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Question from Anthony (1956):
On a 56 354 Hemi, are the words Chrysler Firepower that are across the valve covers the same silver color as the covers or are they black or red?
Even though it might be tempting to highlight the lettering in black, originally they were painted all silver, as seen in this picture of Tony Bevacqua's car.
The 1956 factory edition would be silver valve covers with black ignition wire covers. The words Chrysler Fire Power are not highlighted in any color.
I have seen some '56 Imperials with chrome valve covers. This is not listed as an option in the literature, but I know for a fact that these were factory original cars. Coincidently (or maybe this is a clue) all of the cars that I have seen with chrome valve covers had factory air conditioning.
Question from Kle (1969):
Does anybody know the correct paint color for the valve covers on a '69? I'm about to get new valve cover gaskets, and while they're off, I thought I might paint them.
The color of the valve covers would be "turquoise", - like all the other big-block Mopars of that model year.
The Correct color would be the earlier Chrysler Turquoise paint, as my mother bought a 1969 LeBaron back in 1971, and I still own it TODAY!!
Chrysler turquoise is what you want -- any decent Chrysler dealership should be able to get it, or Year One has it for a reasonable price as well.
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