Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northfield, Illinois
Ferrari pre '68 painted all blocks, heads and transmission / transaxle cases. They used a silver paint, the color which is identical to Harley Davidson case paint that is sold in rattle cans. Partly this was because some castings were sand-castings and porous, those had more enamel black paint on the inside to stop oil seep (somewhat). These older Ferrari components all seeped and got messy with time, as it was the nature of those engines. Today the porous castings get pressure treated with epoxy and the new silver paint comes from a paint manufacturer in Indiana near Indianapolis, and that silver does not discolor, chip or oil stain. Some of the restored old V12's no longer ooze or drip oil! Completely NON-ORIGINAL. The lesson here is to paint them CORRECTLY if you want.
Just my opinion from my own experiences and observations over time.
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