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FOURFORTYFOUR MICK POPOWCER
Philadelphia, PA, USA   USA
I'm gonna do some underbonnet cleanup as soon as the weather breaks in Philly. Can anybody tell me what is the proper paint color for a '79-'80 TR7 cam cover? Anybody had one chromed?

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LaVerne LaVerne Downey
Fruita, CO, USA   USA
1954 MG TF "Green Hornet"
1969 MG MGB
1979 Triumph TR8 "Wedgie"
I don't have the formula, but it was a light blue originally.

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havfam George Haversang
Montville NJ, USA   USA
I used chrysler blue off the shelf engine paint.
To my eye it is a match.

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FOURFORTYFOUR MICK POPOWCER
Philadelphia, PA, USA   USA
Yeah I've seen blue cam covers in photos and figured that was probably correct, just wasn't sure what blue to use. Mine seems to have been painted some sort of silver at one point and it doesn't look nice at all. Anyway I ordered a used cover from Rimmer and I'll experiment. Might try chroming the old silver one just for s&g's.

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Darth V8R Vance Navarrette
Beaverton, OR, USA   USA
1980 Triumph TR7 Drophead "The Great Pumpkin"
1980 Triumph TR8 "Wedgie"
In reply to # 1600103 by FOURFORTYFOUR I'm gonna do some under bonnet cleanup as soon as the weather breaks in Philly. Can anybody tell me what is the proper paint color for a '79-'80 TR7 cam cover? Anybody had one chromed?

In addition to Chrysler Engine Paint, GM Corporate Blue in a rattle can from your FLAPS is a near perfect match. I used this on the jack, oil filter housing, etc on the TR6. It is just about perfect.

Some valve covers were also done in silver lacquer, according to my book on original TR7 and TR8. Depends which factory and during what time period. I have never seen an original silver valve cover, all the ones I have seen are blue.

I am not a big fan of chrome or polished metal under the hood, as it requires constant cleaning or it looks like crap when you lift the hood. But that is me.

Vance



1980 Platinum Metallic TR8, frame off restoration, complete.
1980 Vermilion TR7 Sprint replica, in progress.

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gerald4247 Gerald Davies
Ventura, CA, USA   USA
In reply to # 1600103 by FOURFORTYFOUR I'm gonna do some underbonnet cleanup as soon as the weather breaks in Philly. Can anybody tell me what is the proper paint color for a '79-'80 TR7 cam cover? Anybody had one chromed?

My 1980 TR7 produced at the Canley factory had a Silver Cam Cover, I believe it was original. However it started to flake off and needed to be refinished. I did not like either the silver or blue so I did it in the Crinkle black from a rattle can.
I like it looks good to me....

g.

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dhuddleson David Huddleson
Manotick, ON, Canada   CAN
The TR7 valve cover (cam cover) seems to differ by emission specification, meaning that the Federal (49-State) cars with Stromberg carbs and FASD have that light blue painted cover (yes Chrysler blue is a great match) while those California EFI cars had a silver painted cover. I think the Canadian market TR7 might have had silver too, although they used Strombergs with manual chokes right to the end of production.

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LaVerne LaVerne Downey
Fruita, CO, USA   USA
1954 MG TF "Green Hornet"
1969 MG MGB
1979 Triumph TR8 "Wedgie"
Actually this 77 parts car I have has a silver cover....sold in New York originally. The 79 I had many years ago had the blue cover. This 77 also has a grey air filter box. The 79 I had was black.


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FOURFORTYFOUR MICK POPOWCER
Philadelphia, PA, USA   USA
Well I got a used cam cover and chrome sleeve nuts and screws from Rimmer. VHT engine enamel proved to be a fair match to the few specks of blue left on the used cover. I'll post a pic when it's installed. Thanks to all for advice.

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B Corn Bill Corn
DULUTH, GA, USA   USA
1980 Triumph TR7 Drophead "TR7"
1992 Jaguar XJS "XJS"
I tested both the Chrysler Blue and the GM Corporate Blue. The VHT GM Corporate Blue won. The photo of it installed is the before photo. The next time I change the oil, I'll be painting the canister too.



B Corn
Duluth, GA

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Darth V8R Vance Navarrette
Beaverton, OR, USA   USA
1980 Triumph TR7 Drophead "The Great Pumpkin"
1980 Triumph TR8 "Wedgie"
In reply to # 1603362 by B Corn I tested both the Chrysler Blue and the GM Corporate Blue. The VHT GM Corporate Blue won. The photo of it installed is the before photo. The next time I change the oil, I'll be painting the canister too.

Heckfire, Bill:

That before photo barely shows any paint problem at all. In fact you could have just called it "patina" and skipped painting it. spinning smiley sticking its tongue out

Vance



1980 Platinum Metallic TR8, frame off restoration, complete.
1980 Vermilion TR7 Sprint replica, in progress.

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