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Old 01-10-2020, 08:35 PM   #11
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After I removed the Emissions, I started cleaning the grit, grime, and muck, that was all in the engine bay. I don't have any before pics, because everything was black with oil. I plan on replacing the Valve Cover Gasket, as well as the plugs and wires soon.
Here is the cleaned up motor
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Look what I found, TDC
clean head TDC.jpg
There was so much oil/dirt on this engine. It did not come off easy. Eventually I got the Pressure washer out to do the hard to reach places.
Here is a close up of the Dizzy
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While the truck is up on Ramps, I got down on the ground and did the undercarriage too
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I was a little shocked after all the oil/dirt was off.
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Old 01-10-2020, 08:39 PM   #12
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Here is what the hood looked like.
hood (dirty).jpg
this is what it looks like now.
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Edit. in the TOP pic, I had already started pressure washing the lower portion before I thought to take a pic.
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Old 01-14-2020, 12:27 AM   #13
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Valve cover gasket got some friends today. Plugs and wires got here, early too. They weren't supposed to be here until Friday, it's Monday. Plan on doing those as soon as it dries up a little. Hopefully i can clean up the intake while I'm in there. It really sucks, not having an indoor workspace.
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:19 PM   #14
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So the Valve cover gasket came, but I wanted to spruce the engine bay up a little while I had things apart. So I first stripped the paint off of a few items.
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I really liked the look of the bare metal, but knew I couildnt keep it like that. Just an hour after I stripped the paint, surface rust had already started. So, I painted it Gloss Black, and the rest of the Breather cap Flat Black. I also painted my Valve Cover Silver, but NOT that cheap fake aluminum Silver, I used Krylon Brushed Nickle, and I must say, It turned out pretty nice.
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But I think I got ahead of Myself. First I replaced the gasket. The old one was very stiff and brittle. A crack had formed between the #2 and #3 cylinders
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While the Valve Cover was off, I replaced all the plugs and wires.
old plugs.jpg
As you can see, those plugs were in bad shape. Plug #3 on the intake (passenger) side was missing the little piece that the plug wire actually snaps onto. You can see it is just coated with black carbon.

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Old 01-21-2020, 09:26 PM   #16
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Also I painted the Lift point RED
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So I stepped to the inside of the truck this weekend and decided to cover some of the plastic pieces. I started with the little pieces that go on the headliner/Cab
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Then I worked on the pillars.

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It turned out pretty nice. I think I'll tackle the whole dash when I get some free time this spring.
I used gray MicroFiber (fake suede) that I removed from a couch that some one had thrown out near my work. I just walked up to it with a utility knife and hacked away all the good fabric. I try to be resourceful as possible to keep cost down.

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Old 01-29-2020, 09:02 PM   #18
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Added Note: My truck came with Tan interior, & I am slowly changing it over to Gray. My only concern is the Headliner. It is old, but in Really good shape, I'm afraid if I try to mess with it, I may ruin it. So I may just clean it up as good as possible, and spray it with plasti-dip, any suggestions?
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Missing 3 of the 4 bolts/studs on the rear exhaust port on the manifold. I hope they fell out and not Broke off. I read somewhere that this is pretty common, I just wonder how long it's been like this.
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I wouldn't reccomend plastidip on the headliner...
you can get upholstery paint/dye in rattle cans.

https://www.autozone.com/paint-and-b...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

I've it with good results in the past, but always black.
not sure how well gray will cover tan.

Good luck
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