I have a 1973 Ford Mustang that I want to restore. I have to pull the engine and am looking to repaint it. The question is, what parts get painted the ford blue? Does the intake manifold and alternator get paint or are they removed and left bare metal? I am looking for any specific information people may have on restoring old cars. Since I am going to pull the engine and rebuild it, I only get one shot at getting it right.
You can paint the intake manifold. It does not get as hot as the exhaust manifold and the paint will survive if you use a high temp paint. Get that at your local hardware store or an auto parts house in whatever color you want.
You can paint the alternator too.. or, perhaps you may want to buy a chrome plated one (eBay).
Only the exhaust manifold presents a problem. Even high temp paint has a short life on it since it carrys the hot exhaust gas from the engine and gets warmer (a bit of an understatement) then anything else.
good luck.. .. spray well and be sure to let the coats dry between spraying.
Back then the engines were completely cast iron. Oil pan, block, both heads and valve covers get painted heat resistant blue. Even the water pump got painted, but mask off the fan flange and shaft good. Don't forget the original air filter can...