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I've got a 71 240 that is apart and I am in the process of detailing the empty engine compartment. There are lots of holes in the firewall that I will not be using and I want to patch them up. Most are small holes but I also want to fill in the holes for the heater hoses. What is the best way to do this. I thought that regular body filler might not hold up well in such an environment with the extreme tempurature changes. I was thinking of getting a body solder kit from the Eastwood company and using this to do the work. Has anybody used body solder before and can a beginner get good results using it. Also do you need an oxy-acetaline torch to do the work or can you get by with a hardware store torch.
Another question. I dont have a spray gun so I was considering having the local auto paint shop matching some paint to the color of my car's body and then having them put it in spray cans so I can paint the engine compartment. I dont know if a regular enamel will handle the heat under the hood. Is my only other alternative using high temp engine paint to paint the engine compartment.

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Sean Boyle
 

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> Hi Everyone
> I've got a 71 240 that is apart and I am in
> the process of detailing the empty engine
> compartment. There are lots of holes in the
> firewall that I will not be using and I want
> to patch them up. Most are small holes but I
> also want to fill in the holes for the
> heater hoses. What is the best way to do
> this. I thought that regular body filler
> might not hold up well in such an
> environment with the extreme tempurature
> changes. I was thinking of getting a body
> solder kit from the Eastwood company and
> using this to do the work. Has anybody used
> body solder before and can a beginner get
> good results using it. Also do you need an
> oxy-acetaline torch to do the work or can
> you get by with a hardware store torch.
> Another question. I dont have a spray gun so
> I was considering having the local auto
> paint shop matching some paint to the color
> of my car's body and then having them put it
> in spray cans so I can paint the engine
> compartment. I dont know if a regular enamel
> will handle the heat under the hood. Is my
> only other alternative using high temp
> engine paint to paint the engine
> compartment.

> Thanks
> Sean Boyle

The best way of closing the holes is to weld them shut. Especially the Heater Hose holes. Bondo, and Solder won't work on a large hole. Even on a small hole the filler may pop out in time. Regular enamel will be no problem in the engine compartment, you don't need engine paint on the body.
Mike
 
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