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Why chevy orange?

What is the history behind this color? Is there any? I heard hotrodders started using it so they could tell where an oil leak is coming from. Anybody?
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:11 AM
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I always thought it was because the wrecking yard SBC's they were buying for their hot rods were already Chevy Orange from the factory.

Somewhere back in the mists of time whoever swapped in the '56 engine into my '55 Stude painted it Chevy Orange. I love Chevy Orange on Chevy engines but on Studebaker engines...... not so much.
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Chevy painted the blocks orange from the factory?
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Chevy painted the blocks orange from the factory?
Only from the base of the carburetor to the oil drain plug and then only for about 20 years or so...... then they changed to "Corporate Blue".
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I always thought it was in Honor of the

University of Texas Longhorns
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Chevrolet originally painted the SBC Yellow for the first 2 or 3 years of production (55-56-57), then switched to the Orange until 1975, when they switched to Corporate Blue (light blue).

Back in the old days, all the car companies painted their different engine familys a different color, there must be 200 different colors used from the 1940's thru the 1970's in the US alone.
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I prefer black, I've always thought Chevy Orange is way too played out. I dont think its that great of a color anyway.
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Only from the base of the carburetor to the oil drain plug and then only for about 20 years or so...... then they changed to "Corporate Blue".
Haha okay well that makes sense.
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For drag racing, I'd go black, because black dissipates heat faster than any other colour, but attracts radiant heat from the sun best. I haven't heard any lore on specifically seeing oil leaks, but it does come in handy when you do have it orange because it's easy to see where the oil mixed with dirt comes from and is collecting. Plus, Chevy Orange is heritage, and BAD ***!!!! Adds some "panache" under your hood
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Chevrolet originally painted the SBC Yellow for the first 2 or 3 years of production (55-56-57), then switched to the Orange until 1975, when they switched to Corporate Blue (light blue).
I have never seen a factory '55-'57 Chevy passenger car with a yellow V-8 and I have seen a few thousand of them. My folks had two 283 4 Bbl. '57 Bel Airs when I was in Jr. High, they were both Chevy Orange. My Aunt had a '55 wagon with a 265, Chevy Orange. Truck and industrial engines are a different story, I have seen yellow, blue, green and red or variations thereof, mostly different shades of green or turquoise.
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I have never seen a factory '55-'57 Chevy passenger car with a yellow V-8 and I have seen a few thousand of them. My folks had two 283 4 Bbl. '57 Bel Airs when I was in Jr. High, they were both Chevy Orange. My Aunt had a '55 wagon with a 265, Chevy Orange. Truck and industrial engines are a different story, I have seen yellow, blue, green and red or variations thereof, mostly different shades of green or turquoise.
Hippie, you are correct. I had forgotten that it was only the truck engines that were yellow for the first few years of the SBC.
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I paint all my engines black. Why mostly is because it looks better with some chrome pieces, it hides oil leaks and it hides how dirty the engine is. But on the same scale it hiding oil leaks is a pain when you gotta track them down.
I love Chevrolet Orange though, it looks nice but it don`t hide oil, grease or road grime and that was the biggest reason I never used it.
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Chevrolet originally painted the SBC Yellow for the first 2 or 3 years of production (55-56-57), then switched to the Orange until 1975, when they switched to Corporate Blue (light blue).

Back in the old days, all the car companies painted their different engine familys a different color, there must be 200 different colors used from the 1940's thru the 1970's in the US alone.
My Dad had and 80 Scottsdale that he bought new, the engine was Chevy Orange.
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To the best of my knowledge the SBC in passenger cars was painted orange from 1955 to 1977 then in 78 they were blue.Trucks are different.I am not sure what year they went to black. I like orange on an old style build and black on a newer style build.What color you decide to go with is strictly a matter of preference,no right or wrong unless you are doing a factory resto.
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