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**DONOTDELETE**
03-22-2001, 03:23 PM
my polished upper/lower intake manifold and valve cover.

Looks like liquid metal... http://www.freshalloy.com/

I'll take pics and post later.

**DONOTDELETE**
03-25-2001, 08:35 PM
Not your father's intake http://www.freshalloy.com/
http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1486415&a=12159460&p=44813867&Sequence=0&res=high

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1486415&a=12159460&p=44813865&Sequence=0&res=high

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1486415&a=12159460&p=44813870&Sequence=0&res=high

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1486415&a=12159460&p=44813861&Sequence=0&res=high


[This message has been edited by blu90s13 (edited 03-25-2001).]

**DONOTDELETE**
03-25-2001, 08:44 PM
How much did it cost you to get your parts polished? Because I'm thinkin of doing that to mine.

**DONOTDELETE**
03-25-2001, 08:55 PM
$130. Worth every penny. I tried doing this myself. After many days of black bloody hands, lots of sandpaper, specialty sanding supplies, lots of aluminum dust (not healthy), mothers, wenol, etc., I finally gave up came to my senses and called a professional.

You can also polish the head, front cover, turbo compressor housing, basically anything aluminum. You can even have any of these parts anodized. Imagine a blue anodized intake and valve cover, with a red anodized turbo compressor housing. http://www.freshalloy.com/

Before I took the items to the polisher, I stripped the paint on the valve cover and ground some parts as follows:

I ground off the "ribs" on the ECCS unit (upper intake), the water pipe molded into the upper intake, and the BPT mounting tabs. I also ground off the vacuum tube mounting points on the lower intake. If you have a sohc and look at what your vacuum tube hard lines are mounted to, you'll know what I mean. This made the intake look more "tube like" and less like a hodgepodge of sub assemblies. I'm moving as many subassemblies away from the top of the lower intake.

[This message has been edited by blu90s13 (edited 03-25-2001).]

**DONOTDELETE**
03-25-2001, 09:03 PM
D*mn that looks very good. And cheap too.

**DONOTDELETE**
03-26-2001, 09:22 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Adam:
D*mn that looks very good. And cheap too.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks. Now all I need to do is get the damn car running...

Just replace front cover, oil pan, head, intake, turbo manifold, turbo, plumbing, not too much http://www.freshalloy.com/

SilviaS14
03-26-2001, 10:41 AM
damn that **** looks niiiiiiice!

I wanna get my valve cover anodized red http://www.freshalloy.com/

03-26-2001, 02:23 PM
Anodizing isn't very durable. It scratches very easily. Powdercoating is probably a better bet, but it doesn't look the same.

Asad

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SilviaS14:
I wanna get my valve cover anodized red http://www.freshalloy.com/<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

**DONOTDELETE**
03-26-2001, 02:33 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by asad137:
Anodizing isn't very durable. It scratches very easily. Powdercoating is probably a better bet, but it doesn't look the same.

Asad

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You would just need to be very careful around the anodized parts to prevent scratching. Just like anodized mountain-bike parts.

BTW, is the red top SR20DET's a candy paint?

SilviaS14
03-26-2001, 05:57 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by asad137:
Anodizing isn't very durable. It scratches very easily. Powdercoating is probably a better bet, but it doesn't look the same.

Asad

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Yeah but it doesn't look as cool.

**DONOTDELETE**
03-26-2001, 09:34 PM
How did they do it its so perfect, even in those very hard to resch places. $130=cheap

**DONOTDELETE**
03-26-2001, 09:39 PM
Where did you have this done? At a chrome plating/polishing shop, ro just a regular machine shop?

03
03-27-2001, 02:26 AM
it is a deep metallic red with clearcoat so it looks somewhat candy paint.


<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by blu90s13:
BTW, is the red top SR20DET's a candy paint? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

240sxTurbo
03-27-2001, 08:00 AM
I don't know....there is something about DIS-SIMILAR metals there on that manifold that all look the same and well with polishing....thats not possible.

Also the little plugs in the holes on the manifold bare a very stricking resembalance to the rest of it they are Dis-similar also....it is pretty it is smoothed, but that ain't polished....to dam hard to do....thats plated...but hey it still looks really nice...now lets see how it stands up to the heat.....

**DONOTDELETE**
03-27-2001, 11:58 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by vortex240:
How did they do it its so perfect, even in those very hard to resch places. $130=cheap<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I've talked to others that have gotten similar rates at different shops. I had been quoted 3x as much at other places though.

**DONOTDELETE**
03-28-2001, 12:05 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Adam:
Where did you have this done? At a chrome plating/polishing shop, ro just a regular machine shop?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

A polishing shop straight up. No chrome. This place polishes cobra valve covers, aluminum rims, by the palletful. Never seen "bench grinders" so big (about 5 feet end to end) http://www.freshalloy.com/

~15 employees with black faces (from dust) working there.

The owner Ray, took his grinder to it to eliminate casting pores (there's still some in a corner here and there) and his guys went to town on the polishing. When I talked to him about doing it myself he laughed and said "Son, we're the professionals, we have the horsepower, bring it to us."

As far as the dissimilar metals go. That confused me abit too. The only thing that I can figure is that the metals are steel with cadmium plating. Once the plating is "rubbed off" what's left is plain steel. I'm assuming high polished steel looks like aluminum. We'll see if they start rusting without their plating. At least I have spare parts (still plated) to replace the plugs with anyway.

**DONOTDELETE**
03-28-2001, 12:07 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SilviaS14:
(powedercoating) Yeah but it doesn't look as cool.

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Apparently powdercoating can be tranparent (candy-like) or metallic! I just found this out. Hmmm......