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Hot Rods Black painted engines

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jjjmm56, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. Dasheot
    Joined: Jun 19, 2015
    Posts: 121

    from Georgia

    My advice go black , I got 1 of each polished and black. My wife's car is the 32 with the polished motor. There are stupid hours put in to keep it looking good , my car the Pontiac is a 10 minute deal to clean the motor.

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  2. Allinger
    Joined: Sep 2, 2011
    Posts: 2


    Donut Dave,
    I am interested in the origin of the black air cleaner you have on the SBC. I made one of very similar appearance to cover an LS motor. I would like to be able to purchase such an air cleaner and modify it to fit... Would you share where it came from?
  3. Ron Brown
    Joined: Jul 6, 2015
    Posts: 1,630

    Ron Brown

    waiting to install in my avatar after I retire at end of year IMG_1345.JPG IMG_1345.JPG IMG_1478.JPG
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  4. Donut Dave
    Joined: Jul 9, 2007
    Posts: 393

    Donut Dave

    I made the air cleaner in my shop, wanted to cover the carburetor as much as possible. I'm just a "Backyard Barney" builder, not interested in doing work for others!
  5. Allinger
    Joined: Sep 2, 2011
    Posts: 2


    I understand completely!:) What did you start with and what it is made with? Where did you get the chrome/stainless screen? I am looking at making another one, and if I could find a starter piece, it would be less labor for me...
    I started with a plywood buck and 23 gauge sheet metal to keep it light and easy to form. IMG_0681.JPG IMG_0865.JPG . Cut holes for air filter, Spot welded it all together. IMG_0879.JPG
    Now have to body work and decide on paint. Thanks for the reply and any info you are willing to share.
  6. Koz
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,380


    078.JPG An "Amen" on the Eastwood Ceramic. it is damn near bulletproof and takes fuel contact very well. Only one I know that endures brake fluid.
    A few I built for clients.........

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  7. willumbilt
    Joined: Jul 15, 2010
    Posts: 43


    [​IMG] Ford 223

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  8. Donut Dave
    Joined: Jul 9, 2007
    Posts: 393

    Donut Dave

  9. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
    Posts: 2,444

    Gary Addcox

    I don't remember seeing a firewall done like yours. Very unique and badass. Super clean ride.
  10. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    Nice ride. Who builds those headers? I keep seeing them pop up, from time to time.
  11. Koz
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,380


    I assume you mean the ones on the Coupester. That set I built using mostly Patriot components. Most people I think just use the Speedway ones. The turnouts are just segments of 3 1/2" mandrel U cut to fit. I have blockoff plates inside the U with silicone gaskets to close off the open headers when wanted. I don't care for the appearance of the 4 bolt plates to block the headers. They pull off with a wing nut. I don't get too carried away with perfection on these as PA. require them to be wrapped anyway.

    This was an early build pic on this car with a 4V carb to break in the engine. It was replaced with a set of 'trips after the engine was setup. Very nice driver with a ton of legroom and great profile.
  12. Can you tell?!?
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  13. Koz
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,380


    Saw the original Mysterion when I was maybe 12 years old. Completely ended any hope I had for a normal life...... I've had the hot rod affliction ever since.
  14. mike bowling
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
    Posts: 3,556

    mike bowling

    not without a welding helmet!!
  15. Right? He fried a lot of our brains with that machine.
  16. chop job
    Joined: Feb 16, 2013
    Posts: 590

    chop job
    from Wisconsin

    Once you go black you never go back.
  17. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,442

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    The black 327 in my Henry J. 010.JPG
  18. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 4,277


    Black paint for heat dissipation? I can see it for increased heat absorption but to dissipate? I would think thin paint would do that job. I can’t understand how the inside of an engine block will know what colour it is on the outside. Please explain this concept works.
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  19. George
    Joined: Jan 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,460


    That. apparently, was the results of NASCAR studies. Probably why radiators are painted black since day one instead of white.
  20. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,706


    my old T coupe
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  21. 32Dan
    Joined: Nov 22, 2017
    Posts: 130

    from Chino, CA

  22. Spooner Clinton
    Joined: Feb 14, 2018
    Posts: 16

    Spooner Clinton

    Nothin' looks better than a black engine. Trying to locate the origin of an oil leak really sucks on a black engine.
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  24. jjjmm56
    Joined: Feb 7, 2009
    Posts: 472

    from FL.

    Here's what I finally came up with[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  25. Looks good. I like the contrast.
  26. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,670


    Better get rid of that Fram oil filter!:eek:
  27. That reminds me of a tip, if you want to find a difficult to isolate oil leak, clean the area, run the engine and light the area with a UV light. This will find the leak.
  28. k9racer
    Joined: Jan 20, 2003
    Posts: 3,091


    Many years ago the late Henry '' Smokey"" Yunick said to a paint the engine black .He said for better heat transfer So I have painted almost every engine I have worked on black for almost 50 years. He also said paint fire walls on race cars flat black .....
  29. car doctor
    Joined: May 25, 2011
    Posts: 485

    car doctor

  30. turdmagnet
    Joined: May 19, 2008
    Posts: 382


    I was waiting to see how quick someone would jump on that Fram filer !!!!!

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