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05-24-2017, 09:02 AM
I have searched through a few very knowledgeable threads regarding original engine paint colors, but I'm curious about what lies beneath the crust of baked on oil and grime on mine. Through use of a small child (my own I hasten to add..)I have managed to get a reasonable picture of the casting numbers, which to my eye reads B9AE6015B. The number above it is OE10:3 so I think its probably the original engine (1960). Now when you look at the photo, is the block painted gold with years of crud over it, or black with a gold reflection in places from the camera flash ? The original air cleaner and valve covers are also painted a yellow/ gold color. If the block was painted yellow / gold does that have any significance (color change signifying a rebuild ?), or does it just mean that someone got bored with a tin of gold paint a few years ago. From what I have read there was never a factory engine in a Thunderbird painted gold.

Any ideas / conspiracy theories welcome



05-24-2017, 09:34 AM
Jon, I can tell you this about those yellow valve covers. 1960 Tbirds left the factory with yellow valve covers for that year. I will let others with better knowledge then me decode the numbers and the engine block for you.

05-24-2017, 10:47 AM
I've had (and still have) too may BMC cars - Jag, Triumph, MG, Austin etc so maybe you are thinking "gold seal" replacement engine as used by the BMC.

As info to the rest of the non BMC folks - BMC painted their gold seal replacement engines gold (imagine that)

Very good question. I wonder if any of the US dealers or manufactures had such a program and what color if any was used to designate a replacement engine. One of our administrators worked for Ford for quite some time - hopefully he can help.

In the meantime this is a picture of a '60 engine that was reported to only have 23K miles at the time of the pic. A bit hard to tell but the block is black.



05-24-2017, 11:07 AM
BMC Gold Seal engines.....there's a blast from the past

05-24-2017, 11:16 AM
B9AE6015B denotes a 1959 intake manifold for a Ford FE engine. OE10:3 denotes the day and shift the casting was poured. #3 shift is Ford's afternoon shift because we start #1 shift at midnight. You may find "DIF" (Dearborn Iron Foundry) in the casting as well.

These guys are right. All the castings should be black, rocker covers yellow, and the air cleaner is white. - Dave

05-25-2017, 02:29 AM
Thanks all, much appreciated