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Author Topic: Engine Bay Restoration - Car #100 GT350 Convertible  (Read 14368 times)
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« on: November 30, 2016, 08:48:42 PM »

I am in the process of restoring my engine bay this Winter.  I am planning to use a 2 stage black paint from Eastwood that comes in a spray can called Aero 2K paint.  I plan to make it as original-looking as possible given my abilities.  I'm having fun with the project so far.  It is a pleasure to work on a rust-free California car that has never been apart since there are no over-torqued or rusty, stuck bolts. 

I ran into a snag.  I forgot to remove the top shock tower plates first.  Now, I cannot figure out how to remove them since the engine is out and jacking the lower control arm from underneath lifts the entire front end of the car instead of lifting the pressure off the shock plates.  Hmmm?   

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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2016, 10:13:48 PM »

hi
you should be able to just rotate the top of the shock and then wiggle the bracket off
barry

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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2016, 05:48:54 AM »

At this point I think you are either going to have to use a spring compressor or just unbolt the shock at the bottom to remove it.  You then will have to wait until you have the engine back in to have enough weight to reinstall the shocks.

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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2016, 09:24:22 AM »

I would think if you stood on the cross member it would be enough weight to get it off

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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2016, 08:00:21 PM »

I would think if you stood on the cross member it would be enough weight to get it off

Are you suggesting I am heavy?   Hysterical

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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2016, 01:10:05 PM »

if that doesnt work get two people
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2017, 07:58:54 AM »

Getting ready to start masking.  Then prime and paint.  



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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2017, 09:24:28 AM »

Tin foil works well for masking off the lines and difficult to mask items like the rest of the braking system located within the engine compartment.  Chug a Lug

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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2017, 09:34:53 AM »

Thanks Bill.  I will give that a try.  I thought about removing the brake lines/booster, but decided not to go that far.  I had the booster out already and painted that area when it was out. 



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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2017, 11:19:14 AM »

Thanks Bill.  I will give that a try.  I thought about removing the brake lines/booster, but decided not to go that far.  I had the booster out already and painted that area when it was out. 


You might want to re apply some of the firewall sound deadener/sealer after painting because it was applied after the engine bay was painted . You can go over what is there now lightly so as to give the different shade ,sheen and texture that it was originally . FYI lines ,booster and everything else that protruded through the firewall was sealed with the deadener.

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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2017, 11:24:34 AM »

You might want to re apply some of the firewall sound deadener/sealer after painting because it was applied after the engine bay was painted . You can go over what is there now lightly so as to give the different shade ,sheen and texture that it was originally . FYI lines ,booster and everything else that protruded through the firewall was sealed with the deadener.

Thanks,  that is what I plan to do Bob.  I am planning to prime and paint over the factory firewall sealer.  Then go over it afterwards with some type of aftermarket sealer.   

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« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2017, 11:32:13 AM »

..Then go over it afterwards with some type of aftermarket sealer.  


Just test the product (letting it dry all the way) before hand. Some of the stuff can dry a brownish color - not what you want as a final look for the firewall sealant    Chug a Lug

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« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2017, 01:02:19 PM »

What ever you put on over the top of the existing make sure it is "paintable". The ones that are not paintable stay somewhat tacky for years.

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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2017, 08:33:11 AM »

Steering system rebuilt. 





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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2017, 05:46:29 PM »

Through washdown with wax and grease remover prior to applying any/each layer of primer or paint..

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