• What did you work on today? (DIY pros ITT)
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Get this guys I just changed a crank sensor in someone's [i]transmission[/i]. Nissan, why the fuck do you do shit like that?
Going to up the boost to the previous 18psi I ran before the winter, 5psi just doesn't cut it, it never did
I'm getting the intake and wirign sorted out on the 'vette this weekend. Cleaned up the intake today, my dad is modding the two bolt holes to bolt to my later model heads later on and then it'll get a coat of white paint. Why white? Because the aluminum isn't a very good finish and I can't be bothered to polish an intake right now. And white is clean. I hate when motherfuckers paint engines orange. It's a fucking terrible color. I'm sick of it.
I like orange engines, but I would choose black or aluminum over it.
Dark/darker blue or buffed mirror finish, orange is to dukes of hazard for me. Besides, darker colors are better for heat dissipation.
Orange is a big GM thing and a LOT of people around here paint SBC's orange. Mine will be unpainted block, idk what color heads, sating black valve covers with reddish orange lettering, and a white intake manifold. Probably going black on the heads. Maybe a deep red?
Deep red seems like a nice color for a vette engine, though black may look trick.
I don't really see the point in painting engines. They all end up a dull black after ten or fifteen years, and unless it's a museum piece people never spend any time ogling it anyway. If I were to paint one I'd do it in the OEM colors that it was in when it was built.
[QUOTE=TestECull;35551121]I don't really see the point in painting engines. They all end up a dull black after ten or fifteen years, and unless it's a museum piece people never spend any time ogling it anyway. If I were to paint one I'd do it in the OEM colors that it was in when it was built.[/QUOTE] It's hard to paint an engine OEM colors when it's not OEM :| I like painting engines because it makes them look not like ass in your car. Ten or fifteen years of good care and the engine will still look new. Don't let oil and shit sit on your engine. It pisses me off when people do that. Keep shit clean if you spend that much time working on it. Besides, in 10-15 years, I'll have built another engine for this car. 10-15 years is more than long enough to go without rebuilding an engine. Not saying everyone should rebuild their engines every 10-15 years, but it's good practice. Especially for the mechanically inclined.
A clean engine compartment makes all the difference when either selling a car, or showing it to your buds. When on the rare occassion you do show off your engine compartment and it looks really clean it makes a nice impression on the vehicle as something in good condition and cared for. As opposed to a dirty, un touched engine compartment which, if everything elce is clean, ruins the overall feel of the vehicle. Something better experienced than explained. Paint is also nice to have on an engine, I wish my dad would let me take apart my engine and paint it, stands out when everything elce is so clean. Paint gives a [i]performance[/i] feeling to a stock engine, if I were to paint mine it would look like a lot hotter engine while still being stock.
[QUOTE=bradley;35551291] I like painting engines because it makes them look not like ass in your car.[/quote] I'm a form-over-function type, so I don't really care how it looks. An engine that looks like it just came off the assembly line and doesn't run at all is worthless to me, an engine that looks like ass and runs like brand new is worth it's weight in solid gold. I keep mine healthy, keep it running as good as my funds will allow, beyond that whatever. I don't worry too much how it looks. 'Sides nobody wants to see an old pickup's I6 except to be proven that it actually functions anyway. [quote]Ten or fifteen years of good care and the engine will still look new. Don't let oil and shit sit on your engine.[/quote] I keep the oil off of mine as best I can, but I don't bother with trying to paint it. [quote]10-15 years is more than long enough to go without rebuilding an engine.[/quote] I ask at least 20 out of my engines before I have to open them up, and preferably with 200K miles to go along with that. Ideally I get 20 years and 200K miles out of them without doing anything more than oil changes, plug changes and other routine maintenance, and 30 years/300K before I have to do major surgery. Bit much to ask of engines? Perhaps. But I've already got two in the driveway that have met my minimums and still run great, so I don't see why new engines can't do it either. [editline]13th April 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Valon Kyre;35551484]A clean engine compartment makes all the difference when either selling a car, or showing it to your buds.[/quote] By the time I get ready to sell a car it's getting sold to a scrapyard that doesn't care how it looks. So lol, resale value means bupkiss to me. [quote]Paint gives a [i]performance[/i] feeling to a stock engine, if I were to paint mine it would look like a lot hotter engine while still being stock.[/QUOTE] I'd rather get the performance feeling when I open the secondaries than when I open the hood.
i give my engine oil bathes, When i wash and wax the outside i use power steering fluid and tranny fluid
testecull you make it sound like you're some 50 years old dude.
[QUOTE=TestECull;35551855]An engine that looks like it just came off the assembly line and doesn't run at all is worthless to me, an engine that looks like ass and runs like brand new is worth it's weight in solid gold.[/QUOTE] That's a terrible way to be. I don't know about you but when I see some nasty dirty engine in some guy's car or truck I feel like they don't take care of it, in return I feel like they are an irresponsible person. Not saying it has to look showroom clean but no engine that "looks like ass" is going to run perfect, or at least run perfect for very long. If it's nasty dirty, and greasy, there is a reason -- it's broken and leaks shit. [i]Fucking fix it.[/i] The bare metal of an engine looks just as nice as paint, but not as flashy -- but only if you don't allow it to be caked over with an inch of engine gunk. [i]Ughhhhh[/i]. Rule of thumb: A clean engine is a healthy engine. Take not that this doesn't apply to internals, of course, but usually if you haven't leaked all of the damn fluids out of your engine then the internals would be fine. Minor repairs should always be cleaned up after so you know it's fixed! Dirty motor == Bad Time It's frustrating to me every time I work on a vehicle and get covered in filth from the engine bay. I ran into a terrible, AWFUL, [i]UNIMAGINABLE[/i] case of this on a customer's Bronco II that was brought in. He had never checked anything besides kept the oil level full and water level checked, and it leaked like hell from many places, the entire engine bay was just caked with a nasty grease/dirt compound that was too hard to brush off, and most of it around the engine (and the starter, which I was replacing) was wet with thick oil. It was one of the worst cases I've seen of someone taking improper care of their engine. He later had me put valve cover gaskets on the thing but this only fixed part of the problem, and he STILL won't wash out the engine bay of that thing. I [i]refuse[/i] to work on it again without him doing so.
[QUOTE=bradley;35553401]That's a terrible way to be. I don't know about you but when I see some nasty dirty engine in some guy's car or truck I feel like they don't take care of it, in return I feel like they are an irresponsible person.[/quote] You gonna lend me your pressure washer then? With the '84 needing a complete brake overhaul from pedal to wheels and mine needing about $300 in suspension parts I can't afford to even rent one, puts off far more important repairs to both trucks even more. My engine doesn't leak a drop of anything. It did when I bought it, but I've replaced the gaskets that were leaking. Doesn't leak a drop now. The head is nice and clean, light bit of surface rust but clean, as is the valve cover, and there's no fresh fluids under there. However, the block is still coated in all the goo that formed when it was leaking, and I don't have access to a pressure washer to clean it. It runs like a dream, but it looks like it just got pulled out of a tar pit from the head down. Do I like it being that greasy? No. It makes holding onto tools a bit of a pain in the ass, and if I didn't have anything else to do on it besides cosmetic work cleaning it would be pretty high up on the list. But right now, making sure the front tires stay connected to the steering box is far far faaaar more important than worrying about what a bloody ancient old workhorse of a motor looks like. Priorities, my friend. Priorities. I have more important issues to worry about on that thing than what the engine looks like. Engine's clean as a whistle where it counts, anyway. I run synthetic oil, change it regularly, use Motorcraft oil filters, keep clean air filters on it, all that good stuff. The inside of the engine is about as clean as something this old will ever be. [quote]Not saying it has to look showroom clean but no engine that "looks like ass" is going to run perfect, or at least run perfect for very long.[/quote] I've got one in my driveway that proves you quite wrong. Two, actually, if you count the mill in the '84, although that still has a few oil leaks we need to plug after we get the brakes sorted. Sideplate and oil pan gaskets seal about as well as a screen door. [editline]13th April 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Psygo;35552120]testecull you make it sound like you're some 50 years old dude.[/QUOTE] I'm not, but I was raised by one, and he instilled in me the ways of the muscle car fanatic. One of those ways is "Make it work, then make it pretty."
[QUOTE=TestECull;35553995]You gonna lend me your pressure washer then? With the '84 needing a complete brake overhaul from pedal to wheels and mine needing about $300 in suspension parts I can't afford to even rent one, puts off far more important repairs to both trucks even more.[/QUOTE] Go to a car wash you lazy cunt. Pressure washer for pennies on the dollar. Quit butting into an engine cleaning/painting conversation when you are just bragging about how much you don't give a fuck. That's really annoying, you know.
I heard a steam pressure washer is less rough on the wiring harness/sensors and stuff and get the crap off way easily, where can I find such a thing I want to clean my engine bay (yes yes I could have done it when the engine was off but fuck me)
I'm not sure. I usually don't have a problem using the high pressure settings at the carwash after a soaking with degreaser, but I don't generally let grease and oil buildup sit on my engine long enough to not be able to simply rinse it off.
[QUOTE=bradley;35551291] Don't let oil and shit sit on your engine. It pisses me off when people do that. Keep shit clean if you spend that much time working on it.[/QUOTE] i cant :c
Isn't using a pressure washer on the engine bad? I heard water could be forced into small places like fittings or whatever and cause them to rust?
[QUOTE=Adamhully;35555876]Isn't using a pressure washer on the engine bad? I heard water could be forced into small places like fittings or whatever and cause them to rust?[/QUOTE] It's not bad for the engine to be pressure washed, you just have to use common sense. If the connector isn't sealed, don't spray it. If your plug wires are old and deteriorating, don't spray them (But change them you lazy fuck). If you for some reason don't have an air filter on your carb/throttlebody do NOT spray inside it. Leave it running while you spray. Anything not hot enough to instantly vaporize the water or evaporate it quickly is usually aluminum or painted and won't rust anyways. You're good to go.
[QUOTE=bradley;35543768]I'm getting the intake and wirign sorted out on the 'vette this weekend. Cleaned up the intake today, my dad is modding the two bolt holes to bolt to my later model heads later on and then it'll get a coat of white paint. Why white? Because the aluminum isn't a very good finish and I can't be bothered to polish an intake right now. And white is clean. I hate when motherfuckers paint engines orange. It's a fucking terrible color. I'm sick of it.[/QUOTE] But, because Chevy
[QUOTE=bradley;35555184]Go to a car wash you lazy cunt. [/QUOTE] And you expect me to take you seriously when you act like this? Every time I talk to you I feel like I'm back in high school auto shop talking with one of the kids who took shop class because he needed an easy A just to pass that year. I'm smart enough to prioritize important shit [b]like the fucking steering linkage[/b] over making the engine shiny.
[QUOTE=TestECull;35568646]And you expect me to take you seriously when you act like this? Every time I talk to you I feel like I'm back in high school auto shop talking with one of the kids who took shop class because he needed an easy A just to pass that year.[/QUOTE] Every time i talk to you i feel like I'm back in high school talking with that A student that has the massive ego and thinks he knows everything and is above everyone else, thereby having to argue with everything anyone says to prove himself right and make himself look good. [editline]14th April 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=TestECull;35568646]I'm smart enough to prioritize important shit [b]like the fucking steering linkage[/b] over making the engine shiny.[/QUOTE] Although valid point.
[QUOTE=justin1992;35568688] Although valid point.[/QUOTE] That was my point the whole fucking time. He keeps trying to tell me keeping it shiny is more important than keeping it safe to drive. [quote]Every time i talk to you i feel like I'm back in high school talking with that A student that has the massive ego and thinks he knows everything and is above everyone else, thereby having to argue with everything anyone says to prove himself right and make himself look good.[/quote] I lump you in with bradley on that one. You and him both. You both act like it's right to be a dick to someone because you either disagree or you think they're wrong instead of, oh idunno, just simply disagreeing/saying "You're wrong, here's evidence Y and Z to prove it", or ignoring them entirely. It's why I can't take either of you seriously anymore and have about as much respect for you as I do Congress...and yes I know you don't give a shit, so don't even bother saying it. One day you two will learn to be civil and either ignore or politely correct people you disagree with, and when you two figure that shit out we'll all get along just fine. You both know a fair bit about some things, but until you two stop acting like complete jackasses every time I say something you disagree with or think is wrong that will never amount to a damn thing. Try it sometime, you'll find it far more enjoyable and we'll most likely learn quite a bit from one another.
guys: [IMG]http://wielercafe.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/heart-1496.png[/IMG] stop the fighting. It is our VIp spot on facepunch; keep it chill
[QUOTE=ThermalArc;35569504]guys: [IMG]http://wielercafe.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/heart-1496.png[/IMG] stop the fighting. It is our VIp spot on facepunch; keep it chill[/QUOTE] Trying to keep it chill, but I have testicleface all up in my grill 24/7 being a massive cunt. If he left AA I would have no problem with anyone on this entire forum. He is the bane of my existence. 3,291 posts in Automotive Addicts (3 other posts were in other areas) and one dickhead is spoiling my fun. That's life. [editline]14th April 2012[/editline] Getting back on topic though, today I am going to hang out with facepuncher Zags and talk about our Corvettes and shit.
[QUOTE=justin1992;35568688]Every time i talk to you i feel like I'm back in high school talking with that A student that has the massive ego and thinks he knows everything and is above everyone else, thereby having to argue with everything anyone says to prove himself right and make himself look good. [/QUOTE] JUSTINNN ARE YOU HINTING AT ME?
Damn, seems like I have to re-do that half-assed fix of the leaking windshield washing tank I did last summer. There's alcohol everywhere...:v:
Hey hey now, at least JDK is gone....
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