Cleaning up an old intake

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  1. PlyGTXSat

    PlyGTXSat Active Member

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    Got a edelbrock intake on my 340 that works perfect but is a little rough to look at. How are you guys cleaning up your intakes? Do i need to remove it and how complex are they to reinstall?
     
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    If the engine is running good, then don't take it apart. Try using some engine degreaser & letting it soak in there for a good long while at a do-it-yourself car wash.
     
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      I used Napa's aluminum brightener in the spray bottle...intake came out looking like new just gotta be careful it's strong stuff. Use only as directed..
       
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      Brakleen also works very well.
       
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      Did you do it on the car?
       
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      No, I had it off at the time, but if you throw some plastic on the motor or towels or something to protect stuff I don't see why you couldn't do it with the intake on the engine.
       
    • CudaChick1968

      CudaChick1968 The Mistress of Metal FBBO Sponsor

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      Do it once and do it right! Otherwise any cleaning efforts you put in now will just have to be repeated again and again. Aluminum is VERY porous and absorbs all kinds of gunk over the years -- fuel, carb cleaner, etc. (that's where all the staining and discoloration comes from). Consider how much your time is worth and compare that against a couple hundred bucks getting it restored. Here's a few selections ...

      Eddie Rivera intake.jpg Heath Shanklin Slant 6 after.jpg Hemi Weiand after.jpg Juan Felipe layout.jpg Moonshine Speed Hemi Intake after.jpg Rivers Fulton after.jpg

      ... and a couple Before & After shots ...

      Moonshine Speed BBC intake before.jpg Moonshine Speed BBC intake after.jpg
      STR12 before.jpg
      STR12 after.jpg

      You also get a FBBO discount. :D:D:D
       
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        snakeyes FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

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        pretty pretty very nice girl :thumbsup:
         
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        • PlyGTXSat

          PlyGTXSat Active Member

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          How hard is it to pull off and put back on?
           
        • CudaChick1968

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          It takes a bit of time to remove the topside accessories and bolts but I wouldn't call it hard. Order your intake gaskets beforehand so the time the engine is hanging open is minimal. (Some people use a little RTV silicone on the short end seals.)
           
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          Done cheaply? Glass bead/sand blast and paint.
          You’ll be back doing it again in a few years.

          OR

          Best bet, clean it the best you can & drop it off to be powder coated @CudaChick1968

          These are my intakes in Alien Silver, the closest to the brand spankin new aluminum look I have found. I think I had 4 intakes done by her.

          All work done by the beautiful Red head. LeAnna.

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