As a few of you sixxers may know I removed my Upper intake yesterday, in hopes of cleaning it and painting it black. This was especially helpful since my Stang was built in 2000, before they fixed the valve cover issue that allowed oil into our intake and engine, which is clearly seen in a few of my photos.
10mm socket(or 12/13mm depending on bolt size)
High temp engine enamel
Seafoam Deep Creep
Note: All pictures go in order of step being done
First things first, just to be safe, unplug the battery.
1: Remove the hose running from the air intake to the valve cover, you can leave it attached to the valve cover til we plug it back in.
2,3,4: Locate the line running from the Upper intake to the valve cover on the drivers side and detach it from the upper intake and valve cover, seen in picture 2 as the line with the glass filter attached (installed on my 2000 stang to prevent oil from getting in the intake)
5,6: Locate the two cables running to the throttle body, and detach them by using light pressure to remove them. Then use an 8mm socket to remove the bolts holding the bracket for said cables from the upper intake.
7,8: Locate the cable running to the throttle position sensor and detach it using light force by pushing in the clip on the back of it.
9,10: Locate the line that runs from the back of the upper intake to the emission controls up front and disconnect it from the intake.
11: Locate the hose directly under where the upper intake and and throttle body meet and disconnect it. For future reference this line runs from here, down near where the AC lines are.
12,13: Locate the Idle Air Control valve and and unplug the line running to it using the same method as the one from the throttle body.
14,15: Locate the bracket connected to the front of the upper intake and use a 10mm socket to remove it.
16,17: Locate the line running from the brake booster to the upper intake and use a vise grip to loosen the clamp and remove it. May require force.
18,19: Loosen the 4 bolts holding the coil pack to the intake and remove it, the lower right bolt has a ground on it, so dont forget to re attach it when installing everything.
20: Find the two lines connected to the front right part of the intake and set them aside, if you think youll forget which goes where, it never hurts to label them.
21: And this is what it should look like after everything has been undone, now all thats left is to remove the intake itself and clean it!
22:After removing the intake, youll see a gasket still on top of the lower intake, mine was still relatively new, so i decided to keep it, if this is your first time removing it, i would definitely recommend picking one up from your local auto parts store.
23: I used seafoam deep creep to clean the inside of the intake while i had it off, some of you i know prefer other products, so feel free to use what you like. I also used a razor to lightly scrape off remnants of previous gaskets and oil.
24: installing the VAP Auto intake spacer is as easy as laying a gasket on the lower intake, laying the spacer on that, and putting a gasket on top of that. If youre gonna get the spacer, order the installation kit he sells too, makes the install much smoother.
When you finish laying this down, cleaning/painting your intake, and whatever else you feel like doing lay the intake back on, lightly tightening the bolts one at a time in a criss cross pattern (farthest back left bolt, to front right bolt, etc) until theyre all in, at this point there is a guide to in which order these should be tightened, and to what torque, but everytime ive done this i just use the Good-en-tight method, and have never had any issues.
25: follow the pictures again when reinstalling everything and youre golden! this is what my finished product looks like.
Always use an anti seize compound on your bolts to make things easier if you need to do this again.
If painting, dont forget to cover all holes and electrical contacts before spraying, and allow time to dry between each coat to prevent bubbling.
And if you need any help, feel free to message me, ill be glad to help!