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CountryBoyJeep 05-06-2013 03:29 PM

Making Your Engine look Purty
 
So recently another one of my friends got a restored antique vehicle. Both of them have so much engine compartment room and painted engines. Just a classic look. I look at mine and see a cluster of wires and mud. I thought about it and got jealous. I don't have the money right now to do some nice engine swap but give me a few ideas.
What all can I relocate and how?
How to paint the engine?
Just anything.
Obviously its not gunna stay clean but it'd look better.

viperx6x9x 05-06-2013 03:43 PM

To paint the engine you could use a high temp enamel. Just run over to home depot or something and look in the rattle can section. If i remember it says engine enamel on the can. It's nothing fancy but it comes in different colors. Ford blue, chevy orange, etc...

Just painting the block, and then painting the engine bay in a nice gloss black would give a decent appearance. Maybe add in some billet accessories like the radiator and oil caps, dipstick handle. They make them in black too if you don't like too much shiny stuff. Just little touches like that would make a big difference.

JimsJeep 05-06-2013 04:17 PM

Be happy you don't have an Eclipse, took 4 hours to change my son's back 3 spark plugs last weekend. Compared to most vehicles the jeep is spacious.

Right now I am in the clean up mode so I removed the air cleaner and all the brackets to access the fenders for cleaning and touch up. All the brackets show a bit of rust so that will be taken care of also. I think rusty horn brackets were installed in the factory because I have yet to see a clean one on the east coast.

Painting the block will be a bitch without removing all the engine accessories like the manifolds ect.

viperx6x9x 05-06-2013 04:31 PM

yeah, easiest way to paint the block is to take it out, and remove all the accessories. Only time i ever painted one was for my buddys dakota. 318 block. We pulled the engine to rebuild it anyway so we painted it up before we bolted all the stuff on.

I would honestly suggest waiting till you have a reason to pull the block anyway.

Then just take pictures as you remove all the other stuff, like the air box, battery bracket or whatever so you know where it goes back. Use this time to drill any holes you might need for relocating stuff. Then paint up the engine bay before you reinstall the engine.

It's a long process if you really want it to look good.

1rbotma 05-06-2013 04:35 PM

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Originally Posted by JimsJeep (Post 3725937)
Be happy you don't have an Eclipse, took 4 hours to change my son's back 3 spark plugs last weekend. Compared to most vehicles the jeep is spacious.

Right now I am in the clean up mode so I removed the air cleaner and all the brackets to access the fenders for cleaning and touch up. All the brackets show a bit of rust so that will be taken care of also. I think rusty horn brackets were installed in the factory because I have yet to see a clean one on the east coast.

Painting the block will be a bitch without removing all the engine accessories like the manifolds ect.

i had an eclipse. and i changed the spark plugs too. pain in the butt!! then i got smart and got a wrangler. best decision ever!:dance:

Patrick H 05-06-2013 04:50 PM

Here's the last engine I built for my '67 CJ5 (Dauntless V6 for those of you who don't know your Jeeps;) )

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/l...5/000_0852.jpg

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/l...5/000_0854.jpg


http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/l...5/100_2381.jpg

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/l...5/100_2382.jpg

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/l...5/000_0834.jpg

JimsJeep 05-06-2013 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by 1rbotma (Post 3726033)
i had an eclipse. and i changed the spark plugs too. pain in the butt!! then i got smart and got a wrangler. best decision ever!:dance:

He started out in a jeep but just had to get a sports car, now it's not quite 2 years and he wants to come home and get a jeep. Go figure.

Every time he wants to do something on the Eclipse I point him to the garage and tell him to knock himself out.

CountryBoyJeep 05-08-2013 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Patrick H (Post 3726100)
Here's the last engine I built for my '67 CJ5 (Dauntless V6 for those of you who don't know your Jeeps;) )









Thats a beauty, I wanted to do a cummins diesel swap at some point and paint it up right but my engine has low miles and I dont have that kind of money haha.

fourty4magjr 05-08-2013 04:09 PM

If you jut want it to look good then pressure wash it and scrub with simple green and then use some tire foam on it and it will look nice and clean. If you want more than that buy a new aluminum valve cover or something :)


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