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Old 05-24-2011, 10:46 PM
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The engine is out on my T bird right now and I will begin my rebuild after a bit but right now i have a remanufactured one coming. So its time to clean and repaint the engine compartment. So my question is what color has everyone painted their engine compartment? Should i go black or go with the actual color of the car. The cars color is code E so next questions is where could I find this color in a spray can or can for a decent price. Also what color was the motor in the 65 also manifold and valve covers. Thanks everyone.
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Since you have the engine out, why not have the whole car sprayed, like they did at the factory? This is a golden opportunity.

Spray the trunk area at the same time too, or you can spend extra money and have all areas masked and painted individually.
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Easy stuff first, the engine is all black except for the valve covers and air filter housing that is gold, the correct color can be found at the tbird vendors. Also the oil filter adapter is unpainted. The car originally came with the engine compartment in body color, except for the firewall which was Ford semi-gloss black 80% sheen, and then was spray undercoated. This link will give you the color codes, your auto paint supply can put them in a rattle can for you. http://www.tcpglobal.com/autocolorli...ncoln-pg01.jpg Note the chips are for Lincoln, they were built at Wixom together with the tbirds. Hope that helps, Bob C
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Crikey, what a transformation in your engine by Bob, 'good on ya' as we say down under!

Hopefuly I can get mine to look a bit like that when finished - I wish I had taken some 'before' pics though.
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Thanks for the advice. I have another question what size are the tires for this year i got some based of the ones that were on the car when i got it and they are to big they rub. So would they work on the back and what size do i need all around.
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The correct size tire is 215/75R x 15. The correct whitewall is 1" except for late production cars, they got 3/4". I always recommend buying the OFS (Original Factory Specification) manual from the VTCI. It has the most info for your car in one place since it left Wixom http://www.vintagethunderbirdclub.or...tore_books.htm Hope this helps, Bob C
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Does anyone have a pic of their belts i could look at or maybe belt diagram. I have the shop book but no help in this area and its been awhile since i took them off. Had i been smart a few pics by me could have saved me here. Also wiring diagram for which wires go where from the ignition coil to distributor and so on. Thanks again its almost their.
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Not owning a Flairbird, I can't help you with pix of the belt setup, but one of the Flairbird owners should be able to help you. Yes, it is always a good idea to take pictures of EVERYTHING and any thing before you take it off. As simplyconnected says, he takes tons of pictures, close ups, you name it. That way, he can look at the pix to see how things go back on and what it should look like when done.

All the wiring diagrams for 1958-1966 Tbirds are in the Technical Resource Library web page. Just click on the link to it in my signature element below and scroll down until you see Wiring Diagrams. Then go down to your year and you will see it. You can print off a copy if you need to.
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Well ive hit a snag i took some pics of car but cant find them on my camera which is great because im trying to mount all the parts back on to the motor and i have this one braket and i dont know where it goes it looks like a v has two holes on the front that stick out and then hole and a c beside that hole. So basically not sure if it goes on power steering side or on other side. Kind of lost due to losing those pics
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