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Old 01-25-2008, 11:40 AM
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Question What color is the Bell Housing?

What's the color is the Bell Housing supposed to be for a 60 HT?

The Original Factory Specs say that it's Chassis Black, but I've seen other places that say it's natural.

I have it off of the engine and now's the time to do it.

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Old 01-25-2008, 12:29 PM
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Default bellhouseing and transmission on 430

The guy that did my 59 said it was metal color,kind of silver gray is what he painted it.

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In the original (1978) Concours Rules from VTCA it says;
"Any transmission, std or Automatic, new or rebuilt, which is externally identical to the original, acceptable. Not painted.

They were bare metal (stupid stupid stupid)
So your idea with the natural color is corr. Mine is the bigger (Merc-o-matic they called it then) Large case or whatever. It looks diff than orig anyways, even up top. It's black like the motor.
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John:

You're right about the 1978 rules.

The original Official Factory Standards (OFS) book printed in 2003 says ALL automatic bellhousings -- "Natural".

However -- the 2007 OFS that just came out now says different (Page G3-24):

1958-1960 352 Cast Iron Bellhousing -- "Chassis Black"

1960 Late 352 Aluminum Bellhousing -- "Natural"

1959-1960 430 Cast Iron Bellhousing -- "Chassis Black"

That looks like ALL Bellhousings (exept for Aluminum 352 Bellhousings) are painted "Chassis Black".

Alan -- can you comment on this?

I have it cleaned and surely don't want to paint it and remove the paint later.
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Good catch, I've always considered natural was correct, read it and have observed it. The new OFS does differ as you've pointed out. As a point of reference, I looked at Tom Youngs restoration in the tech section and his 60 352 is natural. I'd have to believe his car is dead on correct, so what about the new OFS?
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Tom's car "would" be correct according to what was printed in the 2003 OFS, in that all bellhousings were to be "Natural" -- period!

BUT, according to the 2007 OFS, Tom's car will be wrong, UNLESS he has a 352 with an Aluminum bellhousing.

Believe me, I'm not being picky. I won't be able to paint it or remove the paint later on.
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I'm pretty sure they didn't have an alum b/hsg in 60. That was the later generation. Maybe 63????

I know that originally the b/hsg in mine was bare. (Slight surface rust)

Over the years, my dad put several transmissions in this car. Poss due to the badboy 390 he had in there. The b/hsg stayed the same. Then they put this heavy monster in there and it's been bullet proof. The one in there now is CLOSE to the firewall. if/when it grenades, it'll be C6 time.
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My 2 cents.My 60 352 is black.I would say stick a magnet on it and if it sticks,go with the newest additon and paint it black.Of course that is just an opion and you know what they say about that.
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As far as I remember, the birds I've seen (and I owned 3 sqbirds as a teen) bell housings have been natural, not painted. My money is on a typo in the new OFS. ...
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I just cross-posted this question on the VTCI site to see if anyone responds.
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