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Because the engine looked so good inside, and because I didn’t have a ton of money to spend on machine work, I decided to reuse as many of the original parts as I could. Hi-Tek Engine rebuilding in Gardena, California, hot-tanked the engine for me and added new freeze plugs. I cleaned the deck with 220-grit sandpaper on the longest piece of wood I found lying around and scrubbed the cylinders by hand with a red Scotch-Brite pad. Then I washed the block with detergent, chasing all the oil passages with rifle brushes, blew it dry, and painted it with semigloss black high-temperature paint.