Topic: engine bay repaint and h/c/i project

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  • Riceslayer302’s Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2007 at 8:54 am
    Well its getting to be the time where we all start thinking about what our plans are for the winter, i know im kinda early, but im just thinking for now, im not planning on starting all of this until at least october november.. As i have recently decided to keep my car and clean it up this winter i am planning on pulling my engine and rebuilding it, nothing serious, at best a h/c/i package. but more importantly i want to scrape and repaint my engine bay because it looks horrible right now with the undercoating some idiot sprayed in there.

    so here are some before shots of my engine bay

    as you can all see its disgusting under there im embarrassed to pop the hood.

    ive spoken to a few people who have done it before and it seems the way they did it was pull the motor, tape off the whole wiring harness, and sand the bay down by hand. i know a few of you guys have been in this boat before so any advice you could give me i would really appreciate.



    Edited Nov 13, 2007 at 11:48 pm

  • Riceslayer302’s Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2007 at 10:07 pm
    i started my project... my friend and i spent about 2 hours and got the tranny, radiator, headers, driveshaft, blah blah blah out and the engine will come out on sunday and i can start the bay/ heads cam intake... pics...



    i will continue to update


    made a little more progress today. and solved some questions ive had since i bought the car...

    me and my friend andy again pulled the engine out today and stripped it down to a short block... pics follow...

    upper plenum off

    andy wrenching on something

    oh boy here we go...

    finaly after a year of anticipating

    the sludge all over my motor can be attributed to the fact that my valve cover bolts were all finger tight...

    and finaly i pull the heads...

    and number 6 is hit!!!

    this used to be a spark plug...

    but overall the block looks good, still hash marks on the cylinder walls

    time for the serious stuff...


    here are some pics of the bay so far, isnt going that bad.

    heres my a-team...


  • FlashBack’s Profile Photo
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    Nov 17, 2007 at 10:20 am
    I was going to suggest hitting the engine compartment with some brake-clean and a stiff brush....but I see you have that in the last picture!
    Have Fun!!!


    Glory Days Racing

  • Riceslayer302’s Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2007 at 3:34 pm
    gene, again congrats onplacing top 3 in's competion!

    the brakleen is a lifesaver.

    i did some pressure washing today but i was dumb and didnt pre-soak it in degreaser last night, the grease and dirt comes out fine but the undercoating is tough to get under even with full pressure. so i did what i could for now and put it back in the garage for the night with a heavy coat of purpe power on all the tough spots, hopefully i can get it done tomorrow but i bet its gonna take at least another week to get it fully stripped and prepped.



  • Riceslayer302’s Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2008 at 2:28 am

    heres how it looks now.


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