I’m sure I’m going to open up a big ol’ can of worms on this one, but I would love to get some real life personal thoughts on this. Understanding that we all have a point of view that might be wrong to someone else, but to us it is as real as the rust in the floor pans. I would also like to stay away from the “I know this guy whose brother had a friend that said…” stories, if possible.
The question I have is the ever popular engine tin “clean up”. (Chrome, Polish, Paint, Ect.)
In high school, California 1982, I had a 68 Bug and everything I could find for the engine compartment was chromed. I don’t remember having any heating issues back then and it was my only car, so a "daily driver". With the thoughts of seeing the looks on the faces when I opened up the hood still fresh in my mind. Fast forward 25 years, now I’m getting a 74 super ready to put back on the road. While I have aged 25 years and learned a lot, the surfer kid in me screams “Chrome It, Chrome It” every time I pop this one open. So I’m looking for options to balance the Engineering side of me with the Surfer Kid.
Here are my thoughts on the tin issue, I would love to hear yours.
Seems to be loved by most. It is paintable and would allow for some color matching, or contrasting, for a good custom look. But once you get away from the standard engine paint colors, how well does it hold up?
Loved by some for “the look”, seems to be hated by others for the heat retention. I really don’t understand how acid etching and electroplating the same metal that you are painting can add that much of a heat retention issue. We are not talking about the issues that VW had with the internal parts those were made of Chromoly, actually the earlier equivalent to it. So that old argument is a mute point as they are completely different in composition and characteristics. But given the same build, internal cooling veins, material, ect. , is it “That” bad?
I see where I can get the firewall made out of this, is it available for the rest of the tin as well? I would think that the heat issue would still be there if it were made of 304 or 316? But it could be polished up to achieve the same “look”.
It’s not like we are putting that much strain on the parts, except the dog house and Generator / Alternator stand I would think it would be ok. Anyone know of a source, Pros, Cons? Again could be polished up to achieve the same “look”.
Thanks for your time,
"He who knows enough to learn, knows enough"
just trying to make an educated decision.