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Thread: Engine colour
Posted 20 March 2017 at 17:58:26 UK time
Kevin Fuller, United Kingdom

Hi, I am in the process of refurbishing the triumph engine in the Midget (1500), I know that the original colour is black, however a different colour appeals to me, whilst this won't appeal to the purist, is it likely to greatly affect the future saleability to any great extent! In a loosely related aspect, having stripped the engine down & measured and inspected all the moving parts I decided to replace the piston rings (+030") which I ordered from MGOC which are listed as available, only to receive a phone call to say they are not in stock & haven't been since 2004!! in my book that's unavailable. I know I can get them from others, just infuriating that they cant be bothered to update the web site in 13 years. Rant over I'll get back in the pram now.

Posted 20 March 2017 at 19:16:06 UK time
MG Moneypit, Cheshire, United Kingdom

I think Maroon is a good colour to consider and within the spirit of MG.


Posted 20 March 2017 at 19:25:13 UK time
Clare Ravenwood, Ontario, Canada

Kevin, I don't think engine colour will matter to too many people.

The valve cover on the 1500 is an orange/red colour. I found General Motors Chevrolet engine orange to be a good match.

Why not paint the whole engine that way like the American 350 (5.7) engine is?

Might be a bit hard to find that colour over there though.


Posted 20 March 2017 at 21:02:29 UK time
Jeremy T2, England , United Kingdom

Maroon is a good choice or Austin Healey green to eradicate any trace of Triumph origins LOL.

Posted 20 March 2017 at 21:04:15 UK time
Dave O'Neill 2, West Midlands, United Kingdom

North American rocker covers were red, with the exception of California which IIRC was blue?

UK rocker covers were silver.

I concur with Clare that the colour isn't really an issue, unless you're entering a concours competition.

Posted 20 March 2017 at 22:21:54 UK time
Martin , Washington, USA

I've always looked at my Frog as "my" car. Don't need to impress anyone. Saying that, my 1275 block is black, the head and timing cover are orange and all of the other brackets and stuff are yellow. Or as my friends refer to it, a Christmas tree. I never have been very conventional. But that's me. I think any color that you paint it is fine as long as you're happy with it.

Posted 20 March 2017 at 22:29:23 UK time
hreadlist, tables

Tje only time engine color will be an issue is if you do a very through anx historical reinovation of rhe car, but if your just spiffing it up and using spray bomp rattle can paint... eehhh your fine, these cars strugglw to find a home beyond $10k people buybthese cars for what they arw and have always been... fun standout inthe crowd entertqinment

I did my engine in a 3 layered approuch and still love it

1ST PRIMARY COLOR... Sewage murcky green/brownish color... yep right out of the sewer color...mainly engine and head and a few other big parts likethe transmission and the carb heat shild

2nd seacondary color satin coal black ... a really rich black thats not shinny nor flat just a light buff of a shine... all the assesorys valve cover, alt engine mounts timming cover starter ect

3RD AND most minor color ...polished aluminum ..all my hardware and nuts and bolts... okay i failed there but id did try to make all my hardware LOOK like brushed aluminum

Ifound that using auto body enamel was great for the engjne with an added hardner ...usba pro paint store and ask them for rwcommendation for rhat type of application ... im very glad i did as it has held up very well and they special ordered me a special paint hardener that made it possiable

I did use powder coat on the block and love that ... but powder coat on the cly head was a fail.. lasted a short time before it chipped off but the enamal was a god send on the head

Note sure what automotive enamal equals in the uk ...ssk around, as you have differantnames for the same paint here in the usa.
Example your 2 pack is our (under coat, clear coat) When asking by name

Good luck


Posted 20 March 2017 at 22:36:10 UK time
Martin , Washington, USA

I forgot to mention that my valve cover is chrome and my heat shield is made from aluminium.

Posted 20 March 2017 at 22:47:53 UK time
Clare Ravenwood, Ontario, Canada

That's right Dave, California valve covers were blue, UK silver and orange/red for the rest of us.

Been reading your Horler's or a good memory? :-)


Posted 20 March 2017 at 22:55:33 UK time
Dave O'Neill 2, West Midlands, United Kingdom

My memory is obviously not quite as bad as I thought ;o)

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