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Very new at body/paint. Car is red w/ white vinyl top... I am looking to take out interior, and redo the body (lots of nicks and chipping paint / rust. The engine compartment is also red. Is it pretty much standard to pull the engine when changing the color or is it expected that I will keep it red... will folks look at me funny if I don't paint the engine compartment.
 
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I am guessing that you are speaking of a 66 Stang? I have never owned a 66. I have had numerous 67 and 68 stangs. They have always had black engine compartments. The body color on them end at the lip of the cowl panel. The ones that I have painted, I have mask under that lip, and left the engine in. If I was going to paint the engine compartment, I would take the engine and everything else out to do it. Would be a cleaner job that way. Just my opinion, so don't everyone tell me that I am wrong!
 

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If you are wanting to bring it back to origional, then yes by all means paint the engine bay black. http://www.karmustang.com/engdetailing1.htm
Check this out. You can detail the engine bay without pulling the engine. Either way if you want to repaint the bay red or black you do not have to pull the engine. I am currently repainting a 66gt with a perfect engine that I will not pull to freshen up the engine bay. Remember just take your time and have fun.
 
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Having read the article from KAR, I can only believe that it would be easier to do that job with the engine out of the way. The point that they get the engine to, would only require the removal of the starter( 2-3 bolts), the torque convertor cover and nuts(3 bolts and 4 nuts), mount bolts(2 or 4 depending on if you remove the mounts from the body or engine),and bell housing bolts(6 bolts). Since they have removed many engine parts while the engine was in, they could be taken off while the engine was out easier, as you would not have to bend over the body to reach them. It appears that the only thing they leave in is the brake MC and lines, and engine block. With the engine out of the way, it may make cleaning and painting easier, as you have more room to work.

I frankly don't see where the additional 12 hours they quote comes from. Since I have pulled small blocks out of Mustangs in less than 1 hour by myself, once the hood is off, and radiator is out. Also I would think they could do the compartment in less than 50 hours if the engine is out, instead of in their way.
 

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i agree... the level of dissassembly they go to, you'd be better off removing the engine hook line and sinker. with a crane and the radiator out it's easy!

seems weird to me too mate...
 

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I agree that it would be easier to pull the engine and detail both seperately, but the other way is a good alternative if one does not have the room or equipment to pull, store, and work on both seperately. Just another way to skin this cat.
 
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RJL said:
I agree that it would be easier to pull the engine and detail both seperately, but the other way is a good alternative if one does not have the room or equipment to pull, store, and work on both seperately. Just another way to skin this cat.
RJL... I wasn't saying that they were wrong, just giving my opinion. I like things out of my way. Also I must have been confused. I thought we were talking about a pony not a cat! :confused:
 
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