Cleaning up and dressing up the engine - Pontiac GTO Forum
User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
 
Orion88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 296
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cleaning up and dressing up the engine

So I've got my frame painted as of yesterday (Happy Halloween!!) and I am about to order new bushings and suspension/steering components. Once that's all put back together the engine and tranny will go back in. The engine has less than 5000 miles on a professional rebuild and I swapped out the 6x heads for some year-matching 13s (the 6x's are for sale!). So mechanically the motor is in tip to shape. What's the best way to go about getting this engine to look brand new again? And what are some good products to really spruce things up under the hood? Here are a few I have in mind so far:

1959 79 Pontiac New Black Aluminum Valve Covers Pair | eBay

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/knn-66-3060/overview/

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-350002/overview/

Any other products you would recommend? Also if anyone has a really well dressed Poncho Power Plant under the hood pictures would be helpful. Here's a picture of what I have to work with.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1375846_10151675289491527_1934643541_n.jpg
Views:	136
Size:	152.5 KB
ID:	29097   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMAG0889.jpg
Views:	135
Size:	1.16 MB
ID:	29105  

"You Gotta Have Fun When You're Little!!"
-Dick Schindler

Orion88 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 11:26 AM
Former Super Moderator
 
Rukee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Central Wisconsin
Posts: 9,919
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
I would keep the chrome valve covers.
I have a NIB K&N air filter for sale, has the chrome lid.
https://www.gtoforum.com/f46/nib-k-n-...54/#post426426
Rukee is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-02-2013, 07:06 AM
Super Moderator
 
BearGFR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Springtown, TX
Posts: 5,742
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 122 Post(s)
Garage
I really like the factory valve covers too, and took extra steps to be able to keep them with my roller rockers, stud girdles, poly locks...

Anyway, the covers you've found on Ebay are very nice too. I've always liked those.

Your choice.

Bear

BearGFR
Springtown, TEXAS
BearGFR is offline  
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-03-2013, 11:47 AM
64-67 Expert
 
geeteeohguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Fresno, California
Posts: 8,543
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 118 Post(s)
Orion, Nice work. I saw the first photo and did a double take.....you are a dead ringer for me, 30 years ago. I guess a lot of hair and beards have come back in style. Here's a pic of me and my '65 from the summer of '83, just for laughs. Keep up the good job!
Jeff
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	August 1983.jpg
Views:	117
Size:	189.8 KB
ID:	29145  
geeteeohguy is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-03-2013, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
 
Orion88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 296
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow...... yeah no kidding!! Thats a pretty close resemblance... aside from the short shorts of course!!

"You Gotta Have Fun When You're Little!!"
-Dick Schindler

Orion88 is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-03-2013, 03:30 PM
 
Instg8ter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Near Detroit
Posts: 3,931
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
we found your doppelganger GeeTee.

The valve covers are nice pieces, they also sell them in unfinished and you can paint to match motor, if you use 1:75 rockers and a tall cam make sure to check for any contact patches on the inside after first run, they do make riser plates if you need a little height I think thats what Bear used to retain the original chrome covers.


Instg8ter is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-04-2013, 05:21 PM
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 662
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Garage
Jeff, looks like you were getting ready to put a can of oil in your car. Matt

Matthew is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-04-2013, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
 
Orion88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 296
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Instig8ter,

That's a pretty interesting idea. I might have to look into that. Is that your engine? If you have any better quality photos let me know. I might consider going that route. Also my engine has mostly stock 13 heads and a cam that's a step or two above a RAIV cam. I think that shouldn't have any clearance issues.

Still up for any other original ideas on sprucing up the engine and getting everything looking brand new.

"You Gotta Have Fun When You're Little!!"
-Dick Schindler

Orion88 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Pontiac GTO Forum > The 1964-1974 Pontiac Tempest, Lemans & GTO > 1964-1974 Tempest, Lemans & GTO Complete Engine Compartment Discussion

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Pontiac GTO Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cleaning Engine Bay pocketmaster 2004-2006 GTO General Discussion 12 01-15-2012 04:10 AM
cleaning the grill kjk990 1964-1974 Tempest, LeMans & GTO Technical and Electrical Wiring 6 12-12-2011 08:06 PM
under hood cleaning Nate Service, Maintenance and Technical Discussion 8 06-07-2010 09:08 AM
Cleaning the engine area. BastropGTO Exterior Discussions 14 08-25-2007 12:19 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome