Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Pleasant Plains, IL
Tom, I must have missed your posting on Team Chevelle. All Tonawanda big blocks had the exhaust, intake, valve covers, water pump and by-pass hose on when painted. If the engine had an aluminum intake and/or chrome valve covers, a cover was put over the top of the intake and valve covers to protect them somewhat. For concourse shows, check the type of shows you will be going to. Some judges will dock for overspray as over restored, other types of shows will dock you for lack of, so know your type. There should be slight overspray around the perimeter of the valve cover and intake. The entire area of the mounting surface between intake and heads were painted. The by-pass hose should have between total coverage and slight coverage on both ends. If the engine had aluminum heads, only slight overspray should be at the base of the head. To be concourse correct, I painted my LS-6 with all the components assembled (less oil filter). I started by painting the block with a cast iron colored epoxy in pieces, assemble the intake, valve cover, water pump, etc, on the block and then shot it all with epoxy orange. I somewhat rushed it to duplicate an assembly line. What I ended up with was very little paint behind the exhaust manifolds and water pump. On this car, I only painted the orange towards the top of the exhaust manifold because I wanted to simulate an engine that had been run and this car will likely not be run long enough to "burn off" the paint. The engines I have seen with total orange would somewhat incorrect as Chevrolet not only test ran every motor, but also drove every car on and off the transporter and the dealer also prepped it. By then, most had burned off. On manual trans cars, the bellhousing and flywheel also had slight over spray. The inspection cover was not installed at that time. Hopefully that helps. Most of this information was provided to my by an ex Tonawanda assembler and after spending over 100 hours of research fot the LS-6.
[This message has been edited by Rick_Nelson (edited 01-04-2001).]