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Repainting a 1 HP Famous


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Old 05-31-2005, 10:57:30 PM
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Default Repainting a 1 HP Famous

Got a very badly repainted Famous. Runs good, but has all kinds of crooked pinstriping and lines added to it. Should I try to take off the ugly paint job, or just sand it down good and repaint? Should I take the engine apart to do it? Let me know what you think. Here's the side of the hopper to give you an idea of what I am dealing with.


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Old 05-31-2005, 11:45:56 PM
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It's not as awful as you made me imagine... but it does have a bit of an oriental flair to it, like it was decorated with picto-graphs and then exported from mainland China. I think you could run it as-is or repaint, but if you are going to repaint I think there is only one way to do it. (The right way) take it apart and strip it. You could get it hot tanked pretty reasonably at a machine shop, just make sure they don't lose any of your parts. It's hard to get excited about painting when you think that soon it will be covered with oil again. Kevin
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I wouldn't sand the old paint off. If you do that, you will smooth the cast iron and that's not the way most of these old machines were shipped. Also, in a hundred years, someone will thank you for going the authentic route. It's easy to change the color but difficult to put the roughness back in the iron.

Bite the bullet and take the engine apart. Solvent will remove oil and grease deposits then use one of the gel-type paint strippers and a little elbow grease to remove the paint down to the original iron.

Now, you're ready to paint.

Have fun!

Take care - Elden
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Man, I was hoping y'all knew an easy way out! Isn't that what we all are looking for. I figured I was in for a dismantling, stripping and repainting, but was holding out for hope.............

Always hate to take an engine apart that is running....should I take it down to its bits or just enough to strip the paint?

Also, any ideas where I might find a repro crank guard?

Thanks.
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Always hate to take an engine apart that is running....should I take it down to its bits or just enough to strip the paint?Thanks.
For safety's sake, I'd suggest that the engine not be running when you take it apart. The parts are hot and it's hard to get a wrench on those pesky rod cap bolts.

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Old 06-01-2005, 02:17:48 PM
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That's a GOOD ONE Elden! You caught me off guard and I actually laughed out loud. Yeah, it makes me think of a heart transplant doctor... talk about pressure. Working on a running engine...Kevin
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LOL! I laughed out loud also.
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THANK YOU Elden,you made my day,probably my entire week! Mark:
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Since I was responsible for Elden's reply, I have to agree....fussing with the valves is a bear when running and taking the flywheels off would be quite an experience!

Reckon I should have said that if an engine runs, I hate to take it apart...always afraid it will not run when I get it back together.
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That was good...thought the same thing when I first read the post...

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