Th350 Was it Painted

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  1. Mikejg

    Mikejg Skylark Fan

    Getting ready to reinstall freshly rebuilt 350 2 barrel in my 1970 Skylark Custom convertible. Transmission was rebuilt several years ago, so internals good, exterior has been cleaned and looks fine in bare metal. My shop asked if I wanted to paint it. I was wondering it appears like it was originally not painted am I correct or was it originally painted and if so what color?
     
  2. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron Nice Chevelle LOL

    Not painted aluminum case.
     
  3. Mikejg

    Mikejg Skylark Fan

    20190815_153558.jpg 587490405.jpg Thanks for the help
     
  4. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron Nice Chevelle LOL

    Not a problem, good luck with your install an Breakin with your rebuilt motor make sure you use heavy zinc additive for Breakin the cam.
     
  5. 64 skylark mike

    64 skylark mike Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure they came in natural aluminum, but I wasn't happy with how mine looked even with all the cleaning and scrubbing I could do to it. So I wire wheeled it with a fine brush and painted it with VHT aluminum spray paint. Still looks great after 3 years.

    It just didn't seem right to have the new engine all detailed and mate it up to a kinda grungy drab looking transmission.
     
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  6. Mikejg

    Mikejg Skylark Fan

    Thanks again Stage 2 iron, yes my engine builder recommends after the 500mile breakin oil to run Amsoil 10w30 with zinc. Decided to just clean and polish the transmission rather than paint. Considering I have not restored my Buick to the degree where I would stick mirrors under it for everyone to see, going natural was the way to go.
     
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    Edward Campbell New Member

  8. Mikejg

    Mikejg Skylark Fan

    Bill Hirsch Engine Enamel Buick Red Lat 1966-1971, codes on the can 5670-4130, Batch #30410, not sure who my engine builder used as his supplier, but have seen it online Bill Hirsch Auto. Perfect match to the valve covers made and painted by TA performance. Waiting on 2 new wiring harnesses being built
    by letric limited and then can finally install it back in car and she will be able to move on her own power again.

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  9. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    That's what I'd do also.
    Your engine looks great, the trans. still looks unfinished even tho its "clean"
    Paint will also help seal up the pores of the bare casting so it dirt and oil has a harder time sticking to it.
     
  10. Taulbee2277

    Taulbee2277 Silver Level contributor

    Maybe a can of satin clear coat to seal it up after all that effort? I couldn't shake the thought of the case soaking up every bit of grime after the hours of scrubbing. Pictures of how the clear looks: fullsizeoutput_3ba.jpeg fullsizeoutput_3c1.jpeg
     
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  11. Mikejg

    Mikejg Skylark Fan

    That's a great idea clearing it, I will do the same, thanks for the suggestion.
     
  12. 1969RIVI

    1969RIVI Well-Known Member

    I cleaned and degreased my th400 then painted it with aluminum colour paint.
     

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  13. Mark Demko

    Mark Demko Well-Known Member

    Why is your garage floor so clean:p
     
  14. Taulbee2277

    Taulbee2277 Silver Level contributor

    I get yelled at when the dogs step in Buick fluid, so keeping it clean is necessary haha.
     
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