Category Archives: Paint

Valve Cover Paint & Head Prep

I also spent some time this morning painting the valve cover and inspection plates, and also preparing the engine to receive new gaskets so I can reinstall those parts. Last night I removed, cleaned, and primed the valve cover and … Continue reading

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Valve Cover Prep & Prime

This afternoon I spent some time cleaning up the E-1 engine’s valve cover, which was grimy and also needs a fresh coat of paint. As far as I can tell, the early (1960-1963) 320 valve covers were connected to the … Continue reading

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New Air Cleaner

The original air cleaner that came on my truck had been modified at some point. The “horn” inlet had been cut off. See below: These modifications were pretty common, but I wanted to get an intact stock air cleaner to … Continue reading

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Steering Column Paint

Last year I spent some time and effort cleaning all of the grease and grime off of the steering column and shift linkage, as well as the steering box. Today I finally got around to painting those parts black. I … Continue reading

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New Paint in the Engine Bay

Last week I cleaned up and prepped the right and left inner fenders in the engine bay. Today I spent the morning repainting the inner fenders. Ordinarily the best way to paint an engine bay is to remove the engine … Continue reading

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Generator Bracket Painting

This afternoon I primed and painted the mounting bracket for the generator (or dynamo, as it is called in my factor service manual). The bracket is L-shaped with four bold holes to mount to the engine on the front of … Continue reading

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Horn Painting

This morning I spent some time painting the horns that I removed from the engine bay and cleaned up yesterday. Once again, I believe these are the stock horns, but OEM horns came with small domes over reach of the … Continue reading

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Datsun Air Cleaner Blue Paint

Late last year I cut out a small section of my already-damaged original air cleaner in order to try to identify a good match for the original blue/green paint color to repaint the 320’s air cleaner.  Earlier this month I … Continue reading

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Manifold & Oil Filter Housing Painting

This afternoon I painted the intake and exhaust manifolds, their mounting hardware, and the oil filter housing to make them all look new and original. I had at least a half a can of Eastwood’s high temperature Factory Gray spray … Continue reading

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Blue Engine Bits

This afternoon I cleaned up and painted some of the engine bits and pieces such as the generator mounting bracket, water pump pulley, and thermostat housing outlet. I wanted to return all of these part to their original factory Datsun … Continue reading

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