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#574537 - Tue Sep 15 2009 01:53 PM 46 Chevy 216 Engine colors
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Registered: Tue Sep 15 2009 11:35 AM
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Loc: Hermann, MO
I'm restoring a 1946 Chevy with a 216 engine. I'm putting the engine back together and can't find any info on the correct color of the water pump pulley, balancer, and GM accessory oil filter. If anyone can help I would appreciate it.
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#575540 - Fri Sep 18 2009 02:45 PM Re: 46 Chevy 216 Engine colors [Re: 46chev]
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Registered: Wed May 21 2008 03:07 PM
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Loc: Ontario Canada
Good question. All engines I have seen were all the greyish blue colour. The only thing different was the oil filter canistor is black I think. Check with Tim Sheridan... http://www.46chevytruck.com/
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#575542 - Fri Sep 18 2009 02:47 PM Re: 46 Chevy 216 Engine colors [Re: 46 HalfTon]
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#575559 - Fri Sep 18 2009 03:51 PM Re: 46 Chevy 216 Engine colors [Re: 46 HalfTon]
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That sure doesn't look anything like the color my 38 216 had on it (was was left of the color anyway). It was a dark gray with a bluish cast to it. From what I've read the color varied a bit from vendor to vendor, shipment to shipment at the factory anyway. I've never found a specific paint formula. Denny Graham went to great lengths to find a color that was close in his opinion. You might send him a PM. Most of the parts vendors sell engine paint that is probably close enough. Unless you're going to build a concourse truck I wouldn't sweat it too much.
This is where I would buy my paint.
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#575668 - Fri Sep 18 2009 09:41 PM Re: 46 Chevy 216 Engine colors [Re: Tiny]
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I think youíre right on Tiny, Sweet Pea is one of the most original coupes that Iíve seen. Iíll bet the gray that you found on your engine is a lot like this.
This is what was left of the original gray paint on a 1950, 3600 with a 216. As you can see the 60-year-old paint is quite dull but you can get an idea of just how dark the original gray was. The newly painted items have been done with the period correct engine gray from The Filling Station. Here are a few pictures for comparison. http://www.pbase.com/dennygraham/under_hood&page=7
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#575877 - Sat Sep 19 2009 03:24 PM Re: 46 Chevy 216 Engine colors [Re: Denny Graham]
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Registered: Sat Sep 19 2009 02:06 PM
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I also have a 216 that is just getting ready for paint, but its out of a 1950 chevy panel wagon. Would the color be the same as the 1946.

http://www.classicparts.com/1947-53-Engine-Paint-Gray-Chevrolet/productinfo/88-005/
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#575927 - Sat Sep 19 2009 07:19 PM Re: 46 Chevy 216 Engine colors [Re: Denny Graham]
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Yep, the gray on your timing gear cover is very close to what I found on my 38. thumbs_up
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#575939 - Sat Sep 19 2009 07:44 PM Re: 46 Chevy 216 Engine colors [Re: Tiny]
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Registered: Tue Sep 18 2001 12:00 PM
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Loc: Jarvsburg, NC

It is nice to see that Classic Parts of America has changed to gray for its pre-54 truck engine paint. I wonder if it is the darker gray that the Filling station sells or the lighter gray that Jim Carter sells?

For some reason, Classic Parts still sells the passenger engine blue for 54-62 trucks engines (they used to sell that blue for all 216/235 engines 1941-1962).

IM(D-A)HO the Filling Station darker gray/blue engine paint is better for 41-53 truck engines and Jim Carter's lighter gray is better for the 54-62 higher-pressure 235 truck engines.

ascottn, if you have not already done so, you might want to see a sample of the Classic Parts paint. You might be disappointed if it is a lighter gray, like Jim Carter's.

Tim

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#576003 - Sat Sep 19 2009 10:04 PM Re: 46 Chevy 216 Engine colors [Re: tclederman]
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Registered: Sat Sep 19 2009 02:06 PM
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Loc: UT
Thanks for the reply. I think I will go ahead and order from the filling station.
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