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Old April 7th, 2011, 04:52 PM   #1
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Make your engine compartment look like new


I'm new here and hadn't seen a recent thread on this so I thought I would throw it out here.

My engine is getting replaced by Mustang One here in Oklahoma. While it was out I wanted to get the engine compartment cleaned up and painted. I spoke to Todd and he suggested two options:
1. Pay him to do it
2. Do it myself while the car was in the shop

So I opted to do it myself. I spent 8 hours cleaning, sanding and painting and it looks like new. Here's what i used

1 Gallon of Lacquer Thinner 12.99
1 Box of rags 9.99
1 Pack of Sandpaper 150 grit 2.49
2 Cans of Black Satin Spray Paint 2.99 each
1 Can Krylon gray sandable primer 4.99
1 Strong Putty Knife 5.99
1 Roll Masking Tape 2.49
1 Roll 12 inch Masking Paper 5.99

Total 50.91 plus tax

First off dress accordingly. This process will get you dirty as heck. You can try using latex gloves, but after 10 min it eats right through them. Next, start scraping the flaky/loose paint off all the metal. This does take a while to go through the whole compartment but it's worth it. Now here's the real icky part...Soak a rag in the lacquer thinner....I mean soak it till it's dripping. Then start wiping down all the paint. It will start to come off rubbing it down. It's going to take a little bit but it's a lot better than sanding for hours. You don't need a lot of pressure, just let the thinner do all it's work. This process will take several hours as well as make your hands, arms and clothes black with 40 year old paint.

After all the paint is primarily off use your sandpaper and smooth out the edges of the paint. Also, use it to smooth out any surface rust that you may have. Depending on how bad your rust is...this may take a while. You don't have to remove it all, just smooth it all out.

Next take some clean rags and wipe all the areas down with a little bit of lacquer thinner. Don't want to mess up all your work. Just to clean the surface and get rid of all that sanding dust. Start to prep your paint area. Mask off anything you don't not want over-spray on.

Grab your primer and lightly coat all the areas. One can should be just enough to cover the whole area. If not, then you might be using too much. Once all sprayed then let it sit for about 10 min the air dry. You will find this stuff dries quick. Then start with the black and do a light coating. You don't have to complete cover it. If there is a touch of gray, that's OK. Let it set for 20 min then put on another coat. Just clean up...and you are done.

One thing I would recommend...Put some old cardboard or carpet down under the car. This is a mess to clean up and catching it will make it soo much easier.


I'll post pics once i get home.


Thanks to Todd at Mustang One for the guidence and letting me do this at his shop!

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Old April 7th, 2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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you're awesome! I have been meaning to look into this. What did you do to remove the thinner before you start painting? Also you should add "cheap tarp" to your list to put under the cardboard/carpet haha. Haven't done it before but seeing as you used a gallon of the stuff I'm sure it gets messy
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welcome, good write up so far, love the fact that you took the time to include the prices, can't wait to see the pictures
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Welcome man and great write up being so new. You will do wonders here lol. Pics pics pics
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Nice write up. You're not new to the car forum game are you?
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Actually I am new, but have read enough of everyone's posts out here to make sure to cover my basis.

Sorry it took so long to post pics. I got off a 38 hour shift at work, slept for 5 hours and now am wide awake at close to 1:00 am. Go figure. Anyways here are the pics.


And here's my hand after an hour...It's literally caked on. You should have seen my legs since I was an idiot and wore shorts



I forgot to take a before hand pic for myself since I was so excited to get this done, much less for a thread post. After we got done Todd and I talked about it...I will from now on with all my mustang projects.

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Old April 9th, 2011, 02:21 AM   #8
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As far as removing the thinner before painting you don't need to. Just clean up your area with a light bit of thinner on your rag. It will get the smudges off and will come out very clean.
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Nice DIY, I'm going to do this on Sunday when I pull my 200ci out.
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Definately recommend it!!! One more thing...have some razor blades on hand just in case you need to scrape things off. For example, the label/decal on the drivers side. I scraped that off with a blade. Mustang One sells the replacement decal and it's very inexpensive. I bought the whole engine decal kit for like $26.00. It comes with the air cleaner sticker and others. I haven't opened it yet so I'm not sure what all it included.

Other suggestion...This is from Todd also, purchase Black Satin Spray Paint. It is much more forgiving than the gloss and much prettier than the flat.

I just can't wait to get my car back!!! I'm going from a 200 to a 289. With all new everything...radiator, exhaust, carb...the works! I'll post pics of that too when I get it back next week.

Truthfully, I haven't felt this excited to get something since Christmas morning when I was a kid! This car, short of my future wife Anna and my two sons, have been one of the greatest dreams of my life. I'm glad to finally have purchased one and now and making it great again!

OKAY...enough of the cheese

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Definately recommend it!!! One more thing...have some razor blades on hand just in case you need to scrape things off. For example, the label/decal on the drivers side. I scraped that off with a blade. Mustang One sells the replacement decal and it's very inexpensive. I bought the whole engine decal kit for like $26.00. It comes with the air cleaner sticker and others. I haven't opened it yet so I'm not sure what all it included.

Other suggestion...This is from Todd also, purchase Black Satin Spray Paint. It is much more forgiving than the gloss and much prettier than the flat.

I just can't wait to get my car back!!! I'm going from a 200 to a 289. With all new everything...radiator, exhaust, carb...the works! I'll post pics of that too when I get it back next week.

Truthfully, I haven't felt this excited to get something since Christmas morning when I was a kid! This car, short of my future wife Anna and my two sons, have been one of the greatest dreams of my life. I'm glad to finally have purchased one and now and making it great again!

OKAY...enough of the cheese

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Yeah I can honestly say this will be my greatest accomplishment when i'm done with it hahaha. Though I'm only 20 and I don't have kids lol. I'm swapping a 1976 302 bored .020 with 1975 351 windsor heads in my pony It'd sure be nice to do it in a shop like you though, I'm doin all this infront of my house (driveway is too steep and won't fit in the garage)
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Great do-it-yourself article! this is exactly what I will be doing now.
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 09:22 AM   #14
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New Pics


Thanks to Todd at Mustang 1 I now have more pics of the beast!!!






Ans yes this is going into that ugly looking red one. Won't be ugly for long!







DAMN SHE IS PRETTY!!! I can't wait to pick it up!!! Thanks Todd!!!!!

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great writeup, is the 289 basically like a factory replacement?
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For the most part yes. It does have an updated Shelby cam in it though

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thats cool, ive never seen those kinda manifolds so clean before haha
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Did you start out with a I6? I thought I saw the mounts on there
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Yes I did. Part of me hated to see it go, but after hearing the new engine in it...OMG I'm happy as hell! Can't wait to see yours installed
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Mine was a I6 as well.
Ya, the time is nearing! I've just about got every part I need and the machine shop is almost done with the block
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