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1961 Desoto Orginal Engine Color?  

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Sarah Green
(@sarah-green)
Active Member

Hello everyone. 

I just bought a 61 desoto sedan and the engine is covered in grease, I'm going to clean and repaint it but i cant find what the original color was, dose anyone know what it originally would be?

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-1961 Sedan, Daily Driver in the making

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Posted : May 15, 2019 6:14 am
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FredRoman
(@fredroman)
Reputable Member

The engine color is silver.  Congratulations on your "new" DeSoto and good luck in getting it in the condition you are aiming for and keep us posted with your progress.

This post was modified 4 months ago by FredRoman

"It's delightful, it's delovely, it's DeSoto"

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Posted : May 18, 2019 2:18 am
BrentJacobsen
(@brentjacobsen)
Estimable Member

Hi Sarah,

Congratulations on that fine looking 1961!  Fred is correct, the engine block, heads, rocker covers, and intake manifold were all silver.  The air cleaner, oil fill cap and the accessory drive pulleys (except the alternator and A/C compressor) were all painted gloss black.  The oil fill cap and the air cleaner would have originally had service decals on them.  Reproductions of those decals are made, and can be found on the web.

I see your car has air conditioning.  Nice!

Brent Jacobsen
Owner of a 1952 Desoto Firedome

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Posted : May 21, 2019 12:10 am
DanLyman
(@danlyman)
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The color is called "Argent Silver." Pretty certain the air cleaner is black (all I've seen are). Most have also had the valve covers painted black as well.

Dan Lyman

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Posted : May 23, 2019 2:01 am
Sarah Green
(@sarah-green)
Active Member

Thank you so much! I will start looking for the decals once the engine work starts.

-1961 Sedan, Daily Driver in the making

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Posted : June 13, 2019 11:15 pm
FredRoman
(@fredroman)
Reputable Member

Just a comment on your use of the word "engine".  I am amazed at how many refer to the engine as a motor which by definition it is not.  And coming from a lady, you must be fairly knowledgeable with automobiles and I wish you the best in getting yours in the condition you will be highly satisfied with.

Please keep us posted with your progress and don't be bashful in asking for help and advise.   All of us DeSoto "nuts" will gladly do the best we can.

Hope to see you in Hutchinson for the DeSoto National Convention next month.

 

"It's delightful, it's delovely, it's DeSoto"

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Posted : June 17, 2019 11:44 pm
DeanMullinax
(@deanmullinax)
Estimable Member

Hi Sarah,

Was wondering if you would do me a favor?  I keep a registry on '61 DeSotos.  I would like to add your car to the registry and in the process I will decode your data plate for you.

I need your cars VIN#, Data Plate and if possible, the engine number.  The data plate and VIN are found on the driver's forward door jamb.  The engine # is harder, but is behind the water pump but under the distributor.  Not an easy place to see and it is usually very dirty and greasy.

You can email me pics of these things if you like, my email address is desotodean@gmail.com

Thanks in advance!  

Dean

Dean Mullinax
1941 DeSoto Deluxe 2 Door Sedan
It's Delightful, It's DeLovely, It's DeSoto!

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Posted : June 19, 2019 4:14 am
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