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Freeze plugs natural or painted?

I'm close to painting the block out of my 1965 K-code Mustang (San Jose 2.16.1965) and I'm fairly certain that the freeze plugs were painted the same black as the block. But just to be sure I thought I would post the question here: are the freeze plugs installed after the block is painted and left their in their natural finish, or are they sprayed black when the rest of the block is painted? Thanks!
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Normally they are painted after install with the block, if they are steel then they should be painted due to rust. If they are brass, I've seen them both ways but it's not needed with the brass one's. Use caution though as some brass plugs are just plated and can loose some of the plating on the install. Others can chime in. Good luck, Jim

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Normally they are painted after install with the block, if they are steel then they should be painted due to rust. If they are brass, I've seen them both ways but it's not needed with the brass one's. Use caution though as some brass plugs are just plated and can loose some of the plating on the install. Others can chime in. Good luck, Jim

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You are correct for concourse, steel or brass, yes you paint them. If they are steel, yes you paint them no matter what. If your not going for concourse and they are brass, it's your preference, doesn't matter either way. Mine are brass and painted, my preference but some like seeing the shiny brass. Jim

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But, do you have the ones with the correct letter stamped into them? I have no idea what the letter or emblem is. They are not plain.

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You are correct for concourse, steel or brass, yes you paint them. If they are steel, yes you paint them no matter what. If your not going for concourse and they are brass, it's your preference, doesn't matter either way. Mine are brass and painted, my preference but some like seeing the shiny brass. Jim
Since this thread is in the Concours forum, we should focus on Concours correct answers.

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But, do you have the ones with the correct letter stamped into them? I have no idea what the letter or emblem is. They are not plain.
Roddster, I'll have to look at some examples. That said, a feature such as that would not be required for an MCA Concours level car, that would be a Thoroughbred level issue.

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