Last Updated:  11/26/2012

1931 Part Colors

Engine and other Parts
for Five Passenger and Landau Phaeton
Original Color Part

(See Note below)

Distributor body
Carburetor body

Engine under (splash) pans
Emergency brake-rod body
Oil filler tube (Note:1)
Radiator and surrounding metal
Dark Blue Gray Engine body
Bell housing
Water pump
Water pump pulley
Side cover
Valve cover
Valve Cover acorn nuts
Fan Blade
Oil Filler Tube (1) See Note Below
Spark plug wire brackets
Generator pulley
Generator bracket
Generator brace
Harmonic balancer
Exhaust manifold
Intake manifold
Intake/Exhaust manifold clamps
Spark advance cable bracket
Oil distributor
Flywheel cover
Oil gauge line bracket that attaches to the flange on the engine block behind the oil distributor
Bare metal Fuel pump
Cowl Body Tag
Nickel Plated Emergency brake handle, Pawl rod, and pawl
2-Front Door handles and escutcheon plates
(shallow height)
2-Front window handles and escutcheon plates
(deeper height)
2-Rear window handles and escutcheon plates
(deeper height)
4-Gauge bezels
1-Smoking Case and Ashtray
1-Accelerator Foot rest (or unfinished steel)
1-Seat adjustment handle
2-Detachable Pillar escutcheon plates (Landau)
Chrome Plated Headlight wiring cable (or Stainless)
2-Outside door handles
1-Outside Trunk handle
5-Handle ferruls

1-Radiator shell
1-Lower radiator ring
1-Crank hole cover
1- Stone guard
4-6 Hubcaps
1-Headlight bar
4-Headlight bar acorn nuts

1-Wiper motor (Landau)
Black Background Generator Tag
Starter Tag
Distributor Tag

Glossy Black
Flat Black

A note regarding the gloss vs. dull paint; there actually wasn't any dull (flat black) paint used in 1931, since everything was glossy, including the frame. From what I was able to find out, flat black had not been invented yet
Oil Filler Tube (Note: 1)  There is some discussion as to the actual color of the oil filler tube.  Skip feels that it's Gray.  Most of the Chevy literature shows the oil filler tube as engine color.  But a lot of people (in the midwest or east coast) swear that they've seen original cars which had black ones.  Because of these variations it would appear that either black or engine color would be correct!  I have an original car which has one painted factory black.  The jury is still out on this one!
Engine Painting Scheme
From: Skip Geear
To: Bill Barker
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2000 8:51 PM
Subject: Re: 1931 Chevrolet engine colors and stuff

Hi Ya Billy!

Okay, now picture this!  The 1931 engines were completely assembled with all parts except for the generator, carburetor, starter and distributor.  Everything else, including the manifolds, were already on the engine, and then they painted it!  Which means, that the exhaust manifold was also painted engine color (it immediately burned off when the engine was started), and the oil filler tube, as you know, was also attached to the pan with a bracket, so it would have been on the engine as well.  Even the edges of the cork gaskets on the valve cover and the push rod cover were painted engine color!  Look at the original factory film strips, and they show the oil filler tube as engine color.  My all original 1932 Chevy as never been touched and I am second owner, and I have checked my oil filler tube and it is engine color.  HOWEVER, some cars have been known to have a black oil filler tube, and the reason why is unknown.  Maybe it was added after the engine was painted, or maybe it was replaced, or whatever, so a disclaimer would be correct to add to the above information, because there are variations.  Also, remember that the correct engine color is a very Dark Blue Gray, and after a few years of use it looked almost black!

I hope that this helps you!


Pulley Color?
Bill Barker wrote:
 Skipper,What color should the pulley on my 1931 Chevrolet generator be?  I'd assume black since it was added after the engine was already painted. --- Bill Barker (Clueless in Seattle

From: Skip Geear
To: Bill Barker
Date: Monday, May 01, 2000 12:20 PM
Subject: Re: 1931 Chevrolet engine colors

Hi Ya Billy!

The color of the generator pulley should be engine color, Dark-Blue Gray.  I really don't have a definite or logical answer as to why, and I have been trying to figure it out for years, but I have not come up with a common sense solution.  In going through my original factory film strips for 1929 through 1932, I found a number of shots of the front of the engine with no radiator and in every view the pulley is painted engine color.  I have also checked my original dealers album for 1932 (it has original factory photos and not artists renderings), and various other pieces of original literature from 1929 through 1932, and all of the literature showed the generator pulley as being painted engine color as well.  My 1932 Special Sedan is totally all original (I am second owner) and untouched by human hands, and when I checked the color of the generator pulley on the car, it was Dark-Blue Gray!  Also, I have rebuilt many, many 1929 through 1932  generators for fellows throughout the country, and I always check the generator pulleys when I'm cleaning them in the solvent tank and bead blaster.  Most of the pulleys have been painted before, but, occasionally I do get a pulley that still has the original factory paint on it, and in every case the pulley was painted Dark-Blue Gray!  The gray generator pulley just doesn't sound logical, but that's the way it has proven out over the years of checking!



 Compiled by Bill Barker with a little help from Skip Geear and others.

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