engine and air cleaner colors

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  1. 1bad300

    1bad300 New Member

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    I have a 69 Chrysler 300 convertible I pulled the 440 out of. What is the correct color for the block and air cleaner. its HP440 car
     
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    cbarge World Famous Barge in a Budget FCBO Gold Member

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    C Bodies Turquoise engine color, semi gloss air cleaner.
    69 last year for turquoise.
    Unlike the B bodies 440's would be hemi orange.
    Does your air cleaner have snorkels or without??
    Cheers.
     
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    Welder guy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    snorkels..... I thought the TNT were different color than the NON TNT....
     
  5. marko

    marko Active Member FCBO Gold Member

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    my 70 300 TNT engine's block is orange

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  6. cbarge

    cbarge World Famous Barge in a Budget FCBO Gold Member

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    70 TNT C bodies are orange,that is correct.
    69 TNT are turquoise,which is what the OP was asking about.
     
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  7. cbarge

    cbarge World Famous Barge in a Budget FCBO Gold Member

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    No,yet it is easy to think that as I mentioned,A/B HP engines are orange. (Ditto E bodies for 70 with some minor exceptions)
    1970 saw some murky changes regarding engine colors. Different engine plants painted them different colors,Canadian vs American plants,etc,etc.
    69 plain and simple Turquoise done.
    Color Reference Pic is of my 68 383. 69 had the breather hose nipple relocated from the snorkel to the body of the cleaner.
    Anybody who has a 69 please chime in,cheers.
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  8. MrMoparCHP

    MrMoparCHP Senior Member

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    Maybe not a Chrysler, my 69 Polara HP440 is Street Hemi Orange.
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    Alan
     
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    Turboomni Senior Member

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    I have been wondering about this for the color of my engine in my 69 Plymouth Fury III. The non original 440 in it now is orange. My new engine if I want it correct for the year should be Turquoise correct?
     
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  11. cbarge

    cbarge World Famous Barge in a Budget FCBO Gold Member

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    Gotta love Ma Mopar..Never say Never.
    They were just mass produced cars by workers on an assembly line.
    A lot of funny stuff was done just to get the cars done and out.
     
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    Turboomni Senior Member

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    Well thanks for clearing this up for me lol.
     
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    Truer words were never spoke, LOL!

    The same thing happened at the end of the muscle car (orange engine era) where there are some numbers matching 72s that left the factory with orange engines when they were supposed to all be the new Chrysler Corporate blue.

    When you think about it, there were vast batches of engines all painted up that got grabbed and stuffed into cars on the line. There's bound to be anomalies...but cbarge spelled out well how it was envisioned to be from the factory.
     
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    cbarge World Famous Barge in a Budget FCBO Gold Member

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    I can add to that..72 340 Demon build date April 72..Numbers matching engine but casting date April of 71!! Has the good 71 crank but with low compression 72 pistons. Apparently there was an overstock of engines and were used up as needed..
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    Turboomni Senior Member

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    So what you are saying is ,it doesn't matter.
     
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    I'd say it matters to an extent. If it's numbers matching, pressure wash it and restore it to the colours you find, even if they're "odd" as its part of the history.
    If it's a transplant, then do what you feel, because, let's face it. Restoring C bodies is not about cashing in at B/J.
     
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  17. cbarge

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    If the engine is original to the car,go with the color already on it.
    Otherwise go with what you like it is your car after all.
     
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    www.hirschauto.com

    They have the correct colors and their application charts are usually correct.

    Dave
     
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    I've been looking for the documentation but haven't been able to find it yet. I'm fairly certain I had some that indicated all L code 69's were Hemi Orange. I know mine is and it's the original engine, never repainted. Having said that, mine is also a Plymouth Sport Fury but I believe it was L code engines, not related to Make. Same would be true for HP 383's if memory serves. If I find the document, I'll share it.

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    Just saying in the off chance the nasty old battery cable is OEM. It should have the original paint color on it.

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