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Old 07-02-2005, 01:12 PM   #1
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polishing engine parts?

how in the world does one go about doing this? i'd like to get my intake manifold and alternator polished up all shiny. it just doesnt go w/ the new intake in its ceramic-looking condition.
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sand it smooth and polish

requires working your way up through many grits of sandpaper, and many hours
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hmmm maybe ill just find a shop...i dont trust myself around the intake manifold
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sand it smooth and polish

requires working your way up through many grits of sandpaper, and many hours
That is the old way!!! If you go look at My Gallery of pics you will see my polished parts. I do not use sand paper that was for the 1900's I use Beadblasting, scotchbrite and polishing wheels to get a mirror finish like I have on my parts
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polishing is NOT easy its alot of hard work.... its expensive to get done also.
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I am not super expensive but I dont do it for free either. If I did it full time and not on the side I could have a upper intake done in a day or 2. Having the necessary equipment can greatly increase the speed of getting it done.
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rdmotorsport.com they sell the polished alternator and he can prolly get youy the upper intake polished.
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I have polished uppers, lowers, T/B's, Mach 1 shaker scoops. for several people on the forums but Rob does it as a service with his company, I do it on the side
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I would love to get all my stuff done.. but I have to take it off... lol and i cant be with out a car and finding extra parts is also a hassel... maybe on my next car...
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Well lets start a chain. When I go to Brents to build his car I wil be taking a whole set of extra accessories home with me to ceramic coat near mirror polish. I will install them on my car and take my accessories and have it done on Brents car. When he is installs them I will have them ceramic coated for the next. All we have to do is get a list of people in on the this and I will get a group cost to do these. Actually we could keep this going for a while until all who want mirror shine accessories will have them.

Ceramic coating is so much better because it requires only cleaning no polishing

So what do you all say????
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sounds good to me, but.... are his accesories brackets teh same as mine? I belive they are... but not sure.
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sounds good to me, but.... are his accesories brackets teh same as mine? I belive they are... but not sure.
Yes all the accessories are the same. Because all the 3.8 stangs a 4.2 rwd cars have the same accessory mount holes. But we do need to double check that.

Also remember you willonly get the Alternator case and you would take yours and swap cases. So when the next person ships his parts to me I would only get a alternator case
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my alternator is diff than some of the others, some are small some are big.
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my alternator is diff than some of the others, some are small some are big.
I was not aware of that. That makes my head hurt. Maybe some aftermarket ones are different. They must hook up to the same plug and bolt up to the same mount holes. Need to find out for sure though
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97stallion knows, he is the one that told me about em.. ask him. it may be a 99 up thing, but I dont think so
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it takes a lot of sanding and polishing and making sure you get all of the surfaced even and as smooth as possible it takes a good amount of time to get everything the way you want it.. i know from experiance
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Re: polishing engine parts?

Hm...I'm bringing back a thread from the dead, but for good reason. I need something to do to occupy my time...or better yet, to give me an excuse to tear my engine apart for no good reason. How hard would this be to do with say...a sand paper wheel of sorts on a dremel? Could I knock the big stuff out that way?
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Re: polishing engine parts?

I would like to get the Upper Intake Plenum (Split Port), The alternator, and the valve covers done. I have all the parts, Extras I got. Any Idea on costs?
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Re: polishing engine parts?

i really need to polish my upper, tried painting just the letters and im still not happy , sandpaper seems too time consuming, and sending it off isnt a feasable idea for me
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i really need to polish my upper, tried painting just the letters and im still not happy , sandpaper seems too time consuming, and sending it off isnt a feasable idea for me
Go get one out of a junk yard and send it to me. I will do it.
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Re: polishing engine parts?

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Hm...I'm bringing back a thread from the dead, but for good reason. I need something to do to occupy my time...or better yet, to give me an excuse to tear my engine apart for no good reason. How hard would this be to do with say...a sand paper wheel of sorts on a dremel? Could I knock the big stuff out that way?
its acually pretty simple it just takes some time to get the surfaces even and smooth
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Re: polishing engine parts?

Well to be honest, once I saw the person on here who just finished polishing their engine, I loved it but I didn't want to spend all of my time sanding, so I bought a dremel, and so far I have done two screws from the engine just to see how long it would take and if I could do it, the first one took me 15 min. b/c I didn't know which accessories would work best, and the second one about 3 min. looks amazing, but my only downfall now is I would have to do this one part at a time and let it sit , but yes the dremel tool can get the job done. if you want pics I can do that.
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Re: polishing engine parts?

I have a dremel laying around in the garage. Would you post up pictures of the result and of accessories you used for the dremel? Thanks.
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im the 1 who just finished polishing i did have a dremel but i only used it for light work. i did majority by hand that way i knew how much pressure i wanted to give and what not instead of a tool doing it.


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if i had my stuff polished they would have to do one hell of job on it.
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i got a friend who will powdercoat my stuff in a shiny metallic paint as a favor he owes.
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Go get one out of a junk yard and send it to me. I will do it.
just out of curiousity how much would that run corey? i can most likely get a spare one..
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just out of curiousity how much would that run corey? i can most likely get a spare one..
I dont even see a upper intake on your car what do you want polished???? Damn I hate the way GM shoehorned that engine in that bay.
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heres a picture of an engine out of the car, you can see the upper better, gm tucked everything under the windshield so it isnt all visible in pictures
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Being that it is burried so much itwould be hard to maintenance a polished upper would you not rather have a ceramic or powdercoated upper in near mirror finish and never worry about it again!!!
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how much would something like that cost then?!
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About $90 plus shipping. That includes Prep and Smoothing out the material before creamic coating. It is heat and chemical resistant.
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About $90 plus shipping. That includes Prep and Smoothing out the material before creamic coating. It is heat and chemical resistant.
ill def keep that in mind, thanks!, id probably get it ported and polished first, then get that done.
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