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    Need opinions

    Hey guys.

    The engine is almost finished, and we are about to paint it. Thing is, I need a bit of help deciding on the colors.

    The engine compartment frame, radiator shroud, etc will be semi-gloss POR 15 black.

    I plan to paint the block and oil pan red. The water pump will be painted red as well. Now, here is where it gets a bit tricky. The heads have to have a really high temp coating. The only options I see are 1500 degree flat black, or 1500 degree "Nu-Cast" finish. The intake manifold will be gloss black.

    Those are the plans so far.

    I was thinking maybe make both the intake manifold and heads the nu-cast or something like that, so that it doesn't look so weird with 3 different colors. Another option would be to have the heads ceramic coated when I send in the headers.

    Do they make powdercoating that can stand up to these temps?

    Also, what do you guys suggest on tranny color?

    Just trying to piece this all together. Now that I've got the performance part decided, I have to have it looking good too!

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    guidematic is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 70 Fleetwood, 87 and 90 Brougham, 94 Fleetwood
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    Re: Need opinions

    The colours you choose to paint your engine is a pretty subjective matter. Opinions will vary wildly. Do what you think looks good to you.

    Personally, I like the stock look, especially for a sleeper. An example of a varying opinion.


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    The Ape Man is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): '80 Fleetwood Coupe, 1994 and 1995 Mercedes 140 Coupe
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    Re: Need opinions

    Royal Blue looks good especially with brackets painted gloss Black. GM corporate Blue isn't bad and wears well. Black looks bad (as in not good) on these engines. Don't like it at all. Ford Red looks great and wears well. That color is great when swapping a Cadillac motor into another brand. Best part is watching motorheads try to figure out what brand it is! Mix and matching colors usually doesn't look good. Too bad the chrome rocker covers on Ebay don't have the internal tin to keep oil offa da PCV grommet. The preceeding was all opinion.
    P.S. dirt and grime is always a good color.

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