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Old 05-16-2013, 06:40 PM
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tossing ideas around

looking at this engine bay.. not my handy work, this is as found when I bought it in texas



I'm thinking while I have the engine out for the swap to clean it up some..
do you think it'll look better with the firewall the body color or semi or matte black?

truck was a mustard yellow originally going by the color on the fire wall, and back side of bed
it is currently 1977 vette yellow..



beyond that, what color for the engine, the ole school orange the mid years blue or the corp engine black..
I'm thinking the orange and yellow will clash,, the blue is to "ford" looking,
black is just well black..
was thinking maybe a dark charcoal

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Firewall color keyed.
Block/tranny color keyed as close as possible with black flaking.
This will leave a decent theme for components.
Example: Valve covers lips black .....housings color keyed .......fittings/knobs black
As long as the black is a flat black of some kind even if its not paint.
I like two color no more then 3 colors themes.
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Ditto on your color choices Gearheadslife. I say go with a "cast iron" color for the engine. I like the idea of a satin black for the engine bay.
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Ditto on your color choices Gearheadslife. I say go with a "cast iron" color for the engine. I like the idea of a satin black for the engine bay.
plus it makes it easier if I don't keep the truck yellow..
I like the yellow.. but bees like it too.. we'll see after it's in use if bees are as in love with it
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Way to many wire's and hose's under that hood...
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Way to many wire's and hose's under that hood...
no joke, if I can scrape together the $$ I'm gonna get a new harness
from painless or american autowire or???
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:58 AM
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no joke, if I can scrape together the $$ I'm gonna get a new harness
from painless or american autowire or???
Don't need to get a new harness to make it look better,,,,
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Don't need to get a new harness to make it look better,,,,
if you saw the redneck wire splicing, you might retract that statement
new underhood only harness is 99.00 if I don't want to rewire the whole truck..
but the updated harness like painless/american is cheaper in the long run than the complete wiring set up. buying it piecemail.(engine-front lights/dash/interior(light,glovebox,etc)/tail lamp)
it's over the painless price that way.. painless is all one and if a/c one extra small harness

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I like a matte or semigloss black. Plus it goes with any color if you decide to change later. I did semigloss black under-hood of my Nova and liked how it turned out with factory Chevy blue motor paint.
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Semi-Gloss black for the engine compartment. Cast color for the engine. Here is why. Unless you never drive it... yellow will look dirty 2 minutes after the paints dried. Black matte hides well but will look splotchy the first time you drip anything oil based on it. Semi-Gloss cleans up easy and will look good for years to come and it easy to touch up if needed. No matter how hard you try your gonna have oil or oil reside get on the engine. Any color that can hide it best and you dont have to clean with package of q-tips after ever drive around the block will save your sanity.
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Semi-Gloss black for the engine compartment. Cast color for the engine. Here is why. Unless you never drive it... yellow will look dirty 2 minutes after the paints dried. Black matte hides well but will look splotchy the first time you drip anything oil based on it. Semi-Gloss cleans up easy and will look good for years to come and it easy to touch up if needed. No matter how hard you try your gonna have oil or oil reside get on the engine. Any color that can hide it best and you dont have to clean with package of q-tips after ever drive around the block will save your sanity.

haha, no q-tips here.. thats for retired folk..
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Black under the hood is boring.

Making it black "in case" you change colors later is not a good reason IMHO. We're hotrodders and we like a nice car that "pops".

I don't think a new harness will help to hide the wire or do they make them a bit longer so they can be routed a bit differently?

I painted an engine orange and I hated it. I painted one red, not exactly the same shade of red as the truck, but it looked great.
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Black under the hood is boring.
i have to agree there. to me it screams ''i don't care what my engine bay looks like''
at least body color the firewall and paint the inner fenders and core support black
a little de-cluttering under the hood would help too

i own a black truck and a yellow truck, black shows all dirt but few bugs, yellow shows little dirt and all the bugs
i also agree that bees love yellow trucks, that drives me up the wall

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i have to agree there. to me it screams ''i don't care what my engine bay looks like''
at least body color the firewall and paint the inner fenders and core support black
a little de-cluttering under the hood would help too

i own a black truck and a yellow truck, black shows all dirt but few bugs, yellow shows little dirt and all the bugs
i also agree that bees love yellow trucks, that drives me up the wall

beautiful!

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Ogre..man your truck is inspiring. Its so custom, yet to the layman, everything looks like it belongs that way. To me thats the mark of exceptional execution of a great plan. True craftsmanship
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