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Old 01-30-2004, 01:44 AM   #1
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A new purchase off Ebay for the e30......

I bought this and think it will look a lot better then the stock e30 valve cover, much more like the new e36 engine covers.
Didn't come with a valve cover gasket, but I am picking one up from Budd's tomorrow for only $24.00
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Old 01-30-2004, 01:56 AM   #2
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wow, looks great! How much did it run ya if u dont mind me asking? Mine looks the same, except mine is oil/dirt... LOL
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Old 01-30-2004, 03:04 AM   #3
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Very nice, I've been eyeing those and the intake manifolds down for a long time now. I think I may just do it myself, those auctions end at some pretty high prices.

Clean it with Simple Green, apply brack wrinkle paint, and voila, you have the look. I'm just too scared to try it.
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Clean it with Simple Green, apply brack wrinkle paint, and voila, you have the look. I'm just too scared to try it.
If this is geared towards me, I would never wash my engine.. All the oil etc, that are on it, provide extra protection, and sometimes when using chemicals it may eat away at gaskets etc, on older vehicles.Ive heard this from some mechanics, and just car guys... Im not 100% positive, but it does make sense to me... One bad thing tho is, all the dirt, etc, are like a layer that provides extra warmth for the engine....something not very good
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Old 01-30-2004, 03:37 AM   #5
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If this is geared towards me,
It wasn't meant for you, I was just stating how do DIY it.
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Old 01-30-2004, 07:06 AM   #6
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i can get the same done to a spare valve cover and then sell it to someone if they would want it, and if there is interest in more then one i'll see what i can do. oh and this will be powder coated crinkle finish! so that means long life!

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Just do it yourself.

I did it with flat black.
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I agree. It's not a difficult (or expensive) job. Do it. It's worth it. Make sure you get a new gasket and you'll be okay.
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Old 01-30-2004, 01:29 PM   #9
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i hope you are paying $24 canadian for the gasket, cause i paid $8 US for mine
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OK. Painting the cover is easy but how did you guys sand it so that it looks clean and even. Did you use some sort of wood block etc. under the sandpaper?
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yeah , you should have used the one you have, just sand blast it and high temp spray paint it, do it you your old one and re sell it, make your money back.
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OK. Painting the cover is easy but how did you guys sand it so that it looks clean and even. Did you use some sort of wood block etc. under the sandpaper?
I tried with a wood block but I quickly noticed that it was easy to scratch parts of the cover where you don't want to remove the paint...

I changed to a rotary tool (like a Dremel) and it ended up looking great. It's longer but it'll do a much better job.
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yeah , you should have used the one you have, just sand blast it and high temp spray paint it, do it you your old one and re sell it, make your money back.
Thanks Bob, that was exactly the answer I was looking for since I read in many places, people having problems with sanding it properly.

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Old 01-30-2004, 05:37 PM   #14
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it is easier to get a razer blade and peel the paint off for the lines on top of the valve cover then taping it when you paint it too...

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No problem, johnoz. Good luck! And post pics after you're done.
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