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Postby Tortron » 22 Oct 2005, 00:23

any sugestions to what paint i can paint my rocker cover with, the black on it is comming off and the metal is turning a brown/rust colour.

preferably something thats going to last forever

oh, oh idea. i should put some kind of design on it ie union jack, vauxhall text ect
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Postby grim_b » 22 Oct 2005, 00:40

I have the same problem with mine at the moment and am worried about it this winter.
Mine is on the bottom of the engine, I don't want that to fall apart!! :o
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Postby Doive » 22 Oct 2005, 01:19

Your rocker cover is on the bottom of the engine? Rather than OHV, more UCV (Under Crank Valves). My rocker cover is also a strange shade of rusty brown, I will probably paint it next time I do the tappets.
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Postby nutty but nice » 22 Oct 2005, 08:06

You not seen the upside down engines
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Postby Miss Icey » 22 Oct 2005, 08:56

I still need to get around to painting mine on the mini sometime - I'm trying to find 'yellow' engine paint - but having no luck :roll:
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Postby Neilyman » 22 Oct 2005, 09:48

I used Gloss Black Smoothrite.......still shiney & unmarked after 4 yrs.
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Postby Doive » 23 Oct 2005, 00:29

grim_b wrote:Mine is on the bottom of the engine


nutty but nice wrote:You not seen the upside down engines


I'm now a bit lost. Did he mean his rocker cover was on the bottom of the engine? Is it me? I must have missed a punchline somewhere :D
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Postby Neilyman » 23 Oct 2005, 00:31

SUMP...?????? :?
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Postby Doive » 23 Oct 2005, 00:34

Well, yes I know the suuump is on the bottom of the engine.....

To recap my confusion - Tortron says his rocker cover needs painted, Grim says his does too but it is on the bottom of the engine, then nutty wades in with upside down engines. Perhaps I shall go have a lie down in stupid corner.
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Postby Cooltony » 23 Oct 2005, 09:16

<img src="http://hausintaus.com/SILLYPLAQUES/P24IAMLOST.JPG" alt="lost" height=468 width=668 /img>

doive i think you need this?
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Postby Doive » 23 Oct 2005, 14:36

In the words of one Mr E. Blackadder, "Wibble".
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Postby grim_b » 23 Oct 2005, 19:17

Just to put you all in the picture..... My Sump paintwork has stripped itself on one side, where the oil leak has made it brittle. (Thats the paint thats brittle Doive, or is he still in the stupid corner :lol: )

I only know this because I spent most of last week under it..... I will fix the leak at some point too :D

*Ponders the wonder that is Gravity and how odd it would be if all the oil in Australian engines dripped out their oil filler cap...... Hmmm...
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Postby nutty but nice » 23 Oct 2005, 19:28

Oil on the sump is a good rust preventative :wink:
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Postby Shellysowner » 23 Oct 2005, 20:01

Yeah mine's got a bit of flaky paint too Grim but it's been like that for a while now with a thin coating of oil and there are no signs of corrosion.
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Postby grim_b » 23 Oct 2005, 22:27

Unfortunately I do have signs... I am a bit worried about it, but I will have another look once my garage is clear again this week. I can't seem to have a hobby like cars and woodwork in my garage... Just no room...

I will keep you posted on my work on it as I cannot remove the engine, and I do not want to do the oil change yet.
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Postby Doive » 24 Oct 2005, 00:40

Chevettes generally have a very efficient rustproofing system as standard in the form of their drivetrain. My whole engine is slightly damp with a film of oil, and the bulkhead and transmission tunnel have a nice coating too from years of leaking. It sounds bad but at the moment the car doesn't really leak at all, the oil rarely needs topping up and the gearbox seems fine from one service to the next. I have a perpetual oil generation device!
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Postby grim_b » 24 Oct 2005, 09:48

Unlike yours Doive, my engine bay is dry, spotless and in some cases shiny :) The oil leak in mine seems to be coming from between the gear box and engine if thats possible? Either way I need to do something about it. But what?....

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Postby Shuvit-pinto » 24 Oct 2005, 09:52

Grim-b, that sounds like the rear oil seal on the crank. This is hidden behind the clutch and fly wheel so is not the chosen job to do.

Not sure if it can be changed in the car, anyone know??
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 24 Oct 2005, 14:03

according to the Haynes manual it's an engine out jobbie
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Postby grim_b » 24 Oct 2005, 14:31

Perhaps I will put up with the leak then, because I *really* can't remove an engine on my own.....

Oh well maybe I can get some of that rat chips stuff or whatever it is. :)
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Postby Doive » 25 Oct 2005, 00:08

I have exactly the same leak grim - but then my poor little car seems to have every leak going!
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Postby iety2004 » 25 Oct 2005, 14:02

I have just painted my new engine i got for free off another forum user,

i used halfords high temperature paint,

painting the rocker, timing cover and the sump black, and the engine and cylinder head read,

Thought i might aswell when i was changing all of the gaskets on it. Plus hopefully it might make it look a bit better, an add 25hp :wink:

Have to use thinners or similar to de-grease what ever part u paint, it has a dendency of not wanting to stick other wise.

Just hope i've timed it up right after i cange the timing backplate gasket :?
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