Discussion in '1979 - 1995 (Fox, SN95.0, & 2.3L) -General/Talk-' started by oatburner99, Jul 2, 2011.
I wish alphabet cams were made illegal in the U.S. Nice progress though.
In between getting all of the engine stuff started, and collecting parts, I've been looking for some control arms (mine are still the original 90 versions) and came across these on sale. Really wanted some Maximum Motorsports upper's and lower's but just couldn't swing it, especially after trying to get the H/C/I swap parts rounded up. So I figured mine are beyond "DONE" so I'll get replacements in there and later on down the road we'll step up...on to the pics:
What's in the box?
Then the shennanigans began.....REALLY???WTF??? stupid quad shock:
Hooray for bushings:
Lower in it's new home:
22 y/o control arm....BUH BYE:
Some bolt with that corrosion?
Stock upper's that are SMOKED:
What a difference these made....it's amazing what little bushings will do for feel and handling....no more clunking. Car feels alot tighter, and the ride is a lot smoother. I had to beat some of those old bolts out (I'm sure you can see why) which I'm sure were causing the binding. All in all, well worth the money, even though they are cheapo's, they are better than the broken down 22 year old stock OEM control arms.
Worked on the Gt40's a little bit today as well. Prepping them for a trip to the hot tank for cleaning. Get them all purdy and ready for re-assembly with new springs and seals
Whelp, here's the before pictures. Just took a couple, they are at the machine shop, should get them back tomorrow
I'll post pics when I get the heads back
How much is the machine shop going to charge you for the head work?
just getting them hot tanked and beaded....they checked the deck, guides and all that good stuff, and they are good to go. They are low mileage heads, So all in all I think it's around $70.
Back from the machine shop:
Shot some paint on them....don't want anymore rust lol:
Really happy how this is turning out. Need opinions, what color for the stock valve cover's?
Black wrinkle finish on the valve covers, offsets the shiny upper intake. Do you stare at this and go "vroom vroom"?
LOL....I've been waiting a LONG time, lot's of collecting parts little by little, reading thread after thread, fighting with the better half "But honey if you upgrade this you have to upgrade this." ....so staring at this and going "vroom vroom" is an understatement LOL
Like it....am thinking of doing the same to mine....but I think I'll go more of a satin or matte finish with my intake. Give it more of a factory look. Plus, the slightly duller exterior makes it easier to hide minor imperfections in the paint, or casting.
....and I'll be polishing my valve covers to match the fancy polished alternator I bought.
Nice work so far. Looks sharp.
Paint colors are touchy for me. I can't stand it when people paint the block black and leave everything else silver or something where some of it is one color and other parts are another. I vote everything silver, but that's just me. Do what you want since you are paying for it.
I hope that "Dukes of Hazzard" poster you have hanging on the wall has Daisy Duke on it
lol I wish it did but hey still a cool car.
As far as color's guys I'm kinda up in the air, I agree I hate the whole one color here and another here.....however you want it to flow and look nice, especially when you have the ability to clean things up. Some say silver, other's say black...hmmmmm decisions decisions....
My first GT had a black engine. Picked up a lot of dust and showed all of it. But since your car is black, a black engine done right would look good too.
***Edit, I lied, it was Ford blue. But black would still look good.
Current car had a black top end before I took it out
yeah black seems to be the overall choice
Been looking around here and there for valve covers. I really didn't want to have to remove the baffles out of stock one's or beat on them like most people say they had to in order to clear 1.7 rr's. Had looked at a set of black chrome powder coated cover's, that looked really nice, but not sure about the clearance on the rockers. So a good friend of mine, thankfully had squirreled these away awhile ago, and was nice enough to let me give them a new home:
You lucky dog. Those are sweet!