The Magic of Paint

Our engine, like all good engines, starts.  That’s a desirable trait in an engine. It also doesn’t spew out black smoke and has a consistent chugging tone when in idle.  But if you were to look at our iron-genny (sailor’s term for engine) you’d think she was a relic from WWII.

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Ford-Lehman circa 1980

Opening up the engine room doors one would find thin coats of brown corrosion encrusted on the surface.  Not yet a ball of rust, it soon would be if the Captain didn’t save it with a cosmetic intervention.

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See the rust dust!

Wiping down the engine, scraping off the years of belt dust & rust left the Captain blacked from his efforts.  But like a movie star who’s lost their luster, a bit of rouge (can of spray paint) can brighten any dull surface.

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Making her glow

The overall effect is an engine that looks good as well as runs good.

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Two Days of Prep & Two Cans of Spray Paint

Not only did our Ford-Lehman get a new coat of paint.  The handy Captain replaced the fuel lift pump, gaskets, air filter and radiator cap.

So if paint can make an old engine look this good, maybe there is some hope for an old Boat Wife….think spray-on-tan.

Fair Winds

 

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