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1950s hotod engine color

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BillyBobsSpeedShop, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. BillyBobsSpeedShop
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    I am building a 29 ford coupe and trying to stick to the early 50's styl hotrod. I am running fenders with white walls, chopeed 4 inches,, and running a flatty v8. I was wondering what would be a good engine color that some one would see on a early 50's coupe hotrod? I am running early edelbrock heads and intake also.

    thanks
     
  2. jipp
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    i was not alive during this point so i can only give you a opinion on what iv seen from pictures of this time period.. seems black was used quite a bit.
    chris.
     
  3. *off white
    *gold
    *hammertone finishes

    I'm only going by what I've seen in books etc; (I'm too young!)
    Except for the Hammertone, which a few of the old boys thought was pretty 'flash'- not sure if that one applies in USA. Apologies..
     
  4. Jimm56
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    Some of the show car crowd would paint the engine block, heads and intakes the same color as the body.
     

  5. gas pumper
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    black was not a color done on engines very much. I can't remember any road or race car done in black when I was young.

    Not til the Target motors from GM started, when was that, 80's?
     
  6. mtflat
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    oil, grease and rust

    in the 50's nobody had money for paint.....the colors came in the 60's with Barris
     
  7. unkledaddy
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  8. jipp
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    ok, iv been corrected. iv seen lots of photos of such tho. so i guess body color was the standard then?
    chris.
     
  9. jipp
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    so whatever the car company's painted them is what they would stick with?
    chris.
     
  10. mtflat
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    It's just that it was about mechanics then, not obsessing over having a cookie-cutter car that was correct in every detail like today.
     
  11. gas pumper
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    Were's the like button? you nailed it.
     

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