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Valve cover and Manifold color differences

Discussion in 'General Chevy & GM Tech Questions' started by charlie268, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. charlie268

    charlie268 New Member

    I would like to thank Jimmiee for his response to my question on my 77 pickup. I have one more question, while looking through the pics forum I saw a 76 pickup with a 350 motor that had red valve covers and manifold. It was the original motor and mine is an original 350 in my 77 but the valve covers and manifold are blue. Did they change from 76 to 77 or like Ford does the color mean a different motor?
  2. Jimmiee

    Jimmiee Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Hey Charlie,

    Chevy used orange paint up until GM started putting Chevy engines in Buick, Pontiac and Olds. Then they changed to blue. A few years later they went to black because it's hard to see oil leaks on blue paint. With black paint and fluorescent dye oil leaks are easier to see.

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