The part is the color of fuel/brake lines. It appears to be original, sandy, gritty, consistent with the grime on the rest of the motor. I believe I figured out where it goes finally. It has a tab on one end with a 3/8th hole in it, appears to bolt to the bell housing just behind the starter the other end has a tab with a 5/16th hole that appears to bolt to the outboard solenoid bolt and the solenoid wires run through it to protect from the exhaust. I don't have the trans back from shop, once I do I'll try and get a pic. with it installed. I've never seen one before,may not be right, but I'm using it. The car was a mess when I got it ,but had numerous small original parts that the guy saved and bagged when he was disassembling it,a shame he didn't label them. I buying part's and when they arrive it's so thats what thats for I already have the original. It's a 68!!