So, now the million-dollar question . . . what color? Again, that largely depends on the intent of the restoration, as well as the tastes of the owner. If you're building the car like the factory did, there are countless resources, both online and in print, to tell you what color the engine in your car was originally. Most factory engine paint colors are available in spray can form from companies like Summit Racing. Chrysler used many colors including turquoise, several oranges, red, and blue over the years, and sometimes multiple engine colors in a single year, so if your car is a factory restoration, be sure you do your research and use the correct color. If your car is not a factory restoration, then the sky is the limit. You can use any color you'd like on your engine, although we do prefer seeing the engine in its factory hue if possible. An exception, of course, is if the factory engine color would clash with the car's paint, or if you installed a high-performance engine in the vehicle that would have been a different color than the stock low-performance engine. One of our favorite Mopar engine colors is Race Hemi Orange because it's a subtle color that looks vastly different from the oranges of off-brand vehicles.
What if you're not planning a complete restoration at this time? There are still plenty of ways to make the engine and engine bay look better. By simply cleaning the engine bay and repainting highly visible items like the air cleaner and valve covers, you can make your car look much more presentable. So remember, don't neglect the engine or engine bay during a restoration, and you won't be afraid to open the hood the next time you're at the track, a car show, or cruise night.