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Spray-Can Detailing A Greasy Small-Block Chevy

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There are times when a good old-fashioned painting and detail party is in order. These projects are fun because they are easy to complete quickly—especially when staring down a dozen other long-term projects that seem to extend forever! When the engine in my son's El Camino spun a rod bearing, the call went out for a replacement small-block. We dug up a TBI-injected '93 Chevy pickup engine that was in decent shape, except for the deep embedded layer of grease and oil that coated the entire engine. Once we excavated most of the offending scourge, it was time for a few spray-can-detailing tricks to transform our soggy excuse for a small-block into a photo-worthy street star. We spent a few bucks on a swap-meet Edelbrock Performer intake, a Holley 600-cfm carburetor, and a junkyard HEI to replace the original TBI intake and computerized distributor. To make everything look pretty, we experimented with Eastwood's budget Soda-Blast kit, along with a few cans of paint. The derelict engine now looks Tinseltown fabulous powering the El Camino somewhere in the wilds of Colorado. It's amazing what a simple cleansing and a little paint will do for an engine's street cred.

Parts List

Description PN Source Price
Eastwood Soda-Blast kit 13943 Eastwood $34.99
Eastwood Aluma-Blast, 11 ounce 10109Z Eastwood 11.99
Eastwood Matte Black, 11 ounce 12032Z Eastwood 12.99
Eastwood Pre-Painting Prep spray 10041Z Eastwood 7.99
VHT Gloss Engine black, 11 ounce 13827Z Eastwood 9.99
Performer intake manifold 2101 Swap Meet 50.00
HEI distributor Used Junkyard 10.00
Pertronix HEI cap and rotor kit D4001 Summit Racing 30.97
ACCEL spark-plug wire kit 4041K Summit Racing 35.97
Gates serpentine tensioner pulley 38001 RockAuto 15.31
Gates idler pulley 38006 RockAuto 12.72
Dorman A/C bypass pulley 34152 RockAuto 29.79
Gates serpentine belt K060970 RockAuto 13.71
Made 4 You wire separators 50-35611 Summit Racing 38.99

PerTronix Performance Products
440 East Arrow Highway
San Dimas
CA  91773
Eastwood Company
263 Shoemaker Road
PA  19464
Made 4 You
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