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Old 06-19-2012, 10:57 AM
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1952 original frame and motor color?

I tried to search for my answer but had no luck so I am gonna ask. I know you guys will know.
What was the original color for the frame and the motor for a 1951 and/or 52 f1. I've been told the engine (V8) was a bronze...is that true? Also when I stripped my frame and the cab for on my 52 it was a green, kind of like an OD green. It was on everything...frame, axles, underside of the bed wood and even underside of the cab and up onto the firewall, which was not painted over by the PO with purple.
I am considering going Dearborn stock with my next project and was hoping to start with the right colors underneath.
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Black frame and suspension.
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Engine color in '52 is Lincoln green. Detroit Diesel Alpine Green is said to be a close match. So is Krylon #2007. If your aim is to merit a Dearborn Award from the EFV8 Club, I'd suggest the Lincoln green sold by Bill Hirsch. Comes in spray cans, but is expensive. The truck engines in '51 were red, not the bronze used on cars. I've not researched the shade of red, but I think it's the same red used from 48-51.

Ilya has you covered on the black frame components. On mine I've seen that it was a shiny black, but not too shiny. Stu
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Ilya has you covered on the black frame components. On mine I've seen that it was a shiny black, but not too shiny. Stu
Eastwood Chassis Black looks the best IMO. Not gloss, not matte, "just right" and it is a dream to spray.
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What colors were the flathead V8s painted in 52? Was it the same red as in 48-51?

Here's a picture of a 52 215 OHV 6 freshly painted with Alpine Green that Stu mentions. Lincoln green is probably much closer to the original color, but it is expensive. Last I checked it was arond $18 a can, while the Alpine Green was $6/can around here. The Alpine Green closely matches the stock intake manifold that still bore its original green paint.

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Original intake still painted stock green color next to Alpine Green painted engine block.
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Original color on right half. Alpine Green on left half.
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Thanks for the help guys.

Frame/suspension - black. not gloss, not matte, "just right"
Engine - red for 51, what about 52? red or green for the V8?

What about other parts? Under the cab, the firewall, the inner fenders, under the fenders, under the bed wood, the top of the bed wood, bumpers? Are all these things body color? I would guess bumpers and inner fenders are black?
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I not at home right now, so I don't a picture handy,but if you go to my gallery you will find a pic of my engine with the original colour. Duplicolor Detroit Diesel green is as close as your going get.

Luckily I found 6 rattle cans of it at a swap meet recently for a buck a can.
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