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Old 03-19-2020, 10:36 AM   #1
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Beings I did internal work & have my engine out of my 35 I thought Id repaint before reinstall. It was brute yellow & w all the chrome & polished alum. Looked good but found its very hard to keep clean looking. Was thinking the original Ford engine green? Not sure itd look good w chrome & Alum. Bling? Any thoughts or color suggestions? Also was thinking black as it goes w everything. Thinking darker color w the way the dirt & oil get black would blend in
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Old 03-19-2020, 10:44 AM   #2
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Beings I did internal work & have my engine out of my 35 I thought Id repaint before reinstall. It was brute yellow & w all the chrome & polished alum. Looked good but found its very hard to keep clean looking. Was thinking the original Ford engine green? Not sure itd look good w chrome & Alum. Bling? Any thoughts or color suggestions? Also was thinking black as it goes w everything. Thinking darker color w the way the dirt & oil get black would blend in
The original "Ford" green looks black unless your in direct sun light. I personally think the "original" 35 engine with the "original" aluminum heads and "fresh" aluminum intake manifold look very sharp. JMO
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Old 03-19-2020, 10:56 AM   #3
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I like black. My buddy, who worked at high end street rod shop, gave me a few tips to painting an engine.

1) Clean it like you are doing surgery. Once done, clean it again.
2) If using a brush, use foam brushes
3) You don't need high temp paint. Use it if you have it, but you don't need to. Think of all the street rods in the '80's/90's that were running around with pastel colored engines. That was the same paint they used on the bodies.
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Old 03-19-2020, 11:03 AM   #4
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0FA5B447-110A-4462-8F9B-94224E87FA48.jpgOriginal color when new assembled. Current paint condition, enlarged u can see how dirty even after cleaning!
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Old 03-19-2020, 11:13 AM   #5
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This was painted 20 years ago and still looks decent. Bill Hirsch engine enamel. Pick a color that looks good with your car color without saying "Look at me".
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Old 03-19-2020, 12:05 PM   #6
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I'm a big fan of Bill Hirsch enamel, brushed on.
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Old 03-19-2020, 12:14 PM   #7
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I like the ford blue with black filter, pan and pumps/pulleys.
Otherwise it was red for hotrods and black for the rest...
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Old 03-19-2020, 02:42 PM   #8
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Thx for the inputs & ideas. Gotta make up my mind now
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Old 03-19-2020, 02:57 PM   #9
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Jest so ya know. The big dragster guys all claimed black paint lowered the temp.
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Old 03-20-2020, 07:07 AM   #10
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I'm with JSeery; Hirsch, Orange & brush. I've had 2 engines with Hirsch paint. One brushed on over old crap paint & it lasted for years. The other sprayed.......brushing is easier. I didn't want to have to keep alm. heads clean, so painted them with Hirsch Packard grey....easy to clean & looks new 2 years old. my >50 cents worth or.......
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I am going to do mine Chevy Grey. A tongue in cheek of having "Chevy" under the hood. This was just a test spray on a side cover.
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I am going to do mine Chevy Grey. A tongue in cheek of having "Chevy" under the hood. This was just a test spray on a side cover.
Ford GPW engines is also grey and commonly available from jeep suppliers.
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The VHT (High Temp) rattle can spray paint that you can get at Auto Zone works great and is extremely durable. There are several colors to choose from. I have used it for years and found that a spray bottle with 90% rubbing alcohol (Wal Mart) and an old t-shirt cleans it up nice.
Hint, when you come to parts, studs, bolts, nuts, etc. that you don't want to paint instead of using masking tape to protect them, use pieces of aluminum foil. Easy on, easy off. Chap
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I painted mine with red Caliper paint. Transmission too. Seems to be holding up very well.
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The VHT (High Temp) rattle can spray paint that you can get at Auto Zone works great and is extremely durable. There are several colors to choose from. I have used it for years and found that a spray bottle with 90% rubbing alcohol (Wal Mart) and an old t-shirt cleans it up nice.
Hint, when you come to parts, studs, bolts, nuts, etc. that you don't want to paint instead of using masking tape to protect them, use pieces of aluminum foil. Easy on, easy off. Chap
Love the aluminum foil tip. Thanks!
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Old 03-20-2020, 02:05 PM   #16
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Aluminum foil! Ya great tip. After removing it and the paint is dry you should be able to use it a few more times.
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Old 03-21-2020, 03:12 PM   #17
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Thx! All good ideas. Just a side note, yellow paint what ever Mfgr it was was very durable, no chips or flaking off just couldn’t get clean looking after driving a few yrs. afraid w lighter colors will have same issue. Will use old Ford dark green w black oil pan & oil filter.
Thx again for inputs
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Old 03-21-2020, 03:24 PM   #18
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I always spray starting fluid on an engine before I paint. It does a great job de-greasing anything.
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I use pieces of garden hose cut into about 4" lengths to slip over the spark plugs. I like the aluminum foil idea too.
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aluminum foil idea is one off the best tips I have seen in quite a while.

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