Red engine block?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by blurp, Oct 24, 2003.

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    blurp Guest

    My engine block (the lower part) is painted red. I was asked to check
    with you folks if this is a standard factory thing or if this
    indicates a rebuild has been done.

    Anyone know if they painted engine blocks red at the factory? The car
    is a 1983 240 Turbo from the US.

    blurp, Oct 24, 2003
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    john Guest

    standard volvo..

    john, Oct 24, 2003
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    Lars Trebing Guest

    As "john" already said, this is absolutely normal. I was once told that
    exchange engines were painted in blue instead of red, but I don't know
    whether this is true.
    Lars Trebing, Oct 24, 2003
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    Stuart Gray Guest

    Funny you should mention the red block. My neighbour peeked under the hood
    when I was doing oils etc. He saw the red block and immediately asked if it
    was a rebuild. I told him thats the way they come from Volvo and showed him
    the other two cars engines, both 740's and redblock. Dunno if he's convinced
    tho. It's a Volvo thing. I've never heard of a rebuild engine being painted
    red tho, so there you go.

    Stuart Gray, Oct 24, 2003
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    James Sweet Guest

    Yeah they've all been red since the B18 aside from the PRV haven't they? I
    know every cast iron 4 they ever sold in a car was painted reddish orange,
    that's why these famous engines are often called redblocks.

    On that note, does anyone have a good match for the original red? I've got a
    rebuild in progress and would like to repaint the block something close to
    the original color.
    James Sweet, Oct 25, 2003
  6. Ford Red engine paint at any auto parts store is very close.
    Pat Quadlander, Oct 25, 2003
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    Herman Guest

    Mine was red as well, and I've owned it since new. Very good engine it
    was too!!
    Herman '83 282 5.0 H.O., formerly 242 Turbo intercooled.
    Herman, Oct 25, 2003
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    Martijn Guest

    PRV engines are indeed not red. If they where they would probabely be

    Merc C

    Martijn, Oct 26, 2003
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    Bev A. Kupf Guest

    The later-model B280 engines didn't have as many problems as the original
    B28 engines did. But you're right, the PRV engines are not as reliable
    as the red-blocks are.
    Bev A. Kupf, Oct 26, 2003
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    James Sweet Guest

    I still think the worst part about them is what a pain they are to work on
    in comparison, there's just nothing that feels Volvo about them.
    James Sweet, Oct 26, 2003
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    Martijn Guest

    The French must have olympic articulated arm. Have you ever tried to remove
    a (square) air inlet manifold of a B27E. One nut is almost unpossible to
    reach. Fortunately the bottom part of the block is more reliable.

    Martijn, Oct 26, 2003
  12. From a point at sea, to the circles of your mind, this is Martijn:
    I used to have a 240 with the B27E engine. Actually I liked the
    engine, it semed well suited to the car, and I got it up to a fairly
    high milage without any of the more commonly reported problems. But it
    seems that few share this view. And it returned abysmal MPG.

    The only lasting trouble I had with it was, indeed, with that big
    square inlet manifold. My memory of it is that the bolts that held it
    down were stupidly short, stupidly small and stupidly too few (four
    bolts for a six port manifold is patently poor design). It was
    impossible to clamp the manifold to the block and make all six ports
    airtight without stressing and eventually stripping the threads.

    In the end I dispensed with the bolts and made a couple of clamp
    plates that went across the top of the manifold, tied down to the
    block with long J-bolts. Didn't look pretty, but did the job.


    Stewart Hargrave

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    Stewart Hargrave, Oct 27, 2003
  13. The cast iron blocks were indeed painted red at the factory. Look at a
    Amazon, 544 or P1800 and the the block will even look a lot like yours.


    Michael Cerkowski, Oct 27, 2003
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    blurp Guest

    Thanks for letting me know. I noticed the oilpan was red the first
    time I went for an oil change but never put it together that the whole
    block would be red.

    One more question answered!

    Thanks again,
    blurp, Oct 27, 2003
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