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Bill Hirsch - Engine Enamels

For those of you that have never talked with Bill Hirsch you really missed something.
I ordered some engine enamel for the Flint yesterday.
Bill, who is now 88, gets up at 4:00AM and gets to work at 5:30AM and works to 5:00PM and sometimes later.
He and I agree that being active helps you to live longer.
He looked at our sample of the Gray-Green listed in our Technical page of the website. To me one looks green and the other gray. At any rate he is going to send something as close to the color as possible.
Bill Hirsch has been advertising in Hemmings for years. He told me retirement was out of the question.

Get em rollin!!


Where Are You From? Newport, NC

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes- 24 Flint E55

Re: Bill Hirsch - Engine Enamels

Morning Yates;
If this paint from Hirsch doesn't look right, I've matched the correct Gray/Green doing a computer match with an untouched part of my engine with my local PPG dealer. Also Steve Blomquiest got the formula for his local PPG dealer and had the dealer make it up in spray cans. I contacted Hirsch a number of years ago and he wouldn't match our paint because he said he couldn't sell enough. Some have used the Buick green but it's much too green and the colors really don't match well. His paint is excellent though. I've been told to prep the engine by painting with a PPG etching primer and then hitting it with a Urethane paint in the color we've matched. Should last a long time. Goes on glossy, but as the paint gets warmer over a bit, it gets that flatter look.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan

Re: Bill Hirsch - Engine Enamels

As Mike Linthicum stated, I contacted my local PP paint dealer and had them prepare some acrylic enamel paint and package it in spray "rattle" cans for me. The color was formulated using an optical scan computer paint color system from a cleaned, UV protected, area inside the Continental bell housing. Mike was able to verify the new generated color is the same color as the original scanned area. I purchased 4 cans, not knowing what the paint coverage would be on my Continental 6 cylinder with the bell housing. I applied 2 coats of paint, using just a little over 1 can. If you are conservative, 1 can will certainly cover 2 coats on the flat head sixes. I am willing to sell the other 2 unused cans (cost + shipping) to anyone who is interested. This paint is the exact color that our 1928 Durant Continental motors came with from the Elizabeth, New Jersey plant!

Where Are You From? Hyattsville Md

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes

Re: Bill Hirsch - Engine Enamels

Thanks to Steve for going the extra mile to get the paint packaged and shipped to me in Utah. DMAC members have been great in helping me get started on restoring my 1925 Star F.

Where Are You From? Utah

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes, 1925 Star F

Re: Bill Hirsch - Engine Enamels

Hi Bill;
It's what being a Durantonian is all about. The nicest people on the planet as far as I'm concerned. The main goal it to get these cars up and running so all can enjoy and learn about them.

Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida

Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan


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