Was the 56 V8 engine red? I've seen both red and orange at shows on other 56s but don't know whats correct. Also what was the chevrolet script color on the valve cover?
Yes, the '56 engine red was a little darker and deeper red just like Geoff and Tom Ordway have described. I believe the correct color is Hirsch Red.I tried painting my '56 engine the original red. It was almost a plum red color, so I scratched that idea. It was not a very attractive color.
If I still have the paint you can have it if you want.
Well, I know a lot of people think that the proper location for the decal was just to the right of the snorkel (driver's side) and even Eeeeeeckler's promotes that on their parts site and in their judging propaganda. In reality, many 4 bbls had the decal on top of the snorkel from the factory, but the more common location was on the side as you indicated.I've gotta ask, what is the story of the air cleaner decal being on the snorkel? My understanding was that it was supposed to be on the drivers side of the snorkel on the oil bath housing itself.
That is one sweet looking engine, I wish my 56's engine looked that good but someone stuck a chrome kit on it :-( still looking for some script covers for it!Yes, the '56 engine red was a little darker and deeper red just like Geoff and Tom Ordway have described. I believe the correct color is Hirsch Red.
Yet, everytime I go to a Classic Chevy show where cars are being judged, 99.9% of the 1956s are painted the wrong color. The majority of them are either orange, or orange with a very slight tint of red. A lot of them are painted the Matador Red (which is very orange), like the exterior paint on a 1956.
Nonetheless, these cars are never down graded for having the wrong engine color because most of the people who judge today are only interested in over the top paint jobs and shiny chrome or custom parts, and do not know or care about originality.
Below are pictures of my 1956 engine which has the correct color:
I'm still trying to figure out where a 99 point car started in the conversation. I merely stated that 99.9% of the 1956 cars being judged had engines that were painted the wrong color. Secondly, they don't judge on a 100 point scale, it's a 1000 point scale.I totally disagree on needing to be a 99 point car. My 56 will be a restomod but having the correct colored script is a detail thing. I'm thinking pink on the script might look kinda funny