there are different parts that may be considered the engine compartment,generally speaking the cowl will be body color,the underside of hood black,inner fenders black,radiator bracket etc. black.do a search on this site and you should be able to find the "exact" black paint used on the different underhood parts... that's if you are going for a 100% stock going to be judged resto....
What is the original color of the engine compartment. I think its black but I'm not sure. help please
My original body color was black lacquer. Most of the underhood areas were a semi gloss black. Everything I've read pointed me to SG Black on the firewall, inner fenders etc. The cowl on my car will by body color black. I have Eastwood underhood sg black on the front end sheet metal parts that are done. Looks very good. Hope this help.
If I am wrong I hope to be corrected.