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1931 Chrysler CD8 Roadster Project Engine color

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Noticed a post earlier today on an engine re-detailing question for a '32 Chrysler. (my advice on that one would be to leave engine where it is, big job to remove them). It was timely as I took my '31 CD8 engine from it's chassis earlier this week to send frame for sandblasting. So, while it is out, plan is to clean the engine/transmission and paint it. These CD8 engines were painted a blue/grey (may have a touch of green as well) as shown on cover of tranny plate. Not a readily available color in engine enamel as far as I can determine. Checked Eastwood, Bernbaums, local parts outlets, paint stores etc, nothing close. Anyone know where someone can get this specific paint, or someone who can mix-to-match in heat resistant engine paint?

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Try Bill Hirsch - they carry an extensive range of colors, and might be willing to do a quart of custom tint

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I have always mixed my own, usually using a collection of paints.  A little research into will show you how to match colors.

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Seems like you would ask this question in a Chrysler related section

 

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As dep5 says.

 

That colour looks very similar to the Dodge 8 engine colour, perhaps a little more blue (but light and screen may change colours a fair bit). Hirsch carries a Chev engine colour that is very similar. I had a swatch sent to me from Maine and had it matched in a local shop.

 

I am dubious of these engine colour matches to a paint supposedly 80 or 90 years old that has been in a hot and cold place exposed to various petroleum products and their fumes. Who knows if they are still the same as they were originally?

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I plan to contach the Hirsch people on Monday and see if they have something close. Unfortunately their on-line site does not show color chips for the wide range of engine enamels they have.

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Over the years I have found ordinary household enamel, or quick drying enamel  works well on engines as long as you prepare the surfaces well, removing all old paint, oil and grease. 

 I think high temperature enamel on most engine parts is not really necessary.

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I have also found that a lot of company engine colors varied a bit from car to car so I don't think you need to obsess to much as long as it is close.

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