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engine color list
Posted by cooltoys1 on Sunday, November 12, 2006 8:23 PM
Hi all, I am looking for the list of engine colors that was posted on here a while ago. It was like a spreadsheet ahd had all makes on it. Any one know where it is,
Tahks in advance
Jay
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Posted by Force on Monday, November 13, 2006 12:19 PM

I have posted engine colors for Ford and Mopar on different occations...but never a complete list with all makes.

Here are what I have found so far.

Here is the Ford list from 1959-1971

All Ford engines were black from 1959 up to 1965, Ford didn't start to paint their engines blue until 1966.

YEAR ENGINE BLOCK AND CYLINDER HEADS AIR CLEANER VALVE COVERS
1959 223 Black Red Red
1959 292 Black Red Red
1959 332 Black Green Green
1959 352 Black Blue * Blue
1960 223 Black Red Red
1960 292 Black Red Red
1960 352 Black Blue Blue
1960 352 HP Black Gold open-element Gold
1961 223 Black Red Red
1961 292 Black Red Red
1961 352 Black Blue Blue
1961 390 Black Silver Silver
1961 390 HP Black Gold Gold
1961 390 HP-6V Black Oval aluminum Gold
1962 223 Black Red Red
1962 292 Black Red Red
1962 352 Black Blue Blue
1962 390 Black Silver Silver
1962 406-4V Black Gold open-element Gold
1962 406-6V Black Oval aluminum Gold
1963 223 Black Red Red
1963 289 Black White White
1963 352 Black Blue Blue
1963 390 Black Silver Silver
1963 390-4V Black Gold Gold
1963 406-4V Black Gold open-element Gold
1963 406-6V Black Oval aluminum Gold
1963 427-4V Black Chrome open-element Chrome "baldies"
1963 427-8V Black Oval aluminum Chrome "baldies"
1964 223 Black Red Red
1964 289 Black Red Red
1964 352 Black Blue Blue
1964 390 Black Gold Gold
1964 427-4V Black Chrome open-element Chrome "baldies"
1964 427-8V Black Oval aluminum Chrome "baldies"
1965 240 Black Red Red
1965 289 Black White White
1965 352 Black Gold Gold
1965 390 Black Gold Gold
1965 427-8V Black Oval aluminum Chrome "pentroof"
1965 427 SOHC-4V Black Chrome open-element Cast aluminum
1965 427 SOHC-8V Black Oval aluminum Cast aluminum
1966 240 Blue** Blue Blue
1966 289 Blue Blue Blue
1966 352 Blue Blue Blue
1966 390 Blue Blue Blue
1966 427-4V Blue Chrome open-element Chrome "pentroof"
1966 427-8V Blue Oval aluminum Chrome "pentroof"
1966 427 SOHC-4V Blue Chrome open-element Cast aluminum
1966 427 SOHC-8V Blue Oval aluminum Cast aluminum
1966 428 Blue Blue Blue
1967 240 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"***
1967 289 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1967 390 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1967 427-4V Blue Blue Tall Chrome "PBF"
1967 427-8V Blue Blue Tall Chrome "PBF"
1967 427 SOHC-4V Blue Chrome open-element Cast aluminum
1967 427 SOHC-8V Blue Oval aluminum Cast aluminum
1967 428 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1968 240 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1968 302 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1968 390 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1968 427 Blue Blue w/chrome lid Tall Chrome "PBF"
1968 428 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1969 240 Blue**** Blue Blue "PBF"
1969 302 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1969 351 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1969 390 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1969 429 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1970 250 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1970 302 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1970 351 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1970 390 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1970 429 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1971 302 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1971 351 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1971 390 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1971 400 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"
1971 429 Blue Blue Blue "PBF"

* The blue used on these engines is very similar to the lighter blue used on the late-'60s Ford engines.
** The blue used on 1966-1968 Ford engines is a darker blue than used on earlier Ford 352 valve covers. The correct color is TRW #630224 or Eastwood's "dark Ford blue."
***"PBF" indicates "Power by Ford"
**** 1969-1974 Ford engines were a lighter blue than 1966-1968. The color is similar to the early 352 valve covers.

This would cover most of your Ford engine color questions.

But they have missed some Windsor engines though.
The 1962-63 221cui, black block and I think they had yellow air cleaner and valve covers.
The 1963-64 260 cui, black block and valve covers and air cleaner on those should be light blue.
The 1964-65 289cui 4V, black block, gold valve covers and gold air cleaner.
The 1964-65 289cui HP, black block, chrome valve covers and chrome open element air cleaner.

Pontiac

1955-57 Pontiac V8 Dark Green
1956-early 77 Canadian Pontiac with Chevy V8 Chevy Orange
1957 Bonneville, all 1958 Pontiac V8 Turquoise Blue
1959-65 Pontiac V8 Light Blue
1966-70 Pontiac 6 & V8 Light Blue Metallic
1971-March 15 1973 Pontiac V8 Light Blue, a darker shade than 1959-65
March 16 1973 & all 1974 Dark Blue
1975-early 77 Pontiac & Oldsmobile V8 Metallic Blue, a darker shade than 1966-70
1977-82 All GM Corporate Blue
1982-Up Black

Chevrolet

Chevy Engine Colors 1929-at least 1972:

1929-52 all engines: Dark Gray (Modelmaster US Navy Engine Gray is a pretty decent match)

1953-62 Blue Flame 235cid 6-cylinder Chevrolet Engine Blue (available in spray cans at most auto supply stores) also, Plasticote Odds N Ends enamel in bottles Marina Blue is very close to Chevy Engine Blue.

1955-56 265cid V8 (all passenger cars & Corvette) Chevrolet Engine Red (Modelmaster has this color--not to be confused with Chevrolet Engine Orange, it isn't!) CHEVROLET script on valve covers stenciled in black.

1957 265cid V8 Light yellow (with stenciled CHEVROLET script on valve covers in black
1957-on 283cid V8 Chevrolet Engine Orange ('57 has CHEVROLET script on valve covers stenciled in black)

1958-72 at least All passenger cars and Corvette V8 engines Chevrolet Engine Orange, color of valve covers could vary from this with high performance big block engines.

1962-72 140cid 4-cylinder, 194, 230, 250cid 6-cylinder Chevrolet Engine Orange

As a general rule, those parts which were bolted on after the basic engines were assembled and painted (in practice, blocks, heads, iron intake manifolds, iron exhaust manifolds, water pumps, crankshaft pulley, oil pans and bellhousings were all bolted in place and the engines painted as a unit) were semi-gloss black, pretty much the standard paint for Delco (starters, generators, coils) and AC (air cleaner, fan, power steering units and their respective pulleys).

AC cartridge (optional oil filters for 216, 235 6's, and 265cid & early 283 V8's) were painted by AC as follows: Bright orange filter body, with royal blue upper "cap". AC full-flow, spin-on oil filters back then (1958 onward) were white.

Oldsmobile

Big Block CIDs
CID Years Bore Stroke VIN Color
400 '65 - '67 4.000 3.980 Bronze
400 '68 - '69 3.870 4.250 H[,V] Bronze
425 '65 - '67 4.126 3.975 O[,P,R] Red; Toronado is Blue
455 '68 - '72 4.126 4.250 W Red; Toronado & 1970+ is metallic Blue
455 '72 - '76 4.126 4.250 S,T,U,V,W metallic Blue
High compression 425s and early 455s were painted red and the air clearners were an orange/red, definately a different shade from the engine. Low compression 425s had black air cleaners..
[ Thanks to Chris Witt, Mat Nadrofsky, Drew Senko for this information ]

Mopar

Year Engine Variations Color Note
1960 170 / 225 Six non Valiant Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752 - Not sure about this color.
1960 170 Six Valiant Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1960 318 Poly All Silver Mopar Paint P4529148
1960 361 Golden Commando High Perf Red/Gold Red block with Gold Valve Covers P4349218 / P4529149
1961 All All Silver Mopar Paint P4529148
1961 170 Six Valiant Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1962 170 / 225 Six All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1962 318 Poly All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1962 361 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1962 383 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1962 413 V8 All Orange Mopar Paint P4120751
1963 225 Six All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1963 318 Poly All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1963 361 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1963 383 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1963 413 V8 All Orange Mopar Paint P4120751
1963 426 V8 All Orange Mopar Paint P4120751
1964 225 Six All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1964 273 V8 - LA All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1964 318 Poly All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1964 361 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1964 383 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1964 413 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1964 413 V8 Race Engine Race only Orange Mopar Paint P4120751
1964 426 HEMI Race only Orange Mopar Paint P4120751
1964 426 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1965 225 Six All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1965 273 V8 - LA All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1965 318 Poly All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1965 383 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1965 413 V8 All Orange Mopar Paint P4120751
1965 426 HEMI Street Engine H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1966 225 Six All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1966 273 V8 - LA All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1966 318 Poly All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1966 383 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1966 383 V8 High Perf/Police High Perf H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1966 426 HEMI Street Engine H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1966 426 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1966 440 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1966 440 V8 High Perf/Police High Perf H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1967 225 Six All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1967 273 V8 - LA All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1967 318 V8 - LA All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1967 383 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1967 383 V8 High Perf/Police High Perf H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1967 426 HEMI Street Engine H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1967 426 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1967 440 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1967 440 V8 High Perf/Police High Perf H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1968 225 Six All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1968 273 V8 - LA All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1968 318 V8 - LA All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1968 318 V8 - LA - Police only Police engine H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1968 340 V8 - LA All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1968 383 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1968 383 V8 High Perf/Police High Perf H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1968 426 HEMI Street Engine H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1968 426 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1968 440 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1968 440 V8 High Perf/Police High Perf H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1969 225 Six All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1969 273 V8 - LA All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1969 318 V8 - LA All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1969 318 V8 - LA - Police only Police engine H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1969 340 V8 - LA - See Note below All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1969 383 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1969 383 V8 High Perf/Police High Perf H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1969 426 HEMI Street Engine H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1969 440 V8 All Turquoise Mopar Paint P4120752
1969 440 V8 High Perf/Police High Perf H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1970 225 Six All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1970 318 V8 - LA All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1970 318 V8 - LA - Police only Police engine H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1970 340 V8 - LA - See Note below All Red Mopar Paint P4349218
1970 383 V8 All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1970 383 V8 High Perf/Police High Perf H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1970 426 HEMI Street Engine H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1970 440 V8 All Blue or Turq Mopar Paint P4349217 or P4120752 (not sure) ****
1970 440 V8 High Perf/Police High Perf H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1971 225 Six All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1971 318 V8 - LA All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1971 340 V8 - LA All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1971 360 V8 - LA All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1971 All - LA engines Till early in 1971 All Red Mopar Paint P4349217
1971 383 V8 All Blue Mopar Paint P4349218 (not sure when changed)
1971 383 V8 High Perf/Police High Perf H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1971 426 HEMI Street Engine H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1971 440 V8 All Blue or Turq Mopar Paint P4349217 or P4120752 (not sure) ****
1971 440 V8 High Perf/Police High Perf H-Orange Mopar Paint P4349216
1972 225 Six All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1972 318 V8 - LA All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1972 340 V8 - LA All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1972 360 V8 - LA All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1972 400 V8 All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1972 440 V8 All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1973 198 Six All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1973 225 Six All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1973 318 V8 - LA All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1973 340 V8 - LA All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1973 360 V8 - LA All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1973 400 V8 All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217
1973 440 V8 All Blue Mopar Paint P4349217

***Note on 1969 and 1970 340LA engines - many were painted Street Hemi Orange - the list below says they all were - for any 340 engine that appears to be more orange than red - if you know it was original - then use the P4349216
****Note: I have had much discussion about the years of 1970 and 1971 the RB and B engines - two club publications say blue (Judged sheets etc.) and it appears that official Chrysler (below) says turquoise was correct. On those two years let your original color be the one to use.

Here is yet another source of engine paint data.

All "L" head in line engines 1924-1970, 4-6-8 cyl., silver with black accessories.
Except - Prior to 1930 all 4 and 6 cyl. engines were finished in black.
Except - Aluminum hi-compression heads were left in natural aluminum color.
Except - 1938-1942, Straight 8's were red with black accesories also some of the 1941-1942 - 6's
Except - SIlver green on Imperial 8's is also found on some 1924-1930 Chrysler 4's and 6's.
Except - 1924-1942 "Red Head" engines factory hi-compression cast iron heads were painted red.
Except - 1930-1934, large Imperial staight 8, silver green with black accessories.
Except - All air flows 6's and 8's had engines fnished in black, if hi-compression aluminum head left natural, cast iron painted silver.
Except - Engines with the word "Spitfire" cast in the head, the word Spitfire is sometimes painted red.
Except - Korean War cars 1951-1953 some engines were painted flat light gray non-aluminum paint due to sortage of silver pigment.

All early V8 double-single rocker shaft engines, 1951-1960, silver with black accessories.
Except - All early hi-performance engines 1955-1960, silver with black accessories, gold valve covers, gold air cleaners, Plymouth Fury, Chrysler 300, Dsoto Adventurer, Dodge d-500.
Except - 1955-1956 Plymouth 241-260-270 cu. in. V8, silver with black accessories, red valve covers, yellow air cleaner (hi-fire engine).

1960-1969 all slant "6", all "A" block V8, 273-318-340 V8 (LA) red with black accessories.
Except - 1961-1963, "Hi-Perf. Pac" slant 6 with aluminum block and 4 bbl carb, silver with black accessories.
Except - 1964-1966, hi-performance 273 V8, red with black accessories, black crinkle finish valve covers, chrome air cleaner.

1959-1961, 361-413 Golden Lyon, black with gold accessories, 361-383 V8 Golden Commando, red with gold accessories.
Except - 1964-1964, all race hemi engines and orange with black crinkle finish valve covers, some had chrome air filters and accessories.
Except - 1962-1964,short ram 413-426 engines, orange some had chrome air filters and accessories.

1962-1971, all "B" block engines corporate turquoise with black accessories - some with single 4bbl 426 V8's, chrome valve covers and air cleaners.
Except - 1960-1962, Chrysler 300 with long cross ram manifolds, red block with black accessories, gold air cleaners

1970-1981, all 6 cyl. V8 corporate blue with black accessories, including 1972 and up Hi-Performance engines.
Except - All Hi-Perfomance engines 383-440, 196901971 and All 1966-1971 street Hemi engines and 1970-1971 340's - street hemi orange (red-orange) with black accessories.

1978-1980, all 4 cyl. front wheel drive, silver with black accessories.
1981-on all 2.2 4cyl. and 318-360 V8 and 6 cyl engines, coporate black.

AMC

AMC Engine Paint Colors
ENGINE COLOR YEAR PAINT CODES
196 L Head gray 56-65
196 OHV (1) lancelot turquoise 64-66
196 aluminum (1) silver 61-64
250 (2) gray 56-60
287 forum blue 63-66
327 (3) red 64
327 rampart red 64-66
199 cape cod blue 64-67
290 copper 66
232 rampart red 64-67
290 gold 67
343 copper 67
all caravelle blue 68
all blue poly (metallic) 69-72
all AMC engine blue 73-83
V8s (4) rampart red 71-73
151 pontiac blue 79-83 [sic] Ditzler(PPG) #15159
all black 84-up
NOTES:
1. Valve covers are Rampart Red for some or all of these engines.
2. The 250 V-8 is believed to be the same gray as used on the 196 L-head engines
3. Different sources give different paint codes. Possibly used as dealer service paint of slightly different color
4. All 1971 California V-8's and AMC engines used in International Harvester vehicles were red in color to distinguish them from other engines on the assembly line as California engines required different emission controls.

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Posted by cooltoys1 on Monday, November 13, 2006 2:58 PM
WOW!!!
THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!
Sorry to yell!,
Thank you, it was a GREAT help!
Jay
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Posted by Force on Monday, November 13, 2006 5:57 PM
You're welcome.

Håkan Persson Sweden

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, November 25, 2006 5:05 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Force

You're welcome.


Force,

You might want to add that Chevrolet truck engines (pickups and larger) were dark grey (USN Engine Gray) through at least 1960. Also, any Chevy 216/235 6cylinder engine through '62 had an AC cartridge bypass oil filter, and they were AC orange and dark blue as you described.

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Posted by Force on Saturday, November 25, 2006 5:18 PM
Well I have found these lists of engine colors on internet when I did research for some of my own projects and I listed them as I found them.
I don't know if they are all completely correct in every aspect but you'll get a hint anyway.

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 11:49 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Force

You're welcome.
Hello, I'm a new member here. I am impressed with your knowledge of original vehicle engine colors. Perhaps you can answer a question that has eluded me so far.
1964 Dodge TRUCK 318 poly engine color. My original is a bluish/green color but is different than the turquiose used on the big block engines from Chrysler. Any info on the trucks?

Any help is appreciated. Will.
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Posted by drepp23 on Friday, April 25, 2008 10:57 PM
wow.. that is some reference list ... thanks for taking the time to put it together
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Posted by DeLorean 1981 on Monday, August 20, 2012 4:09 AM

If I may ask, any idea where I can find out the original engine colour of an 87' Ford Mustang GT? :)

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Posted by DeLorean 1981 on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 8:57 AM

Nevermind. I made my decision and painted it with a testors red.

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Posted by Promo 55 on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 10:06 AM

Thank You! That is the most comprehensive engine color list I have ever seen! I made up a list in the late '70's for model building use, but this far surpasses it. I am going to try to save, and put it in my model building reference notebook. Thank You again!

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Posted by dimaxion on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:07 PM

Thank you very much . I am at a loss without this list .   Thanx ..

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Posted by wilderness1989 on Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:39 PM

1st CLASS INFORMATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  MANY THANX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by chevy3258 on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 3:52 AM
What a great list of know-how, highly appreciated, thank you very much!
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Posted by Force on Friday, June 23, 2017 12:08 PM

It was a while since I did the list above and I have some updates to it as I have found out more since then.

Ford Flathead V8. 

Year - Ford - Mercury - Truck - Commercial 

1932 - Dark Green - N/A - Dark Green - Dark Green
1933 - Dark Green - N/A - Dark Green - Dark Green
1934 - Dark Green - N/A - Dark Green - Dark Green
1935 - Dark Green - N/A - Dark Green - Dark Green
1936 - Dark Green - N/A - Dark Green - Dark Green
1937 - Dark Green - N/A - Dark Green - Dark Green
1938 - Dark Green - N/A - Dark Green - Dark Green 
1939 - Dark Green - Dark Green - Dark Green - Dark Green 
1940 - Dark Green - Dark Green - Dark Green - Dark Green 
1941 - Dark Green or Dark Blue - Dark Blue - Dark Green - Dark Blue 
1942 - Dark Green - Dark Blue - Dark Green or Dark Blue - Dark Blue 
1943 - Unknown - Unknown - Unknown - Unknown 
1944 - Unknown - Unknown - Unknown - Unknown 
1945 - Unknown - Unknown - Unknown - Unknown 
1946 - Dark Blue - Dark Blue - Dark Blue - Dark Blue 
1947 - Dark Blue - Dark Blue - Dark Blue - Dark Blue 
1948 - Dark Blue - Dark Blue - Dark Blue - Deep Red 
1949 - Dark Blue - Green - Dark Blue or Green - Deep Red 
1949½ - Bronze - Green - Bronze or Green - Deep Red 
1950 - Bronze - Green - Bronze or Green - Deep Red 
1951 - Bronze - Green - Bronze or Green - Deep Red 
1952 - Tangerine or Green - Tangerine or Green - Green - Green 
1953 - Tangerine or Green - Tangerine or Green - Green - Green 

1953   the block and heads are red, accessories and air cleaner are black. The pickup block and heads are aqua green with black accessories and air cleaner.

Ford engines were generally dark blue in 1949 and changed to bronze in late '49 production through 1951. 

For 1952 and 1953 the Ford engine was either tangerine red or green. 

The Ford truck engines were red from 1948 through 1951, and then changed to green for 1952-53

 1943-45 under WW2 no civil cars and trucks was built so they are listed as "unknown", Most likely the colors used before was used under the WW2 years.

 

Ford Y-Block 239-256-272-292-312 1954-57 (The Y-Block engine was available up to 1962 in cars and 1963-64 in trucks, and the colors for the car engines from 1959 is in the '59-'71 list). 

1954 239cui Creme/Ivory Block, Heads and Intake Manifold, Red Valve Covers with Ford V8 Decals and Red Air Cleaner. 

1955-57 272-292-312cui Red block, Heads, Intake Manifold, Black Valve Covers with Thunderbird V8 or Thunderbird Special V8 decals, Silver/Argent Air Cleaner. 

1958 Red Block, Heads, Intake Manifold, Black Valve Covers stamped with "FORD" and Black Air Cleaner. 

(1958 is a difficult year as there are quite far between good references and it varys a lot on those I have seen, 1958 was also the first year for the FE engine.) 

1959 Blue or Black Block, Heads, Intake Manifold, Red "FORD" Valve Covers, Red Air Cleaner. 

Thunderbird 1955-57: 292-312cui Red Block, Heads, Intake Manifold, Cast Aluminum "Thunderbird" Valve Covers, Chrome Air Cleaner 

1958 FE 332cui Interceptor V8; Blue Block, Heads, Intake Manifold, black Valve Covers and White Air Cleaner with Interceptor and Thunderbird Special decals. 

1958 FE 352cui Interceptor V8; Green Block, Heads, Intake Manifold, Black Valve Covers with Ford Interceptor V8 decals, White Air Cleaner with Interceptor and Thunderbird Special decals. 

1958 FE 352cui Interceptor Special V8; Green Block, Heads, Intake Manifold, Black Valve Covers, Black Air Cleaner with Interceptor Special decals. 

Ford never called these engines "Police Interceptor" as many wrongly believes, they are just called Interceptor and Interceptor Special...1959 the name changed to "Thunderbird V8" and "Thunderbird Special V8". 
"Police Interceptor" came much later. 

(*This list is not complete as good references are far between as it varys a lot on the pics of 1958 cars I have found so far, and I will update as soon as I find anything better.) 

Edsel 

1958: 

Edsels cheaper models Ranger, Pacer, Villager, Bermuda and Roundup shared engine and chassie with Ford, and the more expensive models Corsair och Citation shared chassie and engine with Mercury/Lincoln. 
So 361cui FE E-400 and 410cui MEL E-475 was the only engine options for 1958. 
The E-400 engine wich really is 352cui FE engine shared with Ford bored out to 361cui and are available in Pacer, Ranger, Villager, Bermuda och Roundup. 

Engine Colors 

Yellow (1972 GM Color code 52, Dupli-Color code DS-GM-167): Block, heads, water pump, intake manifold, oil filler tube, oil pan 

Off-White (Mix four parts Derusto Gloss White #874/D-23 and one part Derusto Gloss Almond #884/D-34): Air Filter cover, valve covers 

Reddish-Orange: E-400 Stenciled on embossed letters 

Gloss Black: Brackets, generator, fan, pulley, starter motor, flywheel cover, inner fender aprons, radiator 

Semi-gloss Black: Frame, front suspension, core support, etc. 

Natural: Transmission bell housing, distributor, exhaust manifolds, fender attaching bolts 

 

The E-475 wich are a MEL motor shared with Mercury and Lincoln with 410cui displacement was available only in Corsair and Citation 

Engine Colors 

Green (similar to 1978 Porsche "Fern Green" - DuPont code 273, Porsche code 45639AH): Block, heads, water pump, intake manifold, oil filler tube, oil pan 

Off-White (Mix four parts Derusto Gloss White #874/D-23 and one part Derusto Gloss Almond #884/D-34): Air filter cover, valve covers 

Reddish-Orange: E-475 Stenciled on embossed letters 

Gloss Black: Brackets, generator, fan, pulley, starter motor, flywheel cover, inner fender aprons, radiator 

Semi-gloss Black: Frame, front suspension, core support, etc. 

Natural: Transmission bell housing, distributor, exhaust manifolds, fender attaching bolts 

 

1959: 

1959 there were some engine options that didn't exist on Edsels the year before, the 223cui inline six, the 292cui Y-Block and the 332cui FE engine got available on the option list and the 410cui MEL engine dissapeared as the larger more expensive "big" Edsel based on Mercury/Lincoln was deleted from the model program.

 

223cui Inline Six "Economy Six" 

Engine Colors 

Semi-gloss Black: Block, head, water pump, intake manifold, oil pan 

Gloss Black: Brackets, generator, fan, pulley, starter motor, inner fender aprons, radiator 

Red: (Very close to 1960 Edsel Regal Red) Air Filter cover, valve cover 

Natural: Transmission bell housing, distributor, exhaust manifolds, fender attaching bolts 

292cui Y-Block "Ranger V8" 

Engine Colors 

Semi-gloss Black: Block, heads, intake manifold, oil filler tube, oil pan 

Gloss Black: Brackets, generator, fan, pulley, starter motor, inner fender aprons, radiator 

Gold Metallic: (PPG color DAR-3687SC) Air Filter cover, valve covers 

Natural: Transmission bell housing, distributor, exhaust manifolds, fender attaching bolts 

332cui FE "Express V8" 

Engine Colors 

Semi-gloss Black: Block, heads, intake manifold, oil filler tube, oil pan 

Gloss Black: Brackets, generator, fan, pulley, starter motor,inner fender aprons, radiator 

Silver-Gray Metallic: (PPG color DAR-2593) Air Filter cover, valve covers 

Natural: Transmission bell housing, distributor, exhaust manifolds, fender attaching bolts 

361cui FE "Super Express V8" 

Engine Colors 

Semi-gloss Black: (1268 parts PPG DAR-9000 to 633 parts PPG DX-265) Block, heads, intake manifold, oil filler tube, oil pan 

Gloss Black:Brackets, generator, fan, pulley, starter motor, inner fender aprons, radiator 

Off-White: (Same paint scheme as the 1958 E-475, without the red stencil: PPG color DAR-8378) Air Filter cover, valve covers 

Natural: Transmission bell housing, distributor, exhaust manifolds, fender attaching bolts 

 

1960: 

1960 the 332cui FE dissapeared and there were only three engines avalable. 

1960 Edsel was only built a bit over three months, between September 14 until November 19 1959, and only 2846 was built. 

Engines 

Economy 6 (I6 223) Optional for all models 

No Color Information 

Ranger V8 (V8 292) Standard for all models 

No Color Information 

Express V8 (V8 352) Optional for all models 

No Color Information. 

Håkan Persson Sweden

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