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Pictures in the "Alfa Romeo 2000 Shop Manual - Engine, Clutch, Gearbox" give me the impression that the oil pan was a flat silver-grey in color (same as gearbox). See attached page from the CarDisc CD (there are other pages showing the oil pan as well).
 

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2000 Spyder Oil Pan Color

Hi,

The oil pan on my mid-60 model is the same as the color of the oil canister - best described as a light anodized looking blue-green. I'm pretty sure (having just gotten the car) that this is the original color as the rest of the drivetrain & car is undisturbed and appears to have an original 70K kilometers on it. Cheers....Dan
 

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I have several original oilpans for the 2000, and they are all that greenish-grey that has been described. They are definitely not silver.

Arno Leskinen
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I have several original oilpans for the 2000, and they are all that greenish-grey that has been described. They are definitely not silver.
This could be the same color that was used on some early 2600 valve covers. Does anybody know of any research to figure out what paint or treatment was used originally (possibly for corrosion protection)?
 

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Hi All,

Is this the same color as used on the ALU cover parts on the hood and bonnet locking of a 1900 ?

I have an old 2000 ( 102 ) oilpan and the colorwhats left is between light grey and
ivory

regards Franco
 

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A friend of mine did extensive research on the proper 1900 oil pan color, then took two he owned, both a bit different in color but pale green to an automotive paint supplier and his computer matching machine came up with BMW #066 "Florida" Green, which I had mixed by my local paint supplier.
The PPG code is DCC43619 in Concept acrylic urethane. This code is for a high gloss and if I were to paint it again, I'd have it mixed is satin or semi-gloss. It's the same color as 1950's hospital wall, at least in the Midwestern US. It looks rather funky on an engine that is painted mostly black.
I have not seen his oil pans but did have a pint mixed up for him as well without any complaints after he received it.
The 2600 cam covers and some 101 Giulietta's as well, were hammerite silver with a definite green tinge but not as green as the Rustoleum brand light green hammerite available at Home Depot and the like. To get the proper color, you'd need to paint the cover silver hammerite and then apply a translucent green over it to lightly tint the color to a green
Craig Morningstar
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What Color Oil Pan on 102 Engine?

Okay, you win. Here is a photo of recent rebuild I did for Cliff Jones in Costa Mesa. It has original color oil pan. But, it has Weber carburetors and a spin on oil filter adaptor which switches the oil flow properly. After ruining three engines I finally got it right. As for the pan, note that it is slightly greenish grey. On this engine (the hoses are extra length so Cliff can cut to length when he installs) the spin on oil filter ids NOT same color -- HA! I must confess, however, that most of them that get to me are not as nice as this one and I usually paint them silver. Might not make points on your fancy concours showings, but they look clean and nice. Lousy pans, by the way, because on really long hard corners the baffles finally allow the oil all run to the edges and the pump sucks air. Have never run on the track without destroying a set of bearings. Moral of story is that two liters without dry sump attachment, (like first car, ala Sportive engine, the demonstrator car from factory in 1959) not suited for racing. Jay.
 

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HI ALL,

on ebay is a 102 oilpan for sale ,

this is the same color that's what I have.

Regards Franco
The item number is 120179308239. It shows only one blurred picture (see below). There may have been several other pictures but the embedded links are broken.
 

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My two cents isn't worth much in this forum but if I recall correctly, the Lima Bean Green paint was used on the 2000 Sedans. The Spiders used the Battleship Grey.
 

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Oil Pan color

Doggone. You may be right. Perhaps I put the sedan pan on Cliff's engine. I had both engines apart and in the shop for reassemply at the same time, and used the better parts on his engine. I may have switched pans. The other one still out is a "gun metal" grey. But since the sedan is the only one in US I will go downstairs (we remodeled the apartment over the back half into a delux two bedroom accomodation) and look at the pans on the other six or so spider engines I have. A couple are silver, I know, but there should be another original colored pan or two there. Jay
 

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I see that no one ever posted what was believed to be the original color. I'm about to have three pans powder coated, and sure would like to provide guidance that is better than "sorta greenishy-yellowish-bluishy like baby pee on a bad day".

Anyone able to get something? I'll re-post the powder spec that gave us something happy.
 

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Would anyone still like to see a color photograph of a 2000 oil pan? The original owner of #310 (for 40 years) told me that all he did to the engine was a valve job, so it should be the factory original color. Perhaps Ruedi or Don can email me and post the photo: [email protected]
The color is more like battleship gray, like someone mentioned than pea green or whatever. I was almost convinced that it was 'almond green' In fact the border outside this page on my computer screen is really pretty close; bluish gray. I hope this helps...Mark
 

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Mark, I just sent you an e-mail that I'll be happy to post the picture for you.
 

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Here are the pictures mark sent me (resized to 700 pixels wide). I think it's very difficult to asses the color for 3 reasons:
1. The spectral sensitivity of the recording device (in this case, it looks like a cell phone) is unknown.
2. The spectral distribution of the light source (a built-in flash) is unknown.
3. The images are compressed in JPG format, which may alter/compress the color space -- even before they were mangled during the resizing process.

Mark noted in his e-mail to me that the color is similar to Notable Hue, Honest Blue or Powder Blue on the color chart he photographed.

In my opinion, unless calibrated and/or professional equipment is used for taking pictures and a reference like a Kodak color chart, there will always be abberrations. Furthermore, the files would need embedded ICC color profiles and one would have to view them on a calibrated monitor to get an idea of the original color.

It may be easier the get the oil pan off the car and go to a paint shop who has a color matching scanner to get a paint formula, try the formula on some test panels and compare it to the original.
 

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