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I'm in process to rebuilt all my 53 including the engine. I want to paint it but I want to color it right.

I do know green is the color, but sometime we see some blue or red.

For me I think the red and blue one is aftermarket rebuilt motor...yes? no?...

Someone can help me with the original green for 53-54?

thank you.

Fitz.

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Nice car! Medium green is what you are looking for.

Don

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I will use indoor paint color chips to help the paint maker to make me a quater of paint.

Do you aware with the blue and/or the red color engine?

Fitz.

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Fitz, I have seen some cars (there is a 49 2dr sed. in Hemmings for sale right now that has it's engine painted blue (1959-1965 colour), but is not the correct colour. The only red straight eight I have seen painted by the factory was the 1954 Bonneville show cars (2), but never a production Pontiac in those colours. Medium/dark colour green is what you want.

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It's the same for me, the 54 Bonneville is the only one "factory" red engine.

So the green is the only color, what about the blue or red, is it correct to think this was aftermarket or rebuilt (dealer product) engine color?

thanks.

Fitz.

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Fitz, Yes as far as I know.

I have a question, Is your Pontiac a Canadian Pontiac and if so is the engine a flathead Pontiac engine or a overhead Chevy six?

Don

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this is the flathead six Pontiac engine.

This is a mix or "hybrid" car, the transmission is Powerglide, dash is Pontiac, steering is chevy, but the horn button emblem is Pontiac, the battery, the carb, the exhaust is on the other side as the chevy is.......

We (Pontiac canadian owner) have to know our car correctly because many Pontiac part don't fit on.

Can post picture if interested.

Thanks.

Fitz.

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If your looking for the correct American Pontiac flathead color, the one and only place that sells the correct blue-green is Bill Hirsch automotive. They have it listed for 40-57 engines. Here is color on my 389 in my 55 Chieftain. They have the earlier flathead color as well.

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Fitz, sorry I didn't get back to you but I was waiting for a answer that I posted on the POCI forum about that colour (not a one response to a Canadian Pontiac flathead colour sorry to say) I would assume it is the same for a U.S. model because it's a real Pontiac engine.

Bill, unless the colour of your engine darkens with age/heat my dad's 50 Pontiac's engine was darker, and so was my uncle's 56 colony chieftain.

Question to you Bill, what year 389, and do you use the original front type of engine mount on a newer type aluminum timing cover??

Don

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It is quite a bit darker actually , my camera flash brightened it up quite a bit.

(sorry for the hijack) I guess I should have done an intro as well. I have a 41 Streamliner six sedan cpe 2dr and a 55 2dr Chieftain. Right now on the 55 I built side mounts and not using the aluminum cover for the front mount, thats something I would not recommend to anyone. It is a 66 389,th400 and 3:73 posi rear end in the car. I also have a 60 cover to try and do the 3 point mount with the factory timing cover mount and bracket. Also I have a Hurst front mount for the 55-60 covers. Bill

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Bill, Engine looks great, now all you have to do is get those aluminum spacers so you can use your original valve covers!

Fitz, sorry about the hijacking too.

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Yes the valve covers don't look the part. 287, 57 347 scripted valve covers or some early MT or Cal Custom covers would look better.

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Bill, the one I like is the 55-56 with the script of the original name for Pontiac's new (1955) V-8 Strato Streak, later to become the Tempest V-8, still later the Trophy V-8.

Don

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Don't worry about hijacking.

The engine is painted. Look close or it's perfect match for flathead Pontiac engine post war color. Are you agree?

Fitz.

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If your looking for the correct American Pontiac flathead color, the one and only place that sells the correct blue-green is Bill Hirsch automotive. They have it listed for 40-57 engines. Here is color on my 389 in my 55 Chieftain. They have the earlier flathead color as well.

Fitz, did you see the photo in this post? Bill assured me it was darker than in the picture. I think that is more of what I'm thinking.

Don

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Not meaning to hi-jack this thread, but what would the original color of the engine be for a 1937 Pontiac?

Thank you!

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I use two source to help me find the color I put on my engine.

First one is some green left on the block, and second, use the green sample show in the Bill Hirsh Pontiac engine color.

I do know this sample is not maybe perfect green but it show me mostly the same color I found on the engine the first time I clean it (in 96).

I saw some flathead with a blue/green color paint. I don't know what to think about, maybe light green is mostly Canadian? I have heard here from a guy near me in Montréal, there was some gray use!! I have never seen one in gray.

Anyway, the engine is green, and look not perfect correct color maybe, but I like it.

On some publication the engine is yellow!!! Some yellow engine exist really????

Fitz.

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Hi Fellows I know I'm late but for what it's worth I just got a 39 Pontiac car 6 Cylinder with 7,567 actual miles and the motor has never been repaired and it sure is Blue not green.

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Sounds like to got a hold of a true survivor! Can you post some photos of your car? Not only the engine, but the rest of the car as well.

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I knew that some engine was blue, but I don't know why, someone can explain to us maybe. And picture please of your engien.

Fitz.

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hi, very nice workmanship, this is a very rare combination 1953 pontiac six and powerglide, not quite so rare is the six and hydra-matic in 1953. i have a 1953 chieftain custom catalina, i bought it when i was 17 in 1973, 37 years. i'm putting a 1955 287 strato-streak V8 & dual-range hydra-matic in my car to repicate the 23 factory production prototypes that were built in 1951-52, these 1953 prototypes were never sold to the public, but tested on the proving grounds. your engine color looks too light in color, but you said the camera flash did that, i know the correct engine color is very much like dark olive green color, no blue in that at all. charles coker, 1953 pontiac tech advisor, poci.

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