Was the script on the valve covers painted anything but orange from the factory...I've seen several painted black or silver....is this just a personal touch?
Never saw any painted other than orange, originals that is!
In the classic chevy world ('55, '56, '57 Chevys), some restorers do 'paint' the raised script on a painted stamped valve cover either silver or black (depending on the year). My take is this, and I've judged at the internationa conventions several years, both NNC, CNA, and CCCI.
1) I've never seen an *original* car with such script painted.
2) When I've asked 'why' they do it, the only 'justification'/reason I've ever heard are photos in the big Chevrolet Dealer manuals for the various years, and in those photos, the scripts DO appear either 'lighter' or 'darker' than the remainder of the vc, depending on the manual being viewed.
My own *take* from viewing those same photos is that the apparent different shades
are due to the lighting when those pictures were made, and which parts of the vc were 'shining' or glinting with the flash. The other point I'd make is that Chevrolet (nor any manufacturer) would spend the time to 'paint' the raised script on any part of the engine like that... and they didn't do that for all 2 million plus Chevrolets built in each of those years.