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Old 02-02-2013, 09:48 PM   #1
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painting valve covers.

Ive seen a couple of people with theres painted. Has on one painted theres, And was it hard pulling the covers off?
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The 5.0s have coil covers that can paint or get painted. I've yet to see a 3.7 with painted valve covers... sounds interesting.
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Let us know if you do it
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I like how he says you (sanguin) do it lol that would be interesting. Too bad white is the napkin color :/
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I meant if anyone reading this forum does it I would like to do it to mine but not sure how it would turn out
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I meant if anyone reading this forum does it I would like to do it to mine but not sure how it would turn out
Wouldn't it melt? I understand engine paint but geez that's alot of heat lol
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Wouldn't it melt? I understand engine paint but geez that's alot of heat lol
You can buy high heat paint. Usually good for upwards of 1000 degrees or so.
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The paint I put on the valve covers of my Grand Prix has been fine for years. Typical hi-temp engine paint.
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I've seen engine paint rated for 500 degrees or hotter, run like water.

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Definitely go with 1000 or hotter
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I was wanting to paint mine like how this guy did his. Just not sure how hard it will be to pull them off to paint.
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I know you have to remove the manifold but that's about as much as I know
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That driver side scares me honestly. Idk what those round looking things are. These engines are foreign looking to me. I'm used to old school and new edge motors I guess. It looks tedious to get to them
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Those round things are the coils they connect to the spark plug.
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Round looking things? Wut? lol

Are you talking about the coil packs?
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On our 3.7 V6's, painting the valve cover would make the engine look lopsidied, as the passenger side cover is hidden behind the air intake runners; you don't see the cover. The only side you can visually see is the drivers side.

Painting it would give the impression of a straight 3 cylinder.
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On our 3.7 V6's, painting the valve cover would make the engine look lopsidied, as the passenger side cover is hidden behind the air intake runners; you don't see the cover. The only side you can visually see is the drivers side.

Painting it would give the impression of a straight 3 cylinder.
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maybe when they come with an aftermarket intake manifold it won't look so bad
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someone had a post of a high performance V6 intake that resembled the 5.0s......if they make that later on, and when my warranty runs out...i'll upgrade and paint it to match or the valve covers..both would be too much im thinking...
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JimC dynod testes it. Utter failure. The runners weren't sized right or something and it made less hp than the stock mani. No idea if they're adjusting it or what.
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JimC dynod testes it. Utter failure. The runners weren't sized right or something and it made less hp than the stock mani. No idea if they're adjusting it or what.
Last time I checked that site, they were porting the holes to match the intake holes of the head. In his photos, they were way off from the head intake holes.

I too like the cosmetic look of that intake, but it's gotta at least match stock flow and HP/TQ readings. And be reasonable in price.

Gotta wonder if the Ford engineers got this one right too.
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exactly! $ and performance..or no buy!
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^It better be $ performance and some looks

What's the website?
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Round looking things? Wut? lol

Are you talking about the coil packs?
Driver side, got three of them. Kinda glossy. Spark plugs are lower and always a pain. Idk what a cool pack is? That like a distributor or something?

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On our 3.7 V6's, painting the valve cover would make the engine look lopsidied, as the passenger side cover is hidden behind the air intake runners; you don't see the cover. The only side you can visually see is the drivers side.

Painting it would give the impression of a straight 3 cylinder.
That's because of the type of engine. That's how the timing works. One is a few degrees lower so in theory they can be independent. I just read up on our type of motor. You probably already knew just thought I would share my joy of learning
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Driver side, got three of them. Kinda glossy. Spark plugs are lower and always a pain. Idk what a cool pack is? That like a distributor or something?

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That's because of the type of engine. That's how the timing works. One is a few degrees lower so in theory they can be independent. I just read up on our type of motor. You probably already knew just thought I would share my joy of learning
Not sure what you meant by how the timing works, but maybe you are refering to the Ti-VCT (twin independent, variable cam timing)?

I was actually refering to painting the valve covers (or their close representation of one) would look goofy, because only one can be seen; the other (passenger) is covered by the long tubes of the air intake tubes. It will be interesting to see if anyone can make a center type air intake arrangement that can work as well as stock. Lots of V6 owners want an intake like the GT or better, the Boss. If ity could have been done, I'd think Ford or someone else would have had it by now.

But, there's always a better mouse trap to be made.
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Driver side, got three of them. Kinda glossy. Spark plugs are lower and always a pain. Idk what a cool pack is? That like a distributor or something?
A distributor has a coil and coil wire running to the center right? Our motor has a coil for each individual spark plug. By design, they sit in the middle of the head (not the lower side near the exhaust) and the coils sit directly on top of them.
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Not sure what you meant by how the timing works, but maybe you are refering to the Ti-VCT (twin independent, variable cam timing)?

I was actually refering to painting the valve covers (or their close representation of one) would look goofy, because only one can be seen; the other (passenger) is covered by the long tubes of the air intake tubes. It will be interesting to see if anyone can make a center type air intake arrangement that can work as well as stock. Lots of V6 owners want an intake like the GT or better, the Boss. If ity could have been done, I'd think Ford or someone else would have had it by now.

But, there's always a better mouse trap to be made.
Yes I am talking about the ti vct engine. One side sits lower a few degrees and the manifold is like it because of the type of engine.

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A distributor has a coil and coil wire running to the center right? Our motor has a coil for each individual spark plug. By design, they sit in the middle of the head (not the lower side near the exhaust) and the coils sit directly on top of them.
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Btw, the timing works by small little actuators moving the cam shaft to alter their timing and durations with regard to valve control.
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Btw, the timing works by small little actuators moving the cam shaft to alter their timing and durations with regard to valve control.
So the guys at Motor trend are idiots in a way?
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So I'm looking at my engine

If he manifold didnt look so weird, it wouldn't look like a strait 3?

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Or would I have to remove the manifold to see what you're talking about?
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So the guys at Motor trend are idiots in a way?
More than one type of variable timing system. I'd have to see the one they're talking about.

Probably should clarify I meant the cam timing... ignition timing is all computer related. It knows where the crank is on its rotation and increases or delays the sparks timing depending on conditions.
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More than one type of variable timing system. I'd have to see the one they're talking about.

Probably should clarify I meant the cam timing... ignition timing is all computer related. It knows where the crank is on its rotation and increases or delays the sparks timing depending on conditions.
I just saw 2011 mustang first ride motor trend. I'd link but I do all my stuff on my iPhone. It's alot easier navigating on the app than the site
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The valve timing (TiVCT) is how Ford designed the 3.7 to keep a smooth HP/TQ curve all the way up to it's max RPM. It uses several management inputs, along with oil pressure and oil temp. This way, they can adjust the intake and exhaust opening for a range of RPM's. This replaces the need for using cams that are usually designed to work within the 'sweet spot" of the engines RPM range that builds the max HP/Tq. With the Ti-VCT, you get this at all RPM ranges. Best of all worlds.
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JimC dynod testes it. Utter failure. The runners weren't sized right or something and it made less hp than the stock mani. No idea if they're adjusting it or what.
It is being re-worked and they said it will be sent back to me for more testing. I haven't heard any ETA on the new intake yet though.
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It is being re-worked and they said it will be sent back to me for more testing. I haven't heard any ETA on the new intake yet though.
Subscribed. If this can get stock numbers (or better as a bonus), I'm on the list to buy!
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It is being re-worked and they said it will be sent back to me for more testing. I haven't heard any ETA on the new intake yet though.
Is there a website or something we can look at?
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It is being re-worked and they said it will be sent back to me for more testing. I haven't heard any ETA on the new intake yet though.
Awesome. Keep us up to date. I'd love to buy something like that if it offered gains. Looks way nicer than what we have and would make plug changes easier too.
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