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Old 10-30-2017, 07:43 PM   #1
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What color should a b16 in a 1961 544 ? There is some blue on this one.
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Old 10-30-2017, 07:59 PM   #2
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what ever color you like..Volvo painted their engines some color--Falu-röd but this is YOUR engine..

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Old 10-30-2017, 08:28 PM   #3
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I always wanted to paint my engine black with canary yellow pan and valve cover but wondered if oil leaks would be harder to spot lol.
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:31 PM   #4
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just paint everything black so oil leaks are easier to ignore.
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just paint everything black so oil leaks are easier to ignore.
That's a good point. I suffer from crippling worry-too-much.
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just paint everything black so oil leaks are easier to ignore.
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Old 10-31-2017, 12:52 AM   #7
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Lol.
Red. Can get the volvo paint but the chrysler or ford red is pretty close to it in the duplicolor brand.
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Old 10-31-2017, 05:39 AM   #8
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Weird. My '60 B 16 B block was dark blue when I got it.

I never found hard evidence that it should be "Volvo Red", but I changed it to that color during a rebuild. Actually, I used POR 15 Ford Thunderbird Red which was pretty close and gave a smooth finish. The smooth finish is meh, but does make it very easy to clean.
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Old 10-31-2017, 08:44 AM   #9
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I paint all of my engines silver. For a few reasons: first, I like the way a silver engine looks. Second, Chrysler Corp painted their engines silver until 1958, and my first love is a 57 Plymouth so I use the color of that engine. Third, leaks are easy to spot. Fourth, it's not the same old Chevy orange or Ford Corporate blue or Mopar hemi orange. Fifth, an old gray beard told me once that the silver aluminum engine paint dissipates heat faster, which may or may not be true.
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Old 10-31-2017, 07:55 PM   #10
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I should have more specific. What color did Volvo paint it.
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Old 10-31-2017, 08:09 PM   #11
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CVI Automotive AB, Sweden sells:
Engine paint (red) (B16/B18/B20)
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Old 10-31-2017, 08:29 PM   #12
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I'm pretty sure they were red.

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Old 11-01-2017, 07:08 PM   #13
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Thanks for all of the replies. Red it will be.
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Old 11-01-2017, 07:18 PM   #14
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If you want the correct color, you can get red engine spray paint from a Penta dealer.

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Old 11-01-2017, 09:52 PM   #15
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I found mention of Chevrolet Red. Not sure I remember any red Chevy engines. Went back and checked: 1956 only Chevy 265 Cubic Inch engines were red.

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Old 11-03-2017, 10:03 PM   #16
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I used some red POR15 engine paint. Two coats. Very durable and doesn't discolor.
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