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Under hood painting -- 1960 Olds

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Under hood painting -- 1960 Olds

Postby misercola on Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:20 pm

I'd like to refresh the underhood paint on my 60. Some of the paint on the components is worn away to the point where I can't tell what it was, let alone what it came out of the factory with. Are there any color guides, or better yet color photos of the 394 engine when it was new?

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Re: Under hood painting -- 1960 Olds

Postby toolbox on Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:29 pm

misercola wrote:I'd like to refresh the underhood paint on my 60. Some of the paint on the components is worn away to the point where I can't tell what it was, let alone what it came out of the factory with. Are there any color guides, or better yet color photos of the 394 engine when it was new?

Thanks,
Mark


Hi Mark,
If you go to the "factory literature" section of the website, you should be able to find some pics. The 371 engine was painted gold, the generator, air cleaner, oil filler cap, fan, and fan pulley were all painted black. The power steering pump was also black, and I believe the bracket that holds it to the engine was also black. I painted my PS bracket engine color though. The 394 was painted green, with the accessories the same as the 371. I didn't do a scientific analysis of the color, but based on what was left on my engine under the grime, Plasti-Kote engine enamel in "Alpine Green" was a pretty good match. Pretty sure it's still available. The accessories should be a "satin black"...neither glossy nor flat, but somewhere in between. I used Rustoleum Satin Black, and it's held up quite well.

The under hood sheet metal was black, except the firewall which is body color.

It's definitely possible to paint the engine while it's in the car, but it's tough. Much (much) easier to paint it while it's out. If pulling the engine isn't an option, be sure you get it *really* clean before you paint. Rent, borrow, or steal a steam cleaner. If you ask a rental place if they have a "Hotsy" they'll know what you're talking about. It uses a diesel fired burner to heat water super hot and then shoots it out under pressure like a car wash. They cut through grease like a light saber! They'll also cut through heater hoses and such if you're not careful :mrgreen: . But, it's by far the fastest and most thorough way to get years and years of crud off short of dipping the thing in a hot tank. Once it's good and dry, the paint should stick just fine. If you do leave the motor in, just pull the generator, PS, carb, etc off and go to town.
Hope that helps...
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Re: Under hood painting -- 1960 Olds

Postby OldsD88 on Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:43 pm

Bill Hirsch sells the correct color of green, even though it is labeled there are turquoise.
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Re: Under hood painting -- 1960 Olds

Postby misercola on Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:13 pm

Thank you both for the advice. Will be off to paint as soon as the weather gets a little warmer.

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Re: Under hood painting -- 1960 Olds

Postby toolbox on Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:02 pm

No problem. Be sure and post pics when you're done 8) .
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