It's not enough to stuff a big-block in the engine bay of our project El Camino. No, we have to step it up a notch. To place such a work of reciprocating art into a dirty box just wouldn't be right. Under the hood is where the real showtakes place, where the engine will live. It just ain't right to open your hood and discover 40-plus years of dirt, road grime, oil residue, tar, and who knows what else-all cradling and enveloping superb muscle. It's like eating caviar with week-old pizza-the two just don't jibe.
The engine bay should be a shrine to all things powerful and fast-a Mecca and a foundation for making more power. It should embody the time and care you take with the rest of the car. People can tell a lot about a person by the way their engine bay looks. It expresses how serious you are about your project.
In our case, we spent the weekend with the Elco, washing, grinding, sanding, and finally painting the engine bay for this brute. We'll get you motivated to do the same and illustrate some of the pitfalls and tips that will make your endeavor a bit smoother.
Degrease, sand, and paint away 42 years of grime.
It's a cheap and easy weekend project.
There is a direct correlation between temperature and pressure. We placed the cans of paint in a bucket of very warm water for about 10 minutes. This allowed them to soak up the warmth of the water, which in turn builds more pressure. Think of it as a nitrous blanket for your paint can. No warm water? Just set them in the sun for a bit. Your quick warm-up will allow the paint to come out faster with more pressure, and it'll dry sooner.
We rolled the ol' Camino into the street, and it was there we got a cold, hard look at wha
We prepared a 1:1 (50/50) mix of Oil Eater degreaser formula and water. It comes in a gall
After a thorough soaking, it was time to get the real elbow grease started. There was no e
Next, after some scraping, we fired up the power washer, threw on some safety goggles, stu
After sufficiently washing away most of the oil and grease buildup, we called in some heav
Paint won't stick to rust, so it's crucial to remove it all. Scotch-Brite pads are great f
We didn't bother preparing the A-arms, brake lines, the exhaust, the master cylinder, or t
When the entire engine bay area was completely clean and free of any last clinging grime,
For complete coverage of the bare engine bay, we used three cans of gray primer, one can f
The next day, we could begin laying down the coats of black paint. Because this paint must
Four cans later, this engine bay is looking pretty snazzy. Even though it doesn't have an
Cheap Paint Gun While painting, control is everything, and long periods of spraying can l
|PARTS & PRICES |
|ITEM ||PN ||PRICE |
|Scotch-Brite pads ||N/A ||$1.69 |
|Rustoleum primer, automotive finish (3) ||2089830 ||$9 |
|Duplicolor high-heat, black (4) ||DH 1602 ||$24 |
|Oil Eater degreaser ||AOD1G35437 ||$55 |
| ||Total ||$89.69 |