[Healeys] Intake manifold finishes

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Mon Feb 20 21:46:54 MST 2017

The manifolds on our original 100M were bare Al, but I can't say whether 
they came that way or the paint burned off.  I suspect--since they added 
the larger carbs at the Healey factory--they wouldn't have bothered to 
paint them (since they usually couldn't be bothered to pull the engine 
to replace the cam).


On 2/20/2017 4:46 PM, Michael MacLean wrote:
> Steve,
>      Healey green for the normal intake manifold, begs the question, 
> what color the Lemans intake manifolds on Lemans conversions of the 100?
> Mike MacLean
> On Monday, February 20, 2017 2:47 PM, BJ8Healeys <sbyers at ec.rr.com> wrote:
> I believe the intake manifolds left the factory painted the same 
> Healey Green as the engine.  In any event, I painted mine with the 
> Moss spray can engine paint in 1999 and it's still fine.  The intake 
> manifold doesn't get that hot.  The key to any paint durability is how 
> clean the surface is when you paint it.
> Steve Byers
> HBJ8L/36666
> BJ8 Registry
> AHCA Delegate at Large
> Havelock, NC
> *From:*Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] *On Behalf Of 
> *Bruce Steele
> *Sent:* Monday, February 20, 2017 12:56 AM
> *To:* 'Healey List'
> *Subject:* [Healeys] Intake manifold finishes
> I’m interested in my options for finishing my intake manifold.  It was 
> powder coated clear 12 years ago, and the coating has yellowed at the 
> head flanges from heat, and over the years what look like rust spots 
> have developed in the powder coat, which is odd since the manifold is 
> cast aluminum (see the attached photo).
> I’d prefer to preserve the natural cast aluminum color, and I’m not a 
> big fan of the chrome or polished look on the intake (my apologies to 
> all you out there with nice shiny intake manifolds—it’s just not my 
> taste).  I had the exhaust manifold Jet-Hot coated in a cast iron gray 
> 12 years ago, and they still look great. So, Jet-Hot coating the 
> intake is one option, but the color samples they sent me of their 
> lightest grays are all at best a medium gray; all considerably darker 
> than their online color catalogue indicates.  I’m going to call them 
> Monday, but I’m not sure they have a coating light enough.
> I also don’t want to paint it, as I know that won’t hold up long 
> term.  I’m curious about blasting the clear powder coat off and 
> leaving the manifold uncoated.  How does the “naked” aluminum hold up 
> to the heat?  What have others done?  Your experience is appreciated.
> Bruce Steele
> Brea, CA
> 1960 BN7

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