Should I bother painting engine valley? - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums



1994.5 - 1997 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel SPONSORED BY:

Should I bother painting engine valley?

Reply
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 07-31-2014, 04:21 PM
timmygyu timmygyu is offline
Junior User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 70
timmygyu is starting off with a positive reputation.
Should I bother painting engine valley?

I've been working on rebuilding my fuel filter/water separator assembly. At this point, I've got everything out so I can see the engine valley real well. It's pretty rusty. Is there any point in painting it? I don't care about cosmetics; I'm just wondering if I should be worried about the rust.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-31-2014, 07:37 PM
tshrager's Avatar
tshrager tshrager is online now
Postmaster
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Columbus, Oh
Posts: 4,654
tshrager has a good reputation on FTE.tshrager has a good reputation on FTE.tshrager has a good reputation on FTE.
Quote:
Originally Posted by timmygyu View Post
I've been working on rebuilding my fuel filter/water separator assembly. At this point, I've got everything out so I can see the engine valley real well. It's pretty rusty. Is there any point in painting it? I don't care about cosmetics; I'm just wondering if I should be worried about the rust.
If the block is so rusty it's eating itself, you've got bigger fish to fry. Is the rust eating anything else?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-31-2014, 08:01 PM
Hussler's Avatar
Hussler Hussler is online now
Postmaster
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Medford Oregon
Posts: 3,371
Hussler is a name known to allHussler is a name known to allHussler is a name known to allHussler is a name known to allHussler is a name known to allHussler is a name known to all
Quote:
Originally Posted by timmygyu View Post
I've been working on rebuilding my fuel filter/water separator assembly. At this point, I've got everything out so I can see the engine valley real well. It's pretty rusty. Is there any point in painting it? I don't care about cosmetics; I'm just wondering if I should be worried about the rust.
Can't imagine anything rusting up top on the engine, unless it was sitting outside for a long period of time. If it was me I certainly would clean it up since it is accessible and throw some paint on it.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-31-2014, 10:46 PM
oldbird1965's Avatar
oldbird1965 oldbird1965 is online now
Post Fiend
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: AZ
Posts: 17,187
oldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to behold
Personally, I feel good about a rusty valley! That means that nothing is leaking, LOL
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-31-2014, 10:50 PM
ReBilld's Avatar
ReBilld ReBilld is offline
Post Fiend
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southern West Virginia
Posts: 10,816
ReBilld is a splendid one to beholdReBilld is a splendid one to beholdReBilld is a splendid one to beholdReBilld is a splendid one to beholdReBilld is a splendid one to beholdReBilld is a splendid one to behold
Quote:
Originally Posted by oldbird1965 View Post
Personally, I feel good about a rusty valley! That means that nothing is leaking, LOL
You have a good point there!!!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-01-2014, 08:02 AM
OldWoodsDiesel's Avatar
OldWoodsDiesel OldWoodsDiesel is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Exton, PA
Posts: 1,672
OldWoodsDiesel is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
i can't imagine its that rusty up there. the engine i'm rebuilding was rusty as anything on the outsides of the block and head from being in a plow truck for 200k miles. once all the crud and gunk was cleaned out of the valley i was surprised to see the factory paint was still good as new underneath it all.

the only things that should wind up in the valley are diesel fuel and engine oil - both of which will hold on to crud like its their job, but also prevent rust. ...like its their job.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-01-2014, 08:06 AM
oldbird1965's Avatar
oldbird1965 oldbird1965 is online now
Post Fiend
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: AZ
Posts: 17,187
oldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to behold
The only time my valley was rusty was when my water injection nozzle broke and sprayed water all over.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-01-2014, 09:14 AM
OldWoodsDiesel's Avatar
OldWoodsDiesel OldWoodsDiesel is offline
Posting Guru
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Exton, PA
Posts: 1,672
OldWoodsDiesel is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Quote:
Originally Posted by oldbird1965 View Post
The only time my valley was rusty was when my water injection nozzle broke and sprayed water all over.
sounds like you didnt have enough oil leaks before that water leak happened! :-)
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-01-2014, 11:09 AM
paddler paddler is offline
Senior User
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Columbia, MD
Posts: 255
paddler is starting off with a positive reputation.
White paint for visibility?

Might consider white paint (oil & gas resistant, if you can find it) while everything is apart. White background is easier to see things (dropped parts, leaks) against, and reflects some light back into the engine bay. Better than a dingy, dirty background.

I spray-bombed my valve covers white when I had them off to do UHVC & glow plugs; the white background helps when I have other things to see & find.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-01-2014, 03:24 PM
oldbird1965's Avatar
oldbird1965 oldbird1965 is online now
Post Fiend
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: AZ
Posts: 17,187
oldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to behold
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldWoodsDiesel View Post
sounds like you didnt have enough oil leaks before that water leak happened! :-)
No, I had electric fuel so could clean it all up and keep it that way. When I'm checking things over, that's one thing I look at. In the past I had plenty of leaks in there, especially before e fuel.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-03-2014, 04:15 PM
timmygyu timmygyu is offline
Junior User
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 70
timmygyu is starting off with a positive reputation.
7[c[Z{Avfyg/

Heh, guess I flaked out on this post Thanks for the feedback, everyone. Posting an image of my valley below; whatcha' think?

Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 08-03-2014, 10:17 PM
oldbird1965's Avatar
oldbird1965 oldbird1965 is online now
Post Fiend
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: AZ
Posts: 17,187
oldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to beholdoldbird1965 is a splendid one to behold
Nothing wrong with that valley! If you want to paint it, now is the time.
Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
valley cover with PVC port 60F100HD 1957 - 1960 F100 & Larger F-Series Trucks 3 06-23-2015 03:07 PM
Oil in the valley, why? 351Cleveland C4 1999 - 2003 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel 16 03-14-2015 07:31 PM
Any usual suspects for this leak? Tailgate77478 1999 - 2003 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel 2 12-18-2014 07:38 AM
Newbie saying Hi! ZanyZane New Member Introductions 6 05-29-2014 03:57 PM
Turbo Pedestal Oil Leak Question disneyd 1999 - 2003 7.3L Power Stroke Diesel 1 04-14-2011 12:50 PM


Go Back   Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums >

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:25 AM.


This forum is owned and operated by Internet Brands, Inc., a Delaware corporation. It is not authorized or endorsed by the Ford Motor Company and is not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or its related companies in any way. FordŽ is a registered trademark of the Ford Motor Company.