Engine Colour List

This colour list was composed of data from two separate sources.
Accuracy for Canadian production is unknown.

YEAR

FORD

MERCURY

TRUCKS

COMMERCIAL

1932

Dark Green

N/A

Dark Green

Dark Green

1933

Dark Green

N/A

Dark Green

Dark Green

1934

Dark Green

N/A

Dark Green

Dark Green

1935

Dark Green

N/A

Dark Green

Dark Green

1936

Dark Green

N/A

Dark Green

Dark Green

1937

Dark Green

N/A

Dark Green

Dark Green

1938

Dark Green

N/A

Dark Green

Dark Green

1939

Dark Green

Dark Green

Dark Green

Dark Green

1940

Dark Green

Dark Green

Dark Green

Dark Green

1941

Dark Green or Dark Blue

Dark Blue

Dark Green

Dark Blue

1942

Dark Green

Dark Blue

Dark Green or Dark Blue

Dark Blue

1943

? ? ? ?

? ? ? ?

? ? ? ?

? ? ? ?

1944

? ? ? ?

? ? ? ?

? ? ? ?

? ? ? ?

1945

? ? ? ?

? ? ? ?

? ? ? ?

? ? ? ?

1946

Dark Blue

Dark Blue

Dark Blue

Dark Blue

1947

Dark Blue

Dark Blue

Dark Blue

Dark Blue

1948

Dark Blue

Dark Blue

Dark Blue

Deep Red

1949

Dark Blue

Green

Dark Blue or Green

Deep Red

1949 1/2

Bronze

Green

Bronze or Green

Deep red

1950

Bronze

Green

Bronze or Green

Deep Red

1951

Bronze

Green

Bronze or Green

Deep Red

1952

Tangerine or Green*

Tangerine or Green*

Green*

Green*

1953

Tangerine or Green*

Tangerine or Green*

Green*

Green*

1954

Green*

Green*

Green*

Green*

* Krylon  green #2007

The Colour Disclaimer!

by Doug Giesbrecht

There is a point or two you may want to consider. The list compiled on this web site is made up of two sources of facts which coincide with each other. There were however "facts" which did not match, but I chose to state what seemed to be majority findings. One of the sources was direct from the Early Ford V8 Club of America, whom I surmised would be knowledgeable as to what most flathead equipped cars or trucks would have for engine colour.

Another thing to consider is the reliability of the human memory. You may have been told that your truck or car once belonged to Grandpa and he never had the engine out. A more accurate statement would most likely be "to my knowledge" Grandpa never had the engine out, which could mean that they never saw the vehicle without an engine, during a swap. An engine swap only takes a couple days so it could happen rather quickly, but to the party whose memory serves him, they would not have been around the subject 100% of the time to be able to honestly quote the accurate fact that the engine in it now is the original one. Even to a young family member whose father may have owned the truck or car. Their knowledge would be that it may have broken down a few times and they remember dad working on it for a couple of days, but the engine that is in it looks the same as the one that was always in there. Consider the colour of all the engines you remember as you were a child. Can you recall the colour of each?

If the person's memory who has stated the vehicle is all original, is indeed perfect, there is another consideration. Did Dad or Grandpa buy it new? It may have come off a new car lot, but as we know, trade-ins have been around for a long time. As well as the fact that stuff happens even to brand new engines and again history reveals that the Flathead V8 is far from being a perfect design and has been known to overheat and leak oil even when rebuilt or new. All it would take is an extended trip with an idiot at the wheel of a truck or car which burns or leaks a little oil and POOF! I think you get the picture.

The engine in your truck or car may have been swapped for an engine out of say a combine or industrial compressor for example, not to mention your truck could have a car engine and vise versa. Or maybe a particular engine rebuilder, long since disappeared, used that colour on their reconditioned engines as their trademark.

The terms Dad or Grandpa in the above, could easily be interchanged with uncle, aunt, neighbour or original owner.

I strongly suggest comparing your engine colour to other trucks or cars of the same year in your area. Go take a look at a few advertised for sale and in original or restored condition. Consider the above possibilities as you do so though.

In all reality the colour of your engine, once you restore it is going to be the one that makes you happy. It is not dependent on what others are going to say to you, once you've made your decision.

As far as me being absolutely sure? I too am going by what has been stated as fact to me, but does that mean it is the absolute truth? I think not. One thing is for sure though. "The truth is out there". I hope these words have served to assist and not confuse. The List is compiled based upon facts in the majority. Unfortunately I don't have any colour codes, that will take some further research on your part. I wouldn't want to deprive you of ALL your fun.


*I don't know if you could get a Mercury engine as an option in a Ford truck. If you could, the Ford truck engine could have either colour. The Mercury truck would have the same engine colour as the Mercury car of that year except for 1939-41.This colour chart was compiled by Doug Giesbrecht. Doug cannot answer questions regarding this chart and suggests that if you do have further questions about engine colours that you contact the Early Ford V-8 Club of America for advice.

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