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    Question Under hood colors?

    Evenin' all...

    I am moving along with my Cadillac Calais and next stop is to clean up and repaint a few things under the hood.

    If anyone has some nice clear shots of the engine bay for 1970 in color so that I may work out what to paint in which colors it would be most helpful...

    I've tried Google images and the best I came up with were these...

    I just don't know how original they are...







    If you have anything to share please go ahead..

    thanks...

    Alby M.

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    Re: Under hood colors?

    I'm not sure, but I'll hazard a good guess here. The only thing I see wrong with the color scheme under that hood is the use of gloss black on the inner fenders. Should be a satin finish or a flat.

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    Re: Under hood colors?

    DV33....thanks for your input...

    so you reckon the photo on this page

    http://www.1970cadillac.info/page.php?9

    with the gold air cleaner would be wrong..?

    BTW my engine bay looks more like the first photos I posted...

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    Re: Under hood colors?

    Hi
    I have a 68 eldo with 472 and I think the 472 was with a gold air cleaner. the 70 eldo had a 500 cu inch with black air cleaner. I see in the photo you are missing the v shaped bracing pipes that apex at the center back of the engine bay and angle out and attach to the top of each fender at the two holes noted on top of both fenders....I will find a picture of the 472 I have as a screen saver.
    andy








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    Red face Re: Under hood colors?

    here is the pic of the 472 engine bay
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    Re: Under hood colors?

    I thought the gold air cleaner was only in '68? My '70 brougham's was black when I got it.

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    Re: Under hood colors?

    howdy.

    thanks for the replies.

    68 Eldo.....nice...

    my car is a 1970 Calais Coupe..

    and yep I have the fender braces in mine....those pictures in the first post are from Google images..

    I did wonder if it (the gold color)was only featured on the Eldorado...personally I like it but my car is pretty original and I spose i ought to keep it that way....(????)

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    Re: Under hood colors?

    Regarding the level of gloss on the inner fenders: I have a '70 as well (DeVille), as does a friend. On both, when cleaned up, the inner fenders have a good deal of gloss to them. Both are original paint in the engine bay. It's not quite a full exterior gloss (say about an 80 percent), but is far more glossy than most satins, and is definitely NOT a flat. Core support is the same color.

    BTW - from your photo, it looks like your valve covers are the proper color

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    Re: Under hood colors?

    Sorry, I missed the part about the photos being googled images. Best I can tell, and I've owned three of them, the car in the photos is mostly accurate. First, the photos are of a DeVille (as in convertible). The drop tops don't have the struts between the center of the cowl and the inner fenders. What stands out as non-stock are:

    1) battery cable is the wrong color (every one I've ever seen that hadn't been completely hacked had a black cable to the starter).
    2) The suction throttling valve coming out the evaporator has been upgraded (not a bad thing, just don't use it as a reference).
    3) I've never seen one with a gold-cad brake booster and master cylinder cover.

    I'd love to have my engine bay looking that good. Mine is a rust bucket sitting out in the snow. But I'd drive it cross country tomorrow if I could get around to fixing the auto-climate control head as there's no heat coming into the car at the moment.

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    Re: Under hood colors?

    As for the 472 air cleaners, there were some variations in each year the engines were produced. One was an anniversary year and may be the one that was all gold. I'M not sure what year the one I have is, but it was all black with gold script "472" and chevrons down the snorkle.

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