View Full Version : Clarification: engine color '58

03-31-2014, 05:25 PM
Newbie here. I am rebuilding a barn find. '58 convertible. I have looked, searched and researched for the proper color for my 352 motor. I come up with light Ford blue and black. The engine has been rebuilt and painted a darker blue. Before install.....I want to paint it again. The proper color.! The car is colonial white and I have painted the engine bay that color. The specs that I find on this board tell me engine-light blue. The pics that I see at Barrett-Jackson and elsewhere suggest that it might be black. Any clarification is greatly appreciated.

03-31-2014, 06:19 PM
The engine block,heads,pan,intake and water pump should be old Ford blue(lighter blue). The valve covers black and air cleaner colonial white. Here's the correct blue paint from Mac's.

Here's a link to the correct engine colors.


04-04-2014, 01:32 AM
I personally cannot say that the valve covers on the 59 were the same blue as used on the 58 engine.

I suffered thru this same problem for at least 6 months when doing my 58.

Ended up finding an original intake manifole that appeared to be unmolested and matched the pain to this 58 manifold.

I do not know if the paint is still available, but contact Chuck Siewert at Regal Roadsters in Madison Wi. 608-712-4142.

Good Luck
Sun Prairie, Wi.

Alan H. Tast, AIA
04-05-2014, 12:33 PM
If you want a spray can from the local auto parts store, here's the closest matches to Ford M-2J-998 Engine Blue, used '58-'65 on 352s, '60-'63 144 I-6s, '64-'65 200 I-6s, and '63-'64 260 V8s:

DupliColor DE1601 Ford Blue (Do not use DE1606 Old Ford Blue: this is the color used for '66-late '60s-early '70s Ford engines, also called Ford Corporate Blue)

VHT SP134 Ford Medium Blue

If you prefer to spray pints or quarts, start with these numbers and get enamel:
PPG-Ditzler: DQE 11297
DuPont Dulux: 58740-H
Martin-Seynor: 7958

Or get POR-15s Engine Enamel:
42178 Ford Medium Blue

There is a page in the Technical section of Squarebirds.org that has info on other engine colors that I wrote several years ago: I need to update that page as I've recently found some more numbers to add as well as correct some others.