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Old 04-16-2005, 10:56:01 AM
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I am restoring a 11/2 -2HP LB that is barn fresh. What color should this engine be? I see red paint on parts of it and after removing the Valve cover and Flywheel I see blue paint. Which color is it!
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Old 04-16-2005, 11:46:22 AM
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If it was originally ordered by a contractor they COULD have specified blue to match their equipment...My LA was factory painted green. Otherwise it was probably red.

These engines are common enough that you can paint it about any color you like, and if someone complains they weren't built that way, ya tell em they can buy it off you (at a hefty premium) and repaint it to suit themselves.
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Default Re: International LB

Farmall Red is what you ask for at any automotive paint store or Rustoleum Farm & Equipment Enamel has International Red. I think PPG calls it No. 50 Red.
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Mitch its your call but if it looks like it has original blue paint I would try and match it.Since most are red would be nice to see one that was a originally a defferent color.BobRR
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Default Re: International LB

Could that be gray paint? Some of the early La's were painted gray then switched over to red paint.

If you search the "paint" section here you will find a copy of the paint scheme from IHC for the early la's ; red flywheel, gray body
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Thanks for all the replys. After talking with the Farmer it came from he remembers it being red. I have used the Battleship Gray IH color (Ditzler) on my 1935 F-12. This color was used until late (which I was told) 1935 then they switched to all red.
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John Hammink has posted copies of the letter from the paint committees the LB's never were grey. only the LA's Check the archives for LA LB paint color. CHUCK
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The International Paint committee letter changing the LA from Grey with red flywheel, and pulley, is dated May 5, 1939 so everything after that which would mean all LB's that are painted factory colors. ALL RED. Other OEM equipment colors are a different issue.

The letter states that the reason for the change in color was that they could save 23 1/2 cents an engine on the 1 1/2---2 1/2 and could save 26 cents an engine on the 3--5 hp engines..
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