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PostSubject: Transmission pan paint   Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:39 pm

Does anyone know for sure what color the transmission pan should be on my Star Chief with the Hydra Matic transmission. I have removed it and cleaned it up, cleaned the screen and am ready to put it back on. But what color? Black? Grey, or Pontiac Blue?
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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:16 pm

Good question, Mine is filthy, I'll scrape some shit off of it and see if I can see a color. I would guess black but I don't know

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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:20 pm

Filthy is being nice when describing mine. As clean as this car is on the top side, the bottom looks like someone drove it thru a grease barrel after driving it thru an oil barrel! Crud doesnt do it justice. I scrap it off with a putty knife! Thanks for any help.
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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:23 pm

Mine was the same way, I wonder if it's due to that vent tube that vents under the car.

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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:56 pm

Mine was completely rusted or bare metal. No color when I pulled it. I'd match it to the engine or paint it black.

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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:17 pm

I'm sure that vent tube has a lot to do with it. Mine also has some type of rust proofing on it top to bottom so that also contributes.
I'm a stickler for authentisity so I will be searching for the original color if I can find it. I bet someone on this forum can answer the question.
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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:23 pm

I think I'm going to put some kind of breather filter on that vent. I haven't figure out what to do with it yet

I would watch ebay for restored cars and see if there are any undercarriage shots.

I'm going through my pictures right now to see if I have any pics

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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:16 pm

I found this one on eBay a while ago.

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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:16 pm

There ya go!

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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:58 am

Seems odd that factory would paint the pan a different color from the body of the transmission. Also, I don't think I've ever seen any other than a carburetor that color.

Just my $0.02

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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:09 am

Looks like someone took some artistic license alright. I dont believe the tranny itself got painted, it being aluminum. The pan color in this picture looks ok although I'm not sure it is the original color.
Thanks for posting this picture. It helps.
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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:03 pm

Are you sure the transmission is aluminum? The damn thing weighs at least 2 tons! haha

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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:50 pm

Ya it does! Probably not aluminum in '59.
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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:12 pm

I'ts cast iron alright....
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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Sun Feb 01, 2009 2:24 pm

I ended up with a color that is lighter that the grey in the previous pictures.
Cast Coat Aluminum. Looks good under there. I cant seem to upload the picture of it but will keep trying.
Thanks all for your input.
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PostSubject: Re: Transmission pan paint   Sun Feb 01, 2009 2:36 pm

Sounds good!

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