Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
4/13/09 9:08 a.m.

We’ve all been there: Walked up to an innocuous-looking vehicle needing some attention and popped the hood, only to be greeted with a filthy mess that would make even a trench-war veteran flinch. When the time comes to do any engine work, it’s a shame to be faced with a ratty engine compartment—especially when it’s your own car.

We recently faced this situation with our Datsun 240Z. Fortunately, the Z-car was due to get its engine rebuilt, so we’d have nearly unequaled access to its compartment. We didn’t have the time or desire to completely strip and repaint the engine bay, but we still managed to do a simple makeover without spending much time or money. Here’s what we did.

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Aktifspeed
Aktifspeed None
6/5/09 6:33 p.m.

Did you guys run a short story not long ago about refinishing/painting a white TR6's engine compartment WITHOUT removing the engine? I recall having to remove the ancilliary items, but not the block. I have a 74' TR6 which just received a great new paint job, and I'd like to treat the engine bay to a re-spray without pulling the motor...

Erik S.

Aktifspeed
Aktifspeed New Reader
1/3/19 5:14 p.m.

Hi Guys,

I never got a response from my comment above almost 10 years ago... My question still stands...

I’d like to see the article, (if I recall correctly) about respraying an engine bay WITHOUT removing the engine. It was a white TR6 if I recall. 

Perhaps I’ll get a response this time.  I still would like to paint the engine bay of my TR6 without removing the engine.

Erik S. aka Aktifspeed 

Stefan
Stefan MegaDork
1/3/19 5:53 p.m.
Aktifspeed said:

Hi Guys,

I never got a response from my comment above almost 10 years ago... My question still stands...

I’d like to see the article, (if I recall correctly) about respraying an engine bay WITHOUT removing the engine. It was a white TR6 if I recall. 

Perhaps I’ll get a response this time.  I still would like to paint the engine bay of my TR6 without removing the engine.

Erik S. aka Aktifspeed 

You do know that these are articles that are being scanned and posted, right?  When they are posted, it crossposts to the forum. 

They do have a search function for their back issues that could help answer the question about identifying which issues their TR6 build might have shown in.

Or better yet, ask over on the GRM forum directly as I've seen more than one person clean and paint their engine bay without completely removing the engine or major assemblies.  This usually involves standard paint masking tricks along with aluminum foil for things like hoses and harnesses.

Hope this helps.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy UltimaDork
1/3/19 7:18 p.m.

That was a sweet Z.  The guy who bought it got an incredible car.  You chaps do good work.  

Aktifspeed
Aktifspeed New Reader
1/4/19 9:10 a.m.

In reply to Stefan :

Thanks Stefan,

I knew they were scanning the older articles, however I did not know that they automatically cross posted to the forum. I’ll do a search there... Thanks for the tip.  

Erik S.

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