (air cleaner, generator, brake booster, etc) in black.

My car is white (cream actually) which is not the original color, and the engine compartment has been painted black.

At some point in the future I might change the body color again (still not original) and also upgrade the driveline - if I do then I'll consider repainting the engine compartment body color at that time.

For now though I'd like to paint the engine, and to be honest while the silver has some appeal as original, it really doesn't excite me. I guess it's my muscle car roots, but I tend to prefer engines in colors like red and orange and blue.

I've seen Forward Look cars with the engines done in the Chrysler turquoise, and don't much care for it. I'm partial to either Hemi Orange, or even (God forbid) the brighter GM orange, but I feel like that's been a bit overdone.

So I'm considering red, especially as it was popular on the performance engines in Chrysler products in the late 50's/early 60's, so while not "correct" at least it's "period".

I also think it will have good "pop" in the black engine bay.

I'm looking for opinions/suggestions. I know the purists will say silver, which I might consider if you can convince me there is a way to make it have some appeal. But I'm curious if anyone has any other thoughts/ideas/examples.

Thanks

Gregg

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Viper Guy
Posted 2018-06-14 4:09 PM (#565150 - in reply to #565148)
Subject: Re: Opinions on engine/bay colors



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Hey, it's your car and you are the one to satisfy - it's your money and time. My one, and only suggestion is: do it your way!


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57plymouth
Posted 2018-06-14 4:57 PM (#565152 - in reply to #565148)
Subject: Re: Opinions on engine/bay colors



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I paint every engine I build regardless of make in the same bright silver. GM, Mopar whatever. Always silver.

But it's your car. Paint it the way you like. If it stays white the turquoise would really pop.

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big m
Posted 2018-06-14 6:18 PM (#565156 - in reply to #565148)
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Some cars had body color inner fenders, and core support, but western cars wore a semi-gloss black on those components. Need to know where your car was assembled if you're going the stock route.

---John
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1960fury
Posted 2018-06-14 6:59 PM (#565159 - in reply to #565148)
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I think silver is a good color for an engine and goes along well with any bodycolor. The inner fenders I'd paint bodycolor and the core support semi/flat black, like LA-plant cars.
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firedome
Posted 2018-06-15 10:43 AM (#565176 - in reply to #565148)
Subject: RE: Opinions on engine/bay colors



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I'm in agreement that silver is kinda boring, but you could always leave the block silver, do valve covers in color, my '58 is like that with black valve covers, also sort of boring. I like red, also some mid '50s Packards had awesome copper & silver painted 374 V8s... different and really stunning in person!

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57plymouth
Posted 2018-06-15 11:06 AM (#565177 - in reply to #565156)
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big m - 2018-06-14 6:18 PM

Some cars had body color inner fenders, and core support, but western cars wore a semi-gloss black on those components. Need to know where your car was assembled if you're going the stock route.

---John


My South Carolina destination car was built with a body color firewall and the inner fenders and radiator support black. I'm pretty sure Plymouth wouldn't ship a basic all white four door post Savoy all they way from California to South Carolina. But since I wasn't there, anything is possible.
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wizard
Posted 2018-06-15 11:07 AM (#565178 - in reply to #565148)
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Paint it greige
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