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Engine Compartment Detailing

Difficulty Level: 5 Beers
Tom Sharpes

Engine area when I bought the car
The very satisfying result

This project was put off for the longest time because of the fear of removing the alternator - a perfectly functioning one at that ! The removal of the alternator is a project all of it's own and because it has been covered in many other places I am not going to go into it in depth as a separate subject here other than to say it just was not that hard. In fact, it was not the demon that I had built it up to be.

The biggest part of this project was to  figure out how everything comes off and in what order. I did not remove the valve covers because I enjoy a drip free engine now and I did want to create more problems than I went into this project with. I decided to use the same colors as the interior to keep everything consistent.

I chose to paint the engine rather than powder coat the items because I had used heat paint on previous projects (race boat engines and a 350 in a '57 Chevy) and I have never had a problem with fading, chipping or discoloration.

Not exactly a shot from the sales literature. Although nasty looking it is not greasy and oily so clean up will not be too much of a chore.

The paint on the body portion was flaking off in some spots and  the wiring was a rats nest. The A/C is first on the list to go.

With the A/C out there is a little more room to work. It didn't work very well and this is a Targa so most of the driving is top off anyway.

Yes, that is the same engine!

The overall look of the car is really enhanced with the colors used on it.

Who says red heads are no fun?

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