Discussion in '1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk-' started by deathb4dismount, May 5, 2014.
what tools and polish do you use for intake and other parts? I would love to polish my intake.
To start off I hit it with a wire brush attatched to the drill. Then I hand jammed it with sand paper dry then then wet. After that I used polishing disc and ball that comes with head light resot kit. That picture sucks, it was taken in a garage with no light at like 930. The part that I tested on has a mirror shine, it looks awesome.
Good to know, was actually going to do that
I know that FMS shorties are the best (for shroties), but I had thought BBKs were a close second. I went with them because I thoughht they sealed well, at least better than the MACs I have. I didnt want to go ceramic coated because I dont think it is really neccessary for how I use the car. Honestly I am really disappointed in the BBKS and may even return them. I had flow tech headers on my old 5.0 and I never had a problem with them and they even looked better
So the wire brush would take off the ceramic coating down to aluminum again and then your polishing straight aluminum at that point?
I just tore down to block and resurfaced heads and put back together. I have older MAC headers as well. The bolts are a bit difficult to use but so far no leaks after putting them back on. I took a wire brush to them and repainted a few coats. Stuck em back on and I drove a couple days, went to re-torq the bolts and they didn't need it! Maybe I just got lucky.
I really like the look of those chrome bbk's. Keep us updated on what you do.
The wire brush removes any coating and grime. I am by no means an expert though, this is my first time doing it/
The equal lengths are just too much of a PITA for me to keep. I am going to refurb them and sell. I know LTs will be much better for my setup but my H Pipe is literally brand new. I am already over budget and I still need a few more maintenance items, the one no one factors into the cost of rebuilding. After I am done I am going to do a write up on how much this costs so I can refute all the people who say things like aluminum heads only cost a little bit more than iron gt40s...wrong!
I use a 7" buffing/grinding wheel, drill, dremel. a DA sander and sanding blocks. Bought them all at Harbor Freight years ago. For larger parts I start off with paint stripper to get all of the paint and grime off. Then I use a 60m 100, 220, 440, 600, 1000, then 1500 grit sandpaper. Then I do a red, white, and jeweler rouge on a buffer. I am rather anal so you may not need to do as many steps. Do not move on to the next step until you are satisfied with the results in that stage.
Here's some parts I did a few months back
Always buy ceramic coated headers. It took me 5 headers to realize this over 20 years. First ones were stainless, then chrome (purple after 1st start up), then I painted a set, then I wrapped a set, etc. My last set of Long Tubes are MAC ceramic and after 5 years still look great.
Oh, I don't miss the polishing either.
penguin smacker? Tell me more about your fan and shrowd setup if you don't mind. Looks interesting. PM me if you want.