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  1. #196
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    Sigh, no sand/bead blaster here. I've honestly never needed one. The one time I did, we were doing a frame on a 2nd Gen F-body. Then, though, we took it out to the hangar where my Dad worked, and did the _very_ dirty deed there.

    I may try some bike parts cleaner first. I know they aren't that expensive, it's just a very dirty/dusty job.
    Gene Beaird,
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    Gene, if you have a local powder coating shop, machine shop or wheel refinisher, they usually have a blasting cabinet...rather than an open air gun. I am sure they could do the job for you for not much $$ and a lot easier than chemically cleaning it IMHO. I am lucky enough to have a blasting cabinet at work I can 'borrow' for smaller items.

    Here are a couple pics of my lower intake & turbo compressor housing and the dull aluminum paint.

    Raw/Blasted lower intake:

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    Painted lowers, Left = fresh, Right = ~15 years old, no paint on gasket surface:

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    Lower installed, no paint on gasket surface:

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    Compressor housing ~10 years old, no paint on hose clamp area:

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  3. #198
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    Neither C-100 nor Simple Green had much good effect on my test part. I ordered the low-end 'blast from a bucket' gun and glass blasting media. We'll see how that comes out. Luckily, one of the spares in my inventory includes a third intake set that's clean and port matched. I'll probably use it so I can continue to move forward with the project until the gun arrives.
    Gene Beaird,
    86 2R SVO, G Stock,
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    I can attest to the dull aluminium paint Ted used. I also did my intake with it and like the results.
    Bruce

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    I have been using a product called 'RPM' - Rust Preventative Magic. It's a wax-like compound you apply to hot components. It's primarily for bare steel parts, so you can have concours-correct unpainted steel parts that don't rust, but seems to work well on all metal bits. I'm planning to coat the cleaned aluminum parts with it so I have a nearly-bare aluminum part.

    I also saw a guy who uses Cerakote on his aluminum car parts with good success, too. It's kind of between paint and enamel coating in both ease of application and durability. I thought about that, but since I have the RPM, IF I can get the parts sufficiently clean, I'll go with it. The IC is already coated with it and looks great. Parts on other cars that I've coated have stood up well over the months and years.
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    So I got the Eastwood 'sandblast from a bucket' kit. It's pretty much just the gun with a hose. You provide the reservoir, and, well, also the medium. I was going to go ahead and get a small cabinet, but they were sold out on all but the biggest unit, so opted for this unit to see if I could stand it.

    Since I was doing aluminum, I opted for the glass beads. After about 10 minutes of work on the alternator bracket, the thing looked like it was painted silver. Honestly, it longer to put the thing together than use it!! The part is cleaned and coated. I think I'll leave it off until the intake goes back on, since it is such a pita to get to the lower bolts. I pulled the sensors out of the old manifold and will use a nice clean, port-matched intake I got from someone on this list a long time ago.

    I also got all the old cooling tubes off the car. Time to wipe things down and try to figure out how they all go back on. I'll try to pull the EGR tube first, since I'd like to get it off the car.

    I haven't dived into the FSM yet, so don't know for certain yet, but does anyone know if the FSM has the cooling pipe routing, just in case? Thanks.
    Gene Beaird,
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    Got the upper intake bead blasted, and it looks MUCH better. I got the lower intake heated and coated, so it's done. I can bolt the sensors to it. I'll heat the upper AFTER we're done with Christmas dinner.

    Oh, and no one told me how fun walking on the media is. Using glass blasting beads, and walking on the piles of the stuff is like walking on snow or west coast Florida sand, it squeaks!! Walking where there is just a dusting of the stuff is treacherous, though. VERY slippery.

    Update: the upper manifold is done. Gotta paint those three blue nuts and do the zinc painting trick on the zinc coated parts.
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    Gene Beaird,
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    And more progress! I'm still smiling about this one: I got the lower front bumper cover and fog light mounting bracket reinstalled on the car. It really feels good to have something going ON the car for a change.

    Still screwing with cooling parts in between other projects. The water hose 'T' off the water pump is quite rusty. I will try to replace it, but thinking I might as well get a new water pump while I'm in there, since it may be internally in the same shape. Just a thought at the moment.
    Gene Beaird,
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    Got more quality time out in the shop to work on the SVO. Got the hole in the oil breather line soldered up. It seems to be holding well. I also tried to 'unscrew' the rusty tube on the water pump to get a cleaner replacement. Looks like my copy of water pump has a press on tube, so it looks like I'll get to replace the water pump, too.

    To answer my question posed in post 201, yes, it looks like there's a pretty decent diagram of the cooling tubes in the FSM. I think it's around page 12.04.07. I'll have to get back out into the shop to verify this page, but yes, it's there.
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    Gene Beaird,
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    Was looking at the local parts house for a water pump. They have rebuilt, or a new one that was all cast iron. I was thinking that Rock Auto frequently has NOS stuff, so went looking. Found a Motorcraft pump that in the pictures, looked like the pump on the car, that is with a pressed in steel nipple for the cooling lines to connect to. Figuring I found a winner, I ordered it.

    It finally arrived. I pulled it out of the box, and it's a Chinese cast iron unit, with the nipple cast into the housing, not a steel nipple pressed into the water outlet neck.

    Oh, and the 'FoMoCo' label stuck to it looked fake, too. Oval sticker, black print and no (R) or (TM) I would expect to see. Anyway, I have a new water pump, albeit it doesn't look like original one, I guess I'll use it. It is HEAVY, too. I was about to use the Esslinger pump I have on the shelf, but it doesn't have the nipple. I may still look to see if I can drill and tap the water neck so I can add the nipple. It's a nice aluminum unit. We'll see.
    Gene Beaird,
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    I went ahead and painted the cast iron pump, figuring that while I was in there, and with all the rust that came out with the thermostat/housing. I pulled the old pump off the car and ran it outside to finish draining. When I picked it up to bring it back into the shop at the end of the day, I grabbed it by the hub. As I walked it back into the shop, I could feel the pump spin a bit on the hub shaft. It was very rough, and I though I felt a couple of 'clunks' in the movement, too. Probably a good idea to replace this thing, even if it is a heavy lump.
    Gene Beaird,
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