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85 Engine restoration question please help!

forkliftman79

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Joined
Mar 8, 2006
Messages
84
Location
new jersey
Corvette
1991 bright red coupe
Hello,
I was hoping someone could give me an idea with a couple of engine restoration questions? First whats the best was to get off the drivers side valve cover, it seems to be getting jammed against the altenator bracket and the windshield wiper motor in the rear. Next, does the intake plenum and runners get painted the same as the valve covers, with the valve cover paint. If so how should I go about removing it from the car, mine has spotting on it, so I want to get it restored looking. Any help would be great thanks!;shrug
 

draakarmaul

Member
Joined
Mar 5, 2007
Messages
6
Location
cola sc
Corvette
1985 gold, 1961 roman red w/ whitecoves
remove the wiper motor, then slide the cover back, and lift at the same time- then remove.
The plenum and runners are bare aluminum- you can paint them w v.c. paint, or just hose it down w water, spray w/ greased lighting, and hose off.
 

bosshogg

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Joined
Jul 15, 2006
Messages
56
Location
Indiana
Corvette
1988 Coupe
When I had my plenum and runners off, I used "Aluminum Jelly" to bring them back to life. It removed the tarnish and the spots. You just brush it on and work it in with some stiff bristles and let it sit for a short time and rinse off with water. You might have to do it a few times, but it will work if they are as bad as you say. I need to paint my valve covers because they are beyond help.
The weather here is finally clearing up so we might be able to "cruise" soon.
GOOD LUCK
Boss Hogg
 

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