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Old 12-22-2018, 11:55 AM   #1
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I'm almost done reassembly of the engine for my '35 1 1/2T, painted the "small parts" today but am still undecided what to do with the transmission. I'm thinking 3 options with extra options if I go with #1. So this is what I'm thinking, #1 paint the trans black (If I go this route, then I need to decide if I go, gloss, semi-gloss of flat although I would lean towards semi gloss). #2 paint the trans the same colour as the engine or #3 don't paint it at all. The engine is painted Ford green (model A colour) with black oil pan n(semi gloss). Thoughts?
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Old 12-22-2018, 12:20 PM   #2
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Red for Hot Rods, Black for racing!
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Engine color.
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Old 12-22-2018, 08:06 PM   #4
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I would paint your transmission with the same Ford green you used on the engine. We recently rebuilt a 35 transmission for a fellow Barners fordor touring sedan and painted the transmission Ford green to match the engine. I'm pretty sure this would have been the paint combination on your truck transmission and engine as it came from the factory.
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Old 12-22-2018, 10:46 PM   #5
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Some time back, I bought a used red tranny for my '39 pickup. The boys helping me rebuild and install it refused to do any work until I painted it engine green...
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Old 12-23-2018, 10:22 AM   #6
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I have no idea what color Ford of Canada may have used originally in 1935. If originality is not a problem then engine color or black are both good choices. Folks won't pay much attention to the transmission anyway.
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Old 12-23-2018, 08:55 PM   #7
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Another option is Cast Blast. A paint that looks similar to cast iron. I know in the later years, transmissions were not painted.
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:44 PM   #8
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The engine and transmission effectively became a unit with the serial number for the assembly being on the transmission bell. Anyone know if the engine and transmission were painted separately or as a unit?
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Ford changed manufacturing and inter factory storage & distribution processes more than a few times over the years. In those early years most all the trucks had some variation of the Borg Warner T8 4-speed transmission so they may have kept them attached. Most would be a BB type package with the heavy duty clutch. Fords tendency to paint castings prior to assembly could have gone either way as far as color. They were all 85 HP 221 engines in the years after 1934 and before 1939 so the Ford dark green would be likely but I certainly don't know with any certainty. The serial was still on the transmission as far as I know so that would be the natural course of things Ford for that era.
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Thanks for all the replies. I went with engine colour.
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I like this reply. So, this means my engine is going to a racer! LOL!
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I would paint your transmission with the same Ford green you used on the engine. We recently rebuilt a 35 transmission for a fellow Barners fordor touring sedan and painted the transmission Ford green to match the engine. I'm pretty sure this would have been the paint combination on your truck transmission and engine as it came from the factory.
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Post 4 pic 2 is one fugly dude! But that tranny is BUTTER! We will update the thread on this car soon.

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My then 8yr old daughter and I painted my 50 Merc trans black
Wish I could find a picture..
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Best stick to painting trannys if ya can't connect a engine leveler up the right way!
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I like this reply. So, this means my engine is going to a racer! LOL!
I will admit I borrowed that from Ol Ron. But I like it too!
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