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gramos Graham Foster
Kefalonia, Greece   GRC
Having found myself in the position of rebuilding my engine I am looking for the correct colour for a very early car , light metallic blue appears to have been the colour of really early 100 , s thereafter Morris Green and then Healey Ice Green.?

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Healey2 Silver Member Curtis Arndt
CA, USA   USA
Hi Graham,

Early cars were a dark blue, most likely up to around body no. 92, see photo. BTW no. 56 is here in San Diego being restored, and I've consulted the restorer on the engine color and here's what we've come up with. See first two photos...

I've also attached some photos of the last remnants of blue paint on AHX-3 the second AH built and the oldest AH in existence. The original paint is on the rear engine plate and the block is painted in a Ford blue, which is a bit too light.

Afterwards they were the light metallic green we're all familiar with.

BN1/2 engines were never painted Morris Green! And definitely NOT RED.

Cheers,

Curt


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Healey2 Silver Member Curtis Arndt
CA, USA   USA
Graham,

Here are some original black and white photos of early engines, and if blue, then definitely dark blue.

-C

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BobAH100 Bob Markovich
Patterson, NY, USA   USA
A few very early 100s also appear to have had a RED valve cover, as shown in The Healey Book, page 102. Granted, the engine shown there is that of NOJ 392--a particularly famous early 100. Yet sure enough, my September 1953 production 100 had remnants of red paint on its valve cover. Could someone have painted it red at some later date? Perhaps. Yet it's also possible that NOJ 392 wasn't the only early 100 with that red cover. In any even, I repainted it red just the same!

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