Project 6: Engine Appearance Freshening
Applicable Years: C1, C2, C3
Skill level: 1 Wrench
Tools required: wire brushes, engine paint and disposable brush, steel wool, nitrile gloves, WD-40, compressed air, masking tape, misc. hand tools
Time required: 1-4 hours
Parts source: Paragon Reproductions
Over time your engine will acquire a coating of dirt, dust, road grime, and grease, and some parts will become discolored due to oxidation or gasoline/oil seepage. An hour or two (or three or four, if it's really bad) is time well-spent with the improvement you'll see when the job is done. So roll up your sleeves and let's get started.
It looks like it's been really neglected, doesn't it? But, in truth, this vintage Midyear
Upon removing the air cleaner, the carburetor is the obvious place to start our freshening
A smaller conical wire brush comes in handy for working around the linkage and other hard-
A blower nozzle attached to your compressor hose or a can of compressed air is great for b
Detailing your alternator is pretty simple by using some steel wool to get the heavy stuff
I certainly didn't need a quart of "Chevy orange" engine paint for this detailing job, so
A cheap disposable 1/2-inch paint brush is great for touching up spots on the manifold. I'
The chrome-plated valve covers are not correct, but they look nice. However, the originals
And here's what we have about four hours later. Other tasks that were performed, although
Well, that wraps it up for this year's Weekend Projects issue. But, if you're like me, there are still plenty of other things that need to be done. See you same time next year!