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Old 01-21-2011, 07:05 PM
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Engine block color

Not sure if this is the correct forum for this question (mods please move if necessary), but I'm currently deliberating on the color choice for my block (sbc). I don't care for Chevy orange and this isn't a GM resto. I'm swaying most of all towards silver, but I can't find any pics of anyone's block painted silver. I've also considered satin black, which might look quite mean (but maybe too plain/drab).

Anyone got any pics of a block painted silver? (preferably a full engine so I can get the full effect)? The only thing that's worrying me is perhaps the fact that the engine would be one big slab of silver color (with aluminum heads) and maybe the block should contrast. I'm not really keen on the idea of red, although that can look good.

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This picture came from google pics. I do not know who owns it. When i was choosing the color for my engine I thought about leaks and how easy they would show up. I painted an olds 455 red one time and had a valve cover leak that made the engine look like crap. You could see it draining down the side of the engine. Of course I fixed it but it seemed like the oil messed the paint up there. Looked dull. Could of been my application process of the paint I am not sure.

Here is a few pics of my new motor with black and gold look to it. All hardware is grade 8. I think it turned out pretty good.





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I've got...or should say had a 331" SBC that I painted with "Hammerite" brand silver, then I did the Air Gap intake manif., pan, front cover and valve covers in the same paint only it was their charcoal color. I'm not into the billet or completely polished alum. look, I think it came out pretty nice....different but nice.

For some reason I can't post pics on the forum but if you send me your email address in a private message (PM) I'll send the pics....Dave
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:26 PM
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I paint all mine black. It looks good with chrome pieces and when it gets dirty you can`t tell.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:42 PM
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Here's mine, silver. My next will be black.
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over the years ive painted sbc engines EVERY color except white.....

Now choose wisely or you will be painting again.............

my favorites are black, yellow and Pontiac "robin egg blue"

heres my black one:

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Old 01-22-2011, 12:17 PM
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I once did a Pontiac all 'natural'. The unpainted block, heads and water pump were cleared, as was the stripped oil pan, valley tray and v-covers (the v-covers were signed by the late Al Hoffman ), the front cover was done in natural satin aluminum, the intake was an as-cast Performer, etc. No chrome, billet or polished metal anywhere on it.

It looked tough- all business. I was afraid it would come off too "industrial", but it looked good- to me, at least. Not to mention nearly free, except for the time involved.
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Thanks for the pics guys
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I have been drawn to ford colors when it comes to painting anything, I don't care for a lot of GM colors. I think Chevy Orange is about the worst color Orange out there. It is so dull looking.
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Pontiac blue from the 50's...a nice silver/blue..

We go with Mopar orange (Max Wedge) too..
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ive done a number of different colors, but now they all are black
they stay nice looking longer, and i thought i read that they run a few degrees cooler if painted black
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Went black on '71 Camaro, but my 327 in the Austin was a donor engine that was already orange, or I'd have painted it black too. Black is so easy to keep looking good.
This is 11 years old:
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ive done a number of different colors, but now they all are black
they stay nice looking longer, and i thought i read that they run a few degrees cooler if painted black
Don't start this myth again about the color black drawing heat out of the engine. Black draws light not heat.
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:09 PM
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Don't start this myth again about the color black drawing heat out of the engine. Black draws light not heat.
It draws UFOs also .[IMG]DSCN0014.JPG
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I painted one in aluminum.

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