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Hi all

im trying to find out what colour a wartime Gardner 6lw would have been, vehicle colour or I know some Gardner’s were grey.

The colour now is the light green but believe this was repainted when over hauled in the fifties.

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Presumably you mean Eau-De-Nil which predates the later light blue engine rebuild colour and probably was used before the end of the war.

 

 

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Thank you for the colour name,  I did find some paint tonight when cleaning the block though a very tiny piece looks  like the colour you mentioned.

Would this colour also be used through RAF vehicles as I also have a RAF Scammell pioneer that I’m rebuilding.

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I've just painted the engine for our Pioneer in Gardner Grey.

You can order it online at: www.stationaryengineparts.com

All the best, Richard

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There is a thread some where on here dicussing war-time paint colours.   It will also depend if you want a rebuild colour or as it left the factory.  Even then under war-time conditions the manufacturers may not have followed pre-war practice. 

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My feeling was that the engine being a bought in item (to Scammell), so it would have come in the manufacturers standard colour.

Indeed if restoring just about any vehicle to a post war 50s 60s and probably later spec the engine would be eau-de-nil.

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3 hours ago, Scammell4199 said:

I've just painted the engine for our Pioneer in Gardner Grey.

You can order it online at: www.stationaryengineparts.com

All the best, Richard

ENGINE.jpg

Looks good but as I remember only the blocks and bare heads were grey ex factory, the rest was either bare or painted silver??

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4 hours ago, Scammell4199 said:

My feeling was that the engine being a bought in item (to Scammell), so it would have come in the manufacturers standard colour.

Indeed if restoring just about any vehicle to a post war 50s 60s and probably later spec the engine would be eau-de-nil.

The rebuild colour changed to light blue probably in the late 50's or early 60's.   In the thread I refered to a poster confirmed having a war-time rebuilt dated engine in eau-de-nil so it was in use for rebuilds before the end of the war.

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Thanks for the info, just thinking would the engines come from the supplier in a colour requested by the war department? 

I guess I will need to have a think on the colour either the Gardner grey or the eau de nil. 

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19 minutes ago, Surveyor said:

I will admit curiousity, why paint engines eau-de-nil? Was it due to low light?

No, it was to show up oil leaks as they are easier to see against a light background.

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1 hour ago, johnwardle said:

No, it was to show up oil leaks as they are easier to see against a light background.

 

1 hour ago, johnwardle said:

No, it was to show up oil leaks as they are easier to see against a light background.

Obvious now you say it, thanks

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Sorry to bring this up again but after scratching about on the block tonight I have found more of the darker blue paint under the old desert and what I believe is the eau de nil and wondered if this colour has been seen on other war time engines? 

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