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Old 10-20-2011, 02:46 PM
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A little help please.

I am restoring my 62 Buick Skylark and I am down to detailing the engine compartment.

The new all aluminum stroker motor is ready to go back in but would like a little input.

The car is black and the exterior's gloss black paint is also used on the firewall, inner fenders etc. it is just way too much black. The engine looks good because it is polished aluminum with aluminum valve cover powder coated red as well as the oil pan. Does anyone have any suggestions on engine compartments upgrades to off set the blackness. Would it be weird to paint the compartment a dark gray or some similar color? Even the Kelsey Hayes power brake booster and master cylinder are all black from the factory.
I want to use the stock radiator so a polished aluminum radaitor is not an option at this time.

I know it probably is a stupid question but when I but the great looking engine in the black hole it seems to almost disappears.

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Mike

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Old 10-20-2011, 03:59 PM
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I am restoring my 62 Buick Skylark and I am down to detailing the engine compartment.

The new all aluminum stroker motor is ready to go back in but would like a little input.

The car is black and the exterior's gloss black paint is also used on the firewall, inner fenders etc. it is just way too much black. The engine looks good because it is polished aluminum with aluminum valve cover powder coated red as well as the oil pan. Does anyone have any suggestions on engine compartments upgrades to off set the blackness. Would it be weird to paint the compartment a dark gray or some similar color? Even the Kelsey Hayes power brake booster and master cylinder are all black from the factory.
I want to use the stock radiator so a polished aluminum radaitor is not an option at this time.

I know it probably is a stupid question but when I but the great looking engine in the black hole it seems to almost disappears.

Thanks.
Mike
As they say there is no stupid question, but there are hard ones. This is a question, that everyone almost can answer, but with a different answer, first what do you mean to off set it, are you talking a different color or some thing you can put on the inner fenders? IMO you are going to pretty much going to have to take what you have. Another color, a lite color would eat the engine up more, a dark color you would have what you have. My 33 I have a All polished engine and the paint will be dark. I don't have as big a compartment as you, but it is what it is.JMO

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A checkered flag look on the firewall? white squares on the existing black. Other than that, I think with enuff chrome on the engine it will look good all black on the firewall.
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How about a red engine compartment... or gold? Those are excitement colors, and if you want to show off the engine, that would really grab people's attention!

If the interior is something other than black, then you need to consider that too.

The gray and silver that everyone is using is really boring! Those are called neutral colors, because they have so little "personality" that they don't conflict with anything. :-(

It's really a case of what YOU like.
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As I said everyone will have an answer, but they all will be different. I didn't mention it in my first post because like Jay said, it is your choice. I had a 40 2dr years ago that was all black including under the hood. It did have a great set of flames on it, 4 colors, one was yellow, so I painted the block yellow. The engine had a lot of chrome, with the yellow block and the chrome, and everything else black it looked good.

But again you will have to make the final choice. Good luck.

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I think that your gray idea is good. Easier to see in there and will set off all the black stuff. Sounds as if you have got a real nice project going there.
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You said your valve covers and oil pan were powder coated red... what about continuing with a candy red on a few components? Engine fan/fan shroud, coil, air cleaner... radiator( )... could be over-done, but it'd be cool.
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