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Modifications Changes from the factory stock setup - performance and appearance. What to buy next? What works & what doesn't?

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Old 06-04-2009, 02:16 PM   #1
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My intake is really showing it's age. It is working great but looks sad. Would it be wise to paint it?
pros and cons?
any sugestions?

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Old 06-04-2009, 02:29 PM   #2
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My intake is really showing it's age. It is working great but looks sad. Would it be wise to paint it?
pros and cons?
any sugestions?

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Paint is going to peel and chip over time. If you can go without a few days get it powder coated. Unfortunately though once you do the intake you'll want to do everything else under the hood.
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Old 06-04-2009, 06:36 PM   #3
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while powedercoating is great for the absolute best looks and durability,i used some $7 duplicolor ceramic engine paint and clear on my heads,intake and valve covers when i had my motor apart..its stuill holding up great after a year of running the motor down the dragstrip where it gets pretty hot..i have stickers on the valve covers between the silver color and the clear,and they still look like the day i put them on there..heres a few pics..my lower intake/heads are black,the upper and valve covers are "cast coat aluminum",it looks about as close to the factory ford silver as you're going to get..






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Old 06-04-2009, 08:08 PM   #4
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Looks really good!
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice and the pics. Your engine looks awesome.
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thanks its far from a show piece,but i figured id try to make what i could look decent at least while i was into it...
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:51 AM   #7
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If you really have some time on your hands you could polish it. here is my intake polished, but like 93-331-29PSI stated once you get the intake looking good you won't stop there. after I polished the intake, I just kept adding chrome/polished stuff. I have more in boxes yet to go on .


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Need4spd90,

When you painted your intake, did you use the High temp paint or engine enamel? and did you bake it like the Duplicolor video says to?

That intake looks awesome! I have repainted the intake plate to match the car and now the intake looks run down.. never fails..

I now am getting the desire to repaint whatever I can! LOL..headers, calipers, drums, intake, EVERYTHING!!!
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I had an Explorer intake hot tanked and then sand/walnut shell blasted. That method made it look really nice. You have tons of options on what you can do with yours. If you had the Midas touch, you could make it solid gold!
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