B31-3 (6-G) certified
- Jul 14, 2014
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I remember when I was a kid seeing Dodge and Plymouth hot rods with wrinkle finish manifolds and valve covers. I always found that design very appealing. As such any engine that I have worked on that belongs to me, in some form or another it has a wrinkle finish to it. Unfortunately the intake manifold had a visitor living on it for a bit and scratched up the wrinkle down to almost a smooth finish, I'll probably tape it off and do a re-spray after sanding down the imperfections. The intake actually isn't that difficult to remove, but I don't feel like replacing the gasket again. I think when I do the big rebuild, I'll have the Aluminum parts all powder coated and professionally wrinkle finished.Beautiful pictures, and nice engine! My intake is not corroded at all, so I've never been tempted to paint it. I'm actually going to be doing the opposite of what you did.... I've stripped a second set of valve covers and had them vapor blasted/honed and they are going to go on the truck plain. I've never used the wrinkled paint, but do like the look. I saw motorcycle parts a neighbor did a few years ago, and they looked fantastic.
I don't have a CA emissions engine so I don't have the SMOG pump. I believe you have different passenger side accessory bracket (casting) than I have. You may need the other casting to avoid having a belt length issue without the pump. Personally, I think I'd just leave the pump until it explodes.
Welcome to the forum.
I remember when I was a kid seeing Dodge and Plymouth hot rods with wrinkle finish manifolds and valve covers. I always found that design very appealing. As such any engine that I have worked on that belongs to me, in some form or another it has a wrinkle finish to it.
My suggestion would be to read about the temperature in which it should be sprayed at and what temp is good for allowing the curing process to work. Usually a warmer day with sunlight. There are several writeups that I've found, or depending on who makes the paint, they'll have specific directions on their sites.I'm going to have to pick some of that up and use it on something/anything to get some experience with it. One of the things stopping me from using it, is being afraid I'll mess it up on something I really want to turn out well.