Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Palm Bay, Florida, USA
'65 Hipo exhaust lock tabs
I am trying to decern what color/finish these should be: My car is a July 1965 Dearborn K code 289.
I am active over at the Hipo forums and have a thread going there and have gotten 4 different responses.
My car was completly rotiseree restored 2 years ago, I have not driven it execpt to show feilds and back from my trailer.
The lock tabs that were installed evedentally were AMK pieces that are nakid plain steel unfinished/protected.
They have started to oxidise/rust just as I remember basicly all vehicles doing in this area (exhaust manifolds) when they were new sitting on dealers lots.
That was then and this is now, we have the technology now that we didn't back some 45 years ago.
I have a new set of locking tabs and want to have them sealed/finished with something in the right color so that they will look right, correct, and last a while before rusting again.
I have had 2 people say bare steel-(1 says black overspray too) and 2 say Black-1 says a "dipped looking" finish, 1 a grayish-black finish.
I know that this is alot for just the finish on exhaust manifold lock tabs but I am faced with changing out my rusty ones which is a bit of work with the exhaust manifolds on the engine and the engine in the car but I really want to get this right and not have to worry about them again. comments?