Engine paint material and color questions?

homewood4

Precision Fit
Oct 23, 2009
522
Citrus Heights & Tahoe
First Name
Greg
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1954
Working on my first Willys restore (54 PU) and need help on paint material and original factory color(s) for engine/drivetrain components. Specifically:

Block (currently bare)
Head (currently light green)
Water Oulet Fitting ((currently silver)
Valve cover (currently dark blue)
Water pump (currently dark blue)
Downdraft tube (currently dark blue)
Timing chain cover (currently light green)
Oil pan (currently light green)
Oil filter (currently orange/red)
Intake Manifold (currently bare)
Exhaust Manifold (currently bare)
Tranny/Transfer Case (currently bare)

Pics have current paint colors...

Also - what do I need to know about paint type...rattle can with heat ratings or other? someting special for manifolds?

Thanks for the help!
 

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rbond

Bigger Hammer
Oct 8, 2009
49
Bloomsburg PA
Willys Model
Willys Year:
Actually... your photo looks like a L6-226 Super Hurricane like my '56 pu - they should be silver... the f head four photo shown as blue I have always understood to be black - at least for my '50 jeepster - but I had presumed wagons and cj's too.

Anybody else have better info?
 

rcshook696

Bigger Hammer
Oct 27, 2009
157
Jacksonville, Florida
Willys Model
Willys Year:
Has anyone figured out what the paint scheme for the super hurricane 6 is? What color are the brackets? The blue is a pretty color. I need to know what is exactly on the can. Being partially color blind doesn't help me any! Chuck
 

rbond

Bigger Hammer
Oct 8, 2009
49
Bloomsburg PA
Willys Model
Willys Year:
I'll say again - that particular motor should be 'aluminum' silver... brackets &air cleaner black, oil filter canister probably was orange (though not sure w/o checking further, but) mine is.
 

homewood4

Precision Fit
Oct 23, 2009
522
Citrus Heights & Tahoe
First Name
Greg
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1954
RBOND...Your comments seem consistent with everything I've see/found though no original pics or manufacturer documentation to back it up.
Any ideas/thoughts on bellhousing, tranny, transfer case....black? Manifolds exhaust/intake....silver, too?

I'll admit original was boring scheme but trying to stay as true to factory as possible...
 

Willysfan

Precision Fit
Oct 16, 2009
578
Kuna, Idaho
First Name
Gary
Willys Model
Wagon, Pickup
Willys Year:
1955
I researched this a long time ago. The 226's engines came in three colors depending on altitude there were built to be sold in. The colors were red, blue, or silver. Red being the highest compression engine sold in high altitude areas. I found this info as a post on Willys Tech and the poster got it from a mechanics manual. If you scrape around your motor, chances you will reveal some of the original paint. That is what I did, then I also ran the block numbers to verify what motor I had. Hope this helps.
 

mathman

Well Oiled
Mar 14, 2012
2,911
AR
First Name
David
Willys Model
Pickup, Forward Control
Willys Year:
1950, 1964
Ran across this really old thread tonight - figured I'd add a little info in case someone came across it in a search later on:

I believe these are the correct colors
The engine BioTex referenced is mine and I can assure everyone it is most definitely not Willys correct colors on that engine. :) I used Ford dark blue with a Ford gray just because I liked it - from everything I know it's supposed to be black.
 

zobie

Bigger Hammer
Apr 30, 2013
79
utah
First Name
jeff
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1952
"Also - what do I need to know about paint type...rattle can with heat ratings or other? someting special for manifolds?"

Greg

i'm fairly new with willys but I have used some Stainless steel paint (silver) from Eastwood a few years ago to paint manifolds, it held up pretty well.
it was a brush on thick paint, every thing else that I have used from a spray can burns of pretty fast.

Jeff
 

Tom1956

Well Oiled
All-Star
Dec 20, 2011
1,961
Flushing Michigan
First Name
Tom
Willys Model
Wagon, Pickup
Willys Year:
1955, 1957
DSCN0434.jpg here is the engine for the 55

DSCN0428.jpg This is the one in the 57, built for and resided all it's 50 some years in Colorado. High altitude.
 

edudley

Well Oiled
Mar 24, 2011
1,546
Indianapolis
First Name
Eric
Willys Model
Wagon
Willys Year:
1960
I always read these engine color posts with great interest. I know when I rebuilt mine I pulled the engine tag off and the there was red paint under it. I do not know the history prior to the mid 80s on mine so maybe it could have been a high altitude vehicle. On a different note my father in law worked at the Willys plant in Toledo in the mid 50's. I asked him if he could tell me about correct engine color. His answer was that he could not tell me for sure but he said Willys would use what ever was cheap that week. They really scrimped everywhere they could as they were fighting to survive while competeling with the big 3 in the auto business. If he was even close to right it might explain why we see so many colors on engines. I wish he still had his employee badge it would be neat to have in the car.
 
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