Over the past couple years I've made it a point to try and find the correct color for the engines, the gray/green color. It is not gray it is refered to as gray/green. Even the PPG paint guy I showed the item to said it was definitely not just gray but had green in it. I've looked at engines, I've contacted the auto color library historian in California who has paint chips back to the teens and had samples sent of period gray/green paint from them. I also had the late Bob Porter of our club who was a perfectionist and won his AACA Senior award for his restoration on his Star send me a sample of the original paint from his car that he had mixed. He was also a technical advisor for our club for many many years. I then took my engine apart and found a place that had not been disturbed. As Steve said it was cleaned by the paint store, computer matched and a formula developed. I am 100% sure that this is the original paint that Continental or Durant put on my engine when manufactured. I've compared some of these samples and they are super similar. Yes there is slight variations but for the most part a very very close. Of course I have no way of knowing if Continental painted these engines before giving them to Durant or Durant painted them. If Durant painted them than of course each factory could have the color mixed a bit differently as we've seen from the numerous parts supplied to each plant that have been slightly different. Now as far as the other colors of Durant engines, I've seen black and red for Stars, silver color or gray for 1930 plus. I have not done the research on these engine colors yet.
I have heard of no other person taking the time or effort to try and find the right color and come to some standardization. This was done to try if at all possible to help those that wish to try to do as authentic a restoration as possible on their car. But we had one member go for his AACA Senior Award loose a number of points in judging for the incorrect engine color so the color does matter. I feel 100% confident in my research and will continue to point those interested in the best choice in a close color to what I've discovered. Of course its your car and you can paint the engine any color you want if authenticity doesn't matter to you.
Where Are You From? Oviedo, Florida
Do You own a car built by Durant? 1928 Durant Model 65 4 door sedan from Elizabeth, NJ Plant