Ok so back to the engine. I decided to get some parts painted and ready for re-assembly.
Using old fashioned elbow grease and a wire brush, plus a little help from my angle grinder (which didn't work so well, even with the stripper attachment) I got to work on the oil pan:
Then I blasted it with some phosphate stuff which preps the metal for painting:
Then I painted it!
Next it was time to tackle the exhaust. I powerwashed it in the driveway...
Phosphate cleaned it...
And then sprayed it with high-temp ceramic paint:
Then I did the valve covers:
Basically I painted them because I did all the nasty work of cleaning them up. When I had got them cleaned, I found out they wouldn't be useable due to cracks...everywhere. Gotta order a new set.
It was about this time that a wild Monsta Liner appeared:
On the box it said to do a hood shot. So that is my hood shot.
It's as close as its going to be for...a long time.
Oh yeah, I noticed they were doing a special after I ordered. xD oh well don't sweat the small stuff. I'm excited to use it!
Next it was time to tackle the block. As I menioned before, the people who rebuilt it last got paint EVERYWHERE in the inside. When I opened the oil pan 2 parts oil and 1 part red paint flakes came out. Mostly because of the heads (which were painted without tape willy nilly) but also because of this:
Yes, that is where the oil filter goes.
Because I had lubed parts in the block I had to be careful how I cleaned it. Also I was DONE manually getting all the paint and grime off. It was time to do my part in destroying the ozone and use some chemicals.
I've used paint strippers before...but none as potent as this stuff. I am surprised they put it in an aerosol can. The mist from the overspray was hitting my arms and stripping my skin:
Pro tip: don't breath the fumes. Might as well burn poison ivy and inhale the smoke.
It works though. It works awesome. A layer of oil, red paint, and black paint came off with one spray. I almost could shop vac it off, though in some places it was a bit more stubborn but a wire brush helped convince it off:
Then I took it outside, jammed lint free paper towels in the engine, then about 50 grocery bags, and hit the engine with a powerful degreaser:
I did the phospate etching as usual, and basically was left with this:
Then I painted the block. I only have a teaser shot...but honestly there isn't much to see anyways without the heads:
It's going to be silver and black. Nope, its not the prettiest or most traditional color scheme out there, but will help me see and diagnose escaping fluids...I hope....