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Username Post: Engine color question ? 57 Sport Coupe        (Topic#361357)
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Loc: Eastlake, OH
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06-12-20 06:25 AM - Post#2796212    

Good morning everyone! I am trying to research some information for my 57. First off the car is a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sport coupe, 283 with power pack option.

I am trying to confirm the engine color, manifold color and valve cover colors. Is there any way to check this? All the pictures I have found show the original manifold and valve covers as Chevy orange. My problem is that is the engine block itself is blue. Would that be common or correct? A blue block with orange manifold and orange valve covers? Any help would be appreciated.

I have not confirmed the engine numbers or anything as I don't think it would be of much help with the color. I know it is all original as I bought the car 15 years ago from my uncle who was the original owner. So I have no doubt he wouldn't lie to me and tell me the motor and everything is original.


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06-12-20 02:40 PM - Post#2796250    
    In response to Boehmerpat

Do you see any residual paint on the engine, intake or valve covers? The 283 should be Chevy Orange. The 265 was painted yellow in

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06-12-20 04:12 PM - Post#2796259    
    In response to wagonman100

I have an all original 57 283. When I bought the car a number of years ago, the engine was painted blue. In reviewing the papers I got with the car, the engine had been rebuilt in 1973 and the shop had repainted it the current blue used on Chevrolet V-8 engines. I've since painted it Chevrolet orange and stenciled the Chevrolet script on the valve covers. BTW, the engine has 15,000 miles since the rebuild.

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06-14-20 06:53 AM - Post#2796341    
    In response to radioheaterwsw tires

Re-builders sometimes use whatever paint they have in the shop at the time.

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06-14-20 12:58 PM - Post#2796353    
    In response to pauldian

Back in the '60's replacement rebuilt short blocks were sometimes aftermarket sourced and not orange when received in the crate.

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06-18-20 06:10 PM - Post#2796687    
    In response to nstlga

Even new Genuine Chevrolet short blocks came through un-paianted. All 1957 passenger car engines were orange except for the early 265 used in 2 barrwl standard transmission cars was chartruse. Te small truck engines were gray.
Get the casting number from the block.

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