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#1 Aaronw

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 06:40 AM

Edit - I updated this first post on 8/2/10 to reflect the additional info collected so far.
Thanks for the help and feel free to offer further corrections or info.



On another site someone was just asking about the correct color for the motor in a truck kit, this got me thinking it is a pretty common question and since there is a fairly limited number of truck engines available in kits or resin it could be handy to make up a list of the colors so we have the info in one place.



Allis Chalmers - Plum Crazy Purple

Caterpillar
3406 - New Cat Yellow
3208 - New Cat Yellow


Cummins
NHC250 - Cummins Beige
NTA370 - Cummins Beige
NTC350 - Cummins Beige
N14 - Black (may have red valve covers)
V-903 - Dark grey or Black


Detroit Diesel
Series 60 - DD Alpine Green
6-71 - DD Alpiine Green
8V71 - DD Alpine Green
12V71 - DD Alpine Green or Silver
16V71 - DD Alpine Green
8V92 - Silver


Chevrolet
1940s to late 1950s - Medium grey
Late 1950s to 1963 I-6 engines Chevrolet engine blue, V-8 Chevrolet engine red (orange)


Ford
Ford 331 Flathead truck engine - Dark Spruce Green
OHV 1954 to 1961 - Red
534SD - Ford Blue


GMC
GMC 1940s - Avacado
GMC late 1940s to early 1950s Dark Green
GMC 1950s Crimson Red
GMC 1960s V-6 Alpine Green, V-8 Red
Turbine - Red


International
V-800 - Metallic blue


Mack - Pre 1990 gold, Post 1990 grey, or blue / grey if equipped with an intercooler
ENDT675
ENDT676
ENDT865
4cyl (Mack AC) - medium grey
Super tip turbine - red


Exceptions, some truck manufacturer's use their own colors instead of the engine builders color

AutoCar - White through 1968-69 then manufacturer color
Ford - Black until 1965, Ford Blue until 1982, Ford Corporate Grey
Diamond Reo - Red
Peterbilt - White through 1984 then engine manufacturer color
Kenworth - White through 1975 then engine manufacturer color



Might as well include the available paints as well

Krylon
New Cat Yellow
Old Cat Yellow (I believe Caterpiller changed to the new yellow in the 1950's)


Duplicolor
Detroit Diesel Alpine Green
Ford Blue

Fleetrite (available at International dealers)
Cummins Beige
DT466 Blue

Testors Model Master offers many factory engine colors.


Suggestions for close matches with non-factory paints

IH V-800 - Testors Model Master Lacquer #28150 metallic 1969 Ford Acapulco blue
IH V-800 - Tamiya #TS19 Metallic blue
Diamond Reo / Mack - Testors Model Master #52709 Boyd Red
DD Alpine Green - Testors Model Master Acryl #4774 RLM 25, Polly Scale #505270 British Interior Grey Green
AC Mack Grey - Model Master #1725 Neutral grey, Model Master Acryl #4757 Neutral grey

Edited by Aaronw, 02 August 2010 - 08:40 AM.


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Posted 06 December 2006 - 09:09 AM

what about a Cummins NTC-350

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 09:15 AM

what about a Cummins NTC-350


Is that available in a kit?


Never mind it was a typo should have been NTC not NTD in my list. :oops:

fixed it

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 12:38 PM

thanks, had me scared there, my pete has that engine and I was like :?:

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 01:47 PM

thanks, had me scared there, my pete has that engine and I was like :?:


So what color is it? geez you drive one of these and don't get the point of the post :wink:

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 01:54 PM

i dont drive one im building one

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 02:13 PM

Engine color if in a pre 1984 Peterbilt:
Detroit Diesel
Caterpillar
Cummins

Engine color would be WHITE.

There were exceptions, but before '84 white was the color that Peterbilt ordered its engines. Caterpillar was the last to stop painting them white.

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 03:45 PM

i dont drive one im building one


Sorry, thought you had a real one. Hope you caught the :wink: just giving you a hard time.

Thanks Tim, that makes it pretty easy if its an older Pete the motors white.

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Posted 07 December 2006 - 12:58 PM

It's also my understanding, although I could be wrong and I hope someone corrects me if I am, but if you are building an older International or Kenworth, they painted all engines red. As for the N14, as the former owner of one, those are black. Some, like mine, had red valve covers. Some had black ones. The red valve covers indicated it was a CELECT PLUS. I hope this helps some.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 03:45 PM

From what I understand and have seen the only N14 that had the red rocker box covers were the celect plus that were 525 hp. Under 525 hp they were black and even shaped different.

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 03:57 PM

Mine was definately a CeLECT Plus. At times, I miss that engine, but mine was a 500 HP. Anyway, good luck with your quest for the right engine color

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 09:58 AM

I have a first-issue Chevy Titan 90 kit and an AMT-Ertl American Lafrance pumper, both with 8V71 Detroit diesels (though some parts are slightly different for both engines). I painted both engines silver because that's what it showed on the Chevy Titan's box.

Engine color if in a pre 1984 Peterbilt:
Detroit Diesel
Caterpillar
Cummins
Engine color would be WHITE.
There were exceptions, but before '84 white was the color that Peterbilt ordered its engines. Caterpillar was the last to stop painting them white.
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Oops. I have a 359 kit in progress, and I painted the Cummins engine gray. I chose this color because I thought I saw a gray one in a a GMC Astro brochure (see http://public.fotki....tro1972-13.html. However, it appears I'm wrong.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 08:23 PM

my dad was an owner operator, he had a 78 Peterbilt and an 83 Kenworth K-100, both sported the V8 Detroit Diesel Silver 92, which as the name implies, were silver, they were both 475 HP

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 04:56 AM

This poses an interesting question: when did Cummins paint their engines grey? I always thought the older ones were beige, the N-14 series gloss black, and the Signature 600 & ISX red with chrome or black valve covers respectively. I sort of have a list going of engine colors by engine manufacturer, truck manufacturer, & the approximate years. It isn't all inclusive, and probably not totally accurate; but here goes!

Caterpillar (all engine models) - yellow (exceptions noted below)

Cummins (NTC-250, NTC-350, & NTA-370) - Beige (exceptions noted below)
Cummins N-14 - Gloss Black
Cummins Signature 600 - Gloss Red w/chrome valve cover
Cummins ISX - Gloss Red w/ gloss black valve cover

Ford (either Caterpillar or Ford make) - Blue (not sure about a Cummins N-14, probably black)

Detroit Diesel 6V71 & 8V71 - Alpine Green
Detroit Diesel 8V92 - Silver
Detroit Diesel 12V71 - Alpine Green or Silver

Peterbilt (all engine models from ~1950 - 1985) - white

Kenworth (all engine model from ~1950 - 1975) - white

Mack (pre-1990) - gold
Mack (current) - grey

International (all engine models) - gloss red

Well, there you have it. Hope it helps. Please feel free to post any & all corrections.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 06:37 AM

I used to work for an International Dealership in Cincinnati ohio and the current IH color is blue, reman/ford IH engines are black. I havent seen any IHC diesels red in our trucks. The only red engines ive seen in IHC trucks are the older gasoline engines. Thanks

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 04:30 PM

I remember back in 1978 My Dad and I went to our International dealer with the instruction sheet from the Ertl Paystar 5000 mixer kit.

The chaps at International said the V8 engine should be red and not blue as the instructions said.

I thought back then Ertl were on the ball with information so I was a little suprised to be told the instructions on the engine colour were wrong.

Cheers

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Edited by ultraliner13, 08 October 2007 - 04:34 PM.


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Posted 19 October 2007 - 05:52 AM

I have an AMT/Ertl Autocar Dump truck I am working on and it said to paint the engine white. I thought this was wrong until I saw this forum. I think it is a Cummins diesel. What about any other colors on the engine? Any specific parts not white? Thanks. Jack

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:03 AM

This poses an interesting question: when did Cummins paint their engines grey? I always thought the older ones were beige, the N-14 series gloss black, and the Signature 600 & ISX red with chrome or black valve covers respectively...


I guess seeing a picture of the V-903 in a GMC Astro brochure made me want to paint it gray. But it appears I'm wrong. Oh well, I've never gone for total realism, anyways.

I have an AMT/Ertl Autocar Dump truck I am working on and it said to paint the engine white. I thought this was wrong until I saw this forum. I think it is a Cummins diesel. What about any other colors on the engine? Any specific parts not white? Thanks. Jack


Actually, Peterbilt engines are white. Autocar engines should be painted the standard Cummins tan. Besides, it says nothing else here that Autocar had white-colored engines.

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 10:53 AM

You saw a gray V-903? Do you remember the year? I've seen Cummins Grey tuch-up paint, but I don't know when it was used.

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 07:48 AM

You saw a gray V-903? Do you remember the year? I've seen Cummins Grey tuch-up paint, but I don't know when it was used.


Real dark grey, likely black. I saw one in a 1972 GMC Astro brochure: http://public.fotki....tro1972-13.html