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A couple of nights in the engine bay

Discussion in 'Clio Trophy Discussion' started by Ashtons99, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. Ashtons99

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    I've been wanting to get the car finally finished off for a while. The only thing I had left to sort was the engine bay. The inner wing fuse box had annoyed me from day 1 having a broken locking clip. Also the plenum, fuel rail guard and the engine mount any alloy block on the drivers side needed tidying.

    After a trip to my local vapour blasting guy and a couple of nights in the garage with various wire brushes, rotary brushes, assorted sprays, wrinkle finish hycote and various cleaners I have got the engine bay to where I'm happy with it.

    The fuse box was a bit of a shuffling job that is about impossible without removing the battery. While things were out I also treated it to a new expansion bottle.

    I took a quick shot, just waiting now for the engine top wrinkle finish to wrinkle, it took 2 days on the Cup!
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    very nice,good inspiration, once ive finished my fiesta il be doing the clio next
     
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    Great work as always Tony :smile:
     
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    Not logged in for a while, glad to see the old car looking well. I remember the clip being broken, in fact I may have broken it!
     
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    I don't think you would recognise the car now


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    is the inlet manifold just blasted, or have you coated it as well?
     
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    @Ashtons99 has just vapour blasted.
    It's an amazing finish as I got parts done on mine over a year ago and they are still perfect.

    Also had stuff done on the 197


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    No just vapour blast. Nothing else. Here's what they come back like [​IMG]


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    did you get then sone local or send them off? thanks
     
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    I once had a set of vapour blasted inlets... looked practically painted finished was so clean.
     
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    Just local to me so could drop off


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    IMG_2101.JPG good stuff
    anywhere around me are complete clowns. powdercoater lost a part from my xr2 and im having difficulty finding a replacement
     
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    Hmmm, got me thinking. Like the finish.
     
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    Yes comes up well, this was my Cup before and after
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    Let me know if you find anyone locally Andy, also I think I need to take advantage of your services again :wink:
     
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    I'll see what I can find then.
     
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    I would also ask the question when getting it done.
    A lot of places opt out of the expensive stuff which is ceramic dust and use sand instead.

    As the sand is not that fine it does not leave the better finish like the ceramic dust does and as the ceramic is more expensive to buy a lot of people use the sand.
     
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    Yes, the guy who does mine uses ceramic media, I've also heard some sort of soda crystal is used by some
     
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    What's the best way to clean the inlet manifold insitu?
     
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    It's upper is easy to take off TBH.
     

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