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  • #16
    I used POR in my trunk and nothing seemed to stick to it...(opps, in the olds, the tbird is still a work in progress)

    I have since glued down some nice trunk carpet to it, but it still isn't sticking very well.

    I went the lazy route and painted my engine bay black.

    I was told my car had never been painted, and I am pretty sure that was true in the engine bay, Ford sure had lots of runs in the engine bay.....

    I haven't taken any decent photos of it since....




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    • #17
      By some reason, I think it looks better with black engine compartment. I can only guess that it was cheeper for Ford to paint the whole body in one colour. Sounds like Ford anyway...
      Mine is also black. Have no clue who and when this was done.
      Iīm not yet sure what I will do with my car in a few years when I will take a deep dive into it. It looks like itīs 10 times more expensive to make it original, and 50 times more to make it ready for Concours...
      I like to drive her also, and donīt get a nervous breakdown everytime I park her somewhere....
      sigpic..."Lil darling Ruth"
      http://www.tbirdregistry.com/#33158

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      • #18
        Paint Codes

        Some things are found at AutoColorLibrary.com
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        Mike Lemmon
        '59 Raven Black Hardtop

        http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdat...tryNumber=2461

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Meridious View Post
          My 60 Bird is a cream-white color and so "was" the engine compartment, of course. However, it is completely trashed/chipped/worn off/rusted.

          I am about to re-install the front suspension and place the engine back in...so it only makes sense to re-paint the engine compartment while I am doing all this.

          The problem is that I don't want to get so involved as to match the paint with automotive paint...and use a gun/compressor, etc. I am not equipped to do that here. (Used to have my own shop, but I don't anymore).

          I have found some similar-colored paint (Krylon and Rustoleum) but of course it is not a very exact match.

          I am thinking about going with Black paint from where the fenders meet the compartment on-down.

          The interior is black and white, so it wouldn't be all bad.

          I'm just kind of torn about going against the originality of the car, and just doing what is most convenient and least costly for me. I will be installing a Sanden compresor/condensor/lines for my AC, so it will yell "unoriginal" when anyone opens the hood...but do I want to change the paint scheme under the hood.....I'm torn.

          Any thoughts or opinions?
          Go woth the Body colour! you can have the paint put into a hand held spray can, the engine bay is not all that big to paint, dont do it Black! it will look horrible, in my own opinion it looks like a half hearted job when done black, a cover up colour that people use to hide things.
          Kev.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Rockin Kev View Post
            Go woth the Body colour! you can have the paint put into a hand held spray can, the engine bay is not all that big to paint, dont do it Black! it will look horrible, in my own opinion it looks like a half hearted job when done black, a cover up colour that people use to hide things.
            Kev.
            Yes. I am taking the advice for keeping it original. Once I stripped/removed everything possible from the compartment, I felt better about painting it in its original color. My problem was/is that I am doing this under my carport (I never intended my project to go beyond having the engine rebuilt, but then it just made sense to replace the suspension and brakes, etc)...so anyway, I have decided to throw up some plastic around the carport, seal it off as best I can, add a good fan with filter (which I have left over from my old shop)temporarily to remove the overspray...and go with the original paint.

            Its gonna be fun.




            In my opinion, after seeing the images sent with the black paint, it looks just fine...but I agree...if I am going to keep my car as close to original as possible, the best thing for me to do is to back up, add a little patience to my list, and do it as 'right' as I can.

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            • #21
              If you can get the paint in a rattle can. Why Go Black? These cars just look better in the right color. There isn't that much there like a newer car were you can't see anything.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by tbirds8 View Post
                If you can get the paint in a rattle can. Why Go Black? These cars just look better in the right color. There isn't that much there like a newer car were you can't see anything.
                When you spray the paint from the rattle can, it won't be hardend to solvents etc. so it probably won't stand up well (or as well) to fuel, and other fluids in the engine bay.

                At least that is what I was told. So I elected to shoot my engine bay in black machine paint with hardner added. That was the first time I had sprayed anything....

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                • #23
                  Supposedly the NAPA paint they make up will be fine...but I agree that you can add hardener to your heart's desire (well, to an extent, of course) and other good stuff like fisheye remover when using a gun.

                  You can indeed get pure white, and pure black gloss machinery/industrial paint in a can that is made to stand up to harsh chemicals...but the white is "too white" for my creamy-white, and the black...well...I just can't bring myself to alter the paint scheme. Even though it would be much easier and more convenient for me all the way around.

                  I certainly think the black looks great. The pics in this thread showed me that I was correct in that black under the hood would look fine.

                  Of course, all this is subjective to opinion.

                  I certainly think the way the black paint has been applied in the pics here looks very nice and not outlandish or cheap or a quick way to get something done.

                  But I just have to agree after giving it some thought...if you can keep your paint original, you should.

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                  • #24
                    The main reason I went to black, was I know how I use and drive cars and I am don't treat them as show cars(which does distress some of my friends), that combined with I knew I wasn't done with the motor and other items under the hood, I decided the black would hide the grease, be easier to touch up and allow it to be presentable till I was done with all the body work.

                    I agree the motor etc. tends to blend in alot more in the black engine bay. It also makes the engine bay look smaller than it did in the casino cream.

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