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Old 05-12-2011, 01:43 PM
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debating on engine paint

I pulled my engine out of my truck to rebuild it, I'm sitting still awaiting to get the block back from machine. I'm trying to decide what color to paint it, originally the block was orange with matte black pan, valve covers, air filter, water pump, and p/s pump. My heads are aluminum and unpainted, so is my intake. My engine bay is nearly naked and also flat black.

Here are some pics of what it used to look like, any opinions would be appreciated.
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:50 PM
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I'm biased to orange, chrome, and aluminum. your engine though. Just don't paint it Ford Blue...

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the way you had it looked good, except the fuel line. good way to burn yourself and the truck to death
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I paint all my engines black. Black looks nice when chrome pieces are used.
I agree with the fuel line routing, that`s not real safe the way you have it.
That`s also why I don`t like edelbrock carbs, that rear fuel inlet was a awful idea. I seen also you have the tranny lines connected to the radiator. If your engine is a performance engine and it looks like it is to me, and if it has a stall converter get a aftermarket tranny cooler. The number 1 killer of automatics is heat and the radiator cooler doesn`t do a real good job of keeping them cool. Another reason why I wouldn`t use a radiator cooler is if it bursts internally it`ll fill the tranny with coolant, which quickly ruins the tranny, I`ve had that happen to me twice so I`ll never trust another radiator cooler again. Lastly if you want a nice look to go with a black engine if you go that route then get yourself a serpentine belt system off a late 80`s early 90`s truck or camaro. Take the brackets and have them blasted, they`ll come out nice and shiny aluminum, then take a can of eastwood clear coat and clear`em. they`ll look really nice with a black engine with some chrome pieces. You can usually get a complete serpentine system for $100 at the junk yard, if you do so, make sure you get a complete set, don`t try to mix and match them. Chevy orange looks cool, but it`s been done to death and if there`s the slightest oil leak it shows up and it won`t wipe off. One time we tried White, and it really looked nice, but it was impossible to keep clean.
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I think I am going to go black, I was thinking black or red. I say red because the lettering on my valve covers is torch red. It was an idea, but from looking at various pictures around the web, black is real nice. Should I just run a hard line up my firewall to the carb? There really isn't that many options, maybe braided line up to the carb. We'll see what happens. Also, what size tranny cooler would suffice in keeping my tranny cool enough to run? That tranny is however on it's way out, it's a junkyard tranny which leaks like crazy.
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If you do go the serpentine belt system - remember that you will likely need a "reverse rotation" water pump to work with it!
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I paint most of mine black because it looks good for a long time. Doesn't take long for orange to look yucky with all the oily crap that gets blown around under the hood.

OMC I/O engines used a really nice metallic charcoal grey that looks nice as well.

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Does anyone have any experience painting the lifter valley with glyptol? A buddy of mine did it on his olds 350 but we have not taken it apart since then, so I don't know if it holds up.
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I'm biased to orange, chrome, and aluminum. your engine though. Just don't paint it Ford Blue...



^^Yeah, don't paint it Ford blue unless you want it to run really well!
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^^Yeah, don't paint it Ford blue unless you want it to run really well!
Don't be spreading false information! You need some NOS stickers to go with the fancy blue paint, or you see no performance increase!
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So i decided to go gloss black with a clear coat. I first painted the block, then I installed the oil pan and timing cover. After installing the pan and cover, I seam sealed them on, giving the pan and cover a smooth transition with the engine. I then sprayed a few more coats on the assembly, making sure I sprayed all the hardware too. I figured the seam seal not only looks good, but will help prevent any low pressure leaks. I painted the hardware so that it would match in color, but also to help prevent any loss of torque on those bolts. It looks really nice, I'll post pictures as soon as I get a chance.
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