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Old 02-09-2012, 09:30 AM   #301
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Nathan, any clearcoat on that alternator bracket when you finished it? Also did the pulley have to be removed or not to get the bolts out?
Paul, I didn't need to pull the pulley to remove the bracket. I did get the tool to remove it but that will be to detail the actual pump. I'm painting the reservoir tank in a satin black and the pump perhaps in a textured black to give it some contras. I'm not sure if I'll leave the bracket in a natural finish or anodize it black or gray. It will depend after I do the water pump and alternator and alternator bracket and what color I powder coat the intake. Still deciding on colors. I got the intake clam shell yesterday from the powder coater. We were using it as a test panel. The finish was texture black and I'm glad we did the test because I didn't like it. I'm leaning towards a “Jet Anthracite” for the intake. It's a little falter than "Gun Metal" l think it would complement the high tech - mechanical look I'm shooting for. Will see....... will be doing another test panel.

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So my newest present came in the mail yesterday - polished evap line.
Sure looks like a coolant tube to me lol.
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Sure looks like a coolant tube to me lol.
is that the technical name? I'm not going to lie, I refer to parts, as well as some of my tools, as "thingy"
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Tough to judge a color over the internet but my personal taste favors some contrast but a consistent theme. Everything a single color is just as bad as everything being a different color. I like the gun metals with some metal flake in them and probably a bit on the lighter shade as it gives them more depth than the darker toned ones. But consider the car as a whole and be consistent with the theme and what fits the body color.
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Tough to judge a color over the internet but my personal taste favors some contrast but a consistent theme. Everything a single color is just as bad as everything being a different color. I like the gun metals with some metal flake in them and probably a bit on the lighter shade as it gives them more depth than the darker toned ones. But consider the car as a whole and be consistent with the theme and what fits the body color.
Synner thanks for the feedback. I agree, it is tough judging colors 's online. Thats why a greatly appreciate Mike at http://thepowdercoater.com/ working with me on test panels. It sounds like your taste is similar to mine. I also like a little contrast to make it interesting. As long as its within the same theme. Having a monochrome look gets kinda bland and boring.

Part of the reason I'm addressing the intake is because after removing the clam shell, you have these flat spots on each running that look funky. I think some shade of gray will compliment the valve covers and brake up the black from the throttle body, coupler and air intake. Will see. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and judge whether you like it or not afterwards, LOL.
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Synner thanks for the feedback. I agree, it is tough judging colors 's online. Thats why a greatly appreciate Mike at http://thepowdercoater.com/ working with me on test panels. It sounds like your taste is similar to mine. I also like a little contrast to make it interesting. As long as its within the same theme. Having a monochrome look gets kinda bland and boring.

Part of the reason I'm addressing the intake is because after removing the clam shell, you have these flat spots on each running that look funky. I think some shade of gray will compliment the valve covers and brake up the black from the throttle body, coupler and air intake. Will see. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and judge whether you like it or not afterwards, LOL.
Nathan, Mike does excellent work as I'm sure you know. I was just over there last weekend dropping off some parts and picking them back up. He did my calipers, throttle body, and a whipple pulley bracket. Great guy that pays attention to detail!
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One of the best posts in the V8 section. Definitely needs to be stickied or highlighted in some manner.

This shows that even just some time and effort can be used to make a huge difference.
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:29 PM   #308
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One of the best posts in the V8 section. Definitely needs to be stickied or highlighted in some manner.

This shows that even just some time and effort can be used to make a huge difference.



I agree. I follow this thread daily.
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OP, looks real nice man!
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:25 PM   #311
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Hey Nathan, I am done with mine. I didn't take to the level you did but you did inspire me and I got some good ideas from this thread.

Relocate heater hoses (12 Camaro factory hoses, p/n 19259242).
Remove intake manifold cover and flip fuel rails 180 degrees.
Replace Fuel supply hose with Corvette SS braided hose (p/n 10401798).
Red powder coat coil brackets.
Install billet strut retainer washer and nut cover. LSR Performance. (replacements, not covers).
Replace all coil brakets and coil pack screws with bright button head socket screws.
Relocate and hide evap solenoid under fuse box.
Install Elite Engineering oil catch can with SS hose and AN fittings.
Install Cold Air Inductions intake.
Reposition drivers side wire bundle for coils and fuel injectors.
Reposition two passenger side wire bundles.
Replaced some body color and black body bolts with bright button head socket screws.
I think thats it, here are some photos.
This is what I started with.



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Looks good Paul. Once the warmer weather comes, I'll have a go at mine.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:56 PM   #313
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One of the best posts in the V8 section. Definitely needs to be stickied or highlighted in some manner.

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I agree. I follow this thread daily.

Thanks guys, coming from my peers, that a huge compliment! All I can say is that I wish somebody else would have blazed the trail beforehand, LOL. I will agree that having access to a thread like this would have been a huge benefit for me. It would have saved me a tremendous amount of time. Just knowing what parts to get from the get go would have made thing a lot easier. So I'm glad I if I can help anybody else by doing this.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:58 PM   #314
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Hey Nathan, I am done with mine. I didn't take to the level you did but you did inspire me and I got some good ideas from this thread.

Relocate heater hoses (12 Camaro factory hoses, p/n 19259242).
Remove intake manifold cover and flip fuel rails 180 degrees.
Replace Fuel supply hose with Corvette SS braided hose (p/n 10401798).
Red powder coat coil brackets.
Install billet strut retainer washer and nut cover. LSR Performance. (replacements, not covers).
Replace all coil brakets and coil pack screws with bright button head socket screws.
Relocate and hide evap solenoid under fuse box.
Install Elite Engineering oil catch can with SS hose and AN fittings.
Install Cold Air Inductions intake.
Reposition drivers side wire bundle for coils and fuel injectors.
Reposition two passenger side wire bundles.
Replaced some body color and black body bolts with bright button head socket screws.
I think thats it, here are some photos.
This is what I started with.




Really Nice job Paul. Now tell me, don't those cast iron manifold stand out more now! That's how it all starts, LOL.
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Some folks had asked me how I cut the coupler in half. So I thought I'd post a mini DIY.

Here is everything I used..... Peekaboo, I see you. My little sister "Faith".



First slide the coupler into a piece of PVC piping from Home D. Than I ran a piece of tape across the sidle. I used the tape to make marks around the perimeter.



These marks became my reference to make sure the clamp was tighten straight and not at a slant were I would get a even cut.



Next, I put the knife against the clamp. I didn't move the knife, I just rolled the coupler forward and kept the knife in one place.



And there you have it. Two pieces evening cut in a straight down the middle.



Hope that helps
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:05 PM   #316
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Up date:
1. Mailed the clam shell back to Mike http://thepowdercoater.com/ to do another test. We are going to do have in Gun Metal and the other in Jet Anthracite. Looking to pick between those two the color for the intake.

2. Cotemplating polishing the water pump or going with a Mezicier unit.

3. Polishing bracket for alternator and replacing bolts with ARP's.

4. Extending throttle body and map sensor harness and running them rerouting them.

5. Rerouting Alternator harness under the engine.

6. Replacing dip stick tube with a Billet specialty unit.



7. Long tube Headers

8. Redo intake injector harness

9. Body work and paint inner fenders.

10. Replace fender bolts.

11. Paint power steering reservoir tank.

12. The window washer tank.

13. Create a closeout panel for driver's side.

There's a few more things. Other than that, I don't have much to do, LOL. Just trying to take the ugly out.
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Did Lokar finally tell you if one of their dipsticks would fit or are you going with another companies?

Also I blame you for me wanting to disassemble the front half of my motor to polish all the aluminum. Luckily I'm moving soon so I'm not going to take it all apart. Maybe that'll be my winter project next year. The Meziere will be a lot cleaner in the long term since it's visually more appealing and smaller but my love of autocross and sustained high rpm means I'll be sticking with OEM and probably polishing it.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:49 AM   #318
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I guess the only thing that stinks is that now the water pump and alternator bracket looks like crap. Oh No, I shouldn't had said that knowing myself that will be my next project.

Factory exhaust stick out like a sore thumb, looking at different brands.
I swapped to a polished LS1 water pump with an awesome polished pulley for like $279 off ebay. I had to lengthen the upper radiator hose and enlarge the the thermostat bolt holes slightly, but other than tht it was a easy swap. I will post pics later for you.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:37 PM   #319
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Hey guys, I had recently purchased Corvette Fuel Rail covers.... Has anyone put these on? I know I need a few things, I'm just not sure exactly what. I'm trying to buy the things I need so I can throw these on. So far I have the heater hoses. I believe there are some brackets? Which I don't know where to buy or how many.... And is the only other thing the fuel line over top of the plenum? And what do I need to re-route that. Any help is appreciated as I can't wait to throw these covers on
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:31 PM   #320
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Did Lokar finally tell you if one of their dipsticks would fit or are you going with another companies?

Also I blame you for me wanting to disassemble the front half of my motor to polish all the aluminum. Luckily I'm moving soon so I'm not going to take it all apart. Maybe that'll be my winter project next year. The Meziere will be a lot cleaner in the long term since it's visually more appealing and smaller but my love of autocross and sustained high rpm means I'll be sticking with OEM and probably polishing it.
, I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you. I was thinking the same thing yesterday when Paul SS posted. I was going to post that hes to blame for selling me those stupid 2012 heater relocation hoses. That's how this hole thing started.

I need to wait till I install the headers so that I can remove the stick and call them with the measurements. I will keep you in the lop.

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I swapped to a polished LS1 water pump with an awesome polished pulley for like $279 off ebay. I had to lengthen the upper radiator hose and enlarge the the thermostat bolt holes slightly, but other than tht it was a easy swap. I will post pics later for you.
We need pictures! I found a company that does the work for Chip Foose here locally. They quoted me $95 to polish the pump. If I don't do the Meziere, than I go this route and get rid of the shine with a scotch brite.

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Hey guys, I had recently purchased Corvette Fuel Rail covers.... Has anyone put these on? I know I need a few things, I'm just not sure exactly what. I'm trying to buy the things I need so I can throw these on. So far I have the heater hoses. I believe there are some brackets? Which I don't know where to buy or how many.... And is the only other thing the fuel line over top of the plenum? And what do I need to re-route that. Any help is appreciated as I can't wait to throw these covers on
Mickey, I've seen guys here running the Corvette covers, so I'm sure somebody will chime in.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:35 PM   #321
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Time for a happy dance , I got the final piece I need to start the car and she started right up! Took her for a ride and she running as strong as ever.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:48 PM   #322
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Nathan, when can we get a sneak peek at the 90 degree boots you're going to put over your injector connectors?
Here are some pics of the 90 degree boot. I got them from www.bmrs.net They have another style but were out when I spoke with them. I calling them tomorrow to see if they came in.

I should have a bunch of stuff from Casper Electronics http://www.casperselectronics.com/store2/ tomorrow to finish all the harness work.

This is what they look like before heating.



Here's a few shots on the connector.







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This is for PaulSS, One of the guys was talking about your rusty looking exhaust manifolds.I used to put this gray colored paste on my rusty looking manifolds on my C4 corvette years ago when I used to take it to shows.You just rubbed the stuff on and it gave those rusty looking manifolds a gunmetal gray look.And it was heat resistant too.Damn if I can remember the name of the stuff.I am sure somebody still makes it.Tt--
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On the smokebox & firebox of steam locomotives we use graphite mixed with Japan dryer or boiled linseed oil. It turns into a paste you brush in and it cooks on and stays on, and is VERY heat proof. Its a silver color, you can see it in the foreground weathered by a few months of romping up and down the line with alot of coal junk flying around. That steel is actually rusty under the stuff, just like the stock manifolds! Lets race

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If you're going to scotchbrite it anyways let the polisher know. Its the last stage getting it to that mirror shine thats the most labor intensive. Or just break down and buy a real kit from Caswell and a buffing wheel from Harbor freight for a low price one. I have a Caswell polishing kit and it works great; thats what I used on my valve covers and soon to be throttle body and a few other things when I get a bit more time on my hands (if ever). This stupid work thing keeps getting in the way.

They definitely weren't this shiny out of the package from Holley.
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