How To: Refresh Your Old School’s Engine Bay

Sandman from Sandman Designs proves you can build a show-stopping engine bay in your garage.

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  • 1a-Remove-the-hood,-making-sure-to-mark-the-location-of-the-hinges
    Step 1: Remove the hood, making sure to mark the location of the hinges.
  • 1b-Carefully-remove-the-header-panel,-bumper-and-grille;-put-the-bolts-in-labeled-Ziploc-bags-for-reassembly.-Then-remove-the-battery,-radiator-and-AC-condenser
    Step 2: Carefully remove the header panel, bumper and grille; put the bolts in labeled Ziploc bags for reassembly. Then remove the battery, radiator and AC condenser.
  • 1c-Sandman-breaks-it-down
    Step 3: Sandman breaks it down.
  • 1d-Remove-all-of-the-front-accessories
    Step 4: Remove all of the front accessories.
  • 1e-Removed-parts-can-either-be-discarded-or-refurbished
    Step 5: Removed parts can either be discarded or refurbished.
  • 1f--Core-support-is-removed-and-ready-to-be-sent-for-powder-coating
    Step 6: Core support is removed and ready to be sent for powder coating.
  • 2a-Unbolt-transmission-mount,-hook-up-engine-hoist,-pull-bolts-out-of-motor-mounts-and-remove-motor.-Make-sure-to-remove-the-engine-and-tranny-with-the-proper-engine-hoist
    Step 7: Unbolt transmission mount, hook up engine hoist, pull bolts out of motor mounts and remove motor. Make sure to remove the engine and tranny with the proper engine hoist.
  • 2b-Unbolt-transmission-mount,-hook-up-engine-hoist,-pull-bolts-out-of-motor-mounts-and-remove-motor.-Make-sure-to-remove-the-engine-and-tranny-with-the-proper-engine-hoist
    Step 8: Unbolt transmission mount, hook up engine hoist, pull bolts out of motor mounts and remove motor. Make sure to remove the engine and tranny with the proper engine hoist.
  • 2c-Pressure-wash-to-remove-the-oil-and-grime
    Step 9: Pressure wash to remove the oil and grime.
  • 2d-Tape-off-and-use-a-wire-wheel-brush-to-remove-remaining-debris
    Step 10: Tape off and use a wire wheel brush to remove remaining debris.
  • 2e-Jody-Stidham-of-Jody’s-Garage-breaks-down-the-motor-and-installs-the-Summit-Racing-Equipment-internal-components-and-the-custom-serpentine-setup
    Step 11: Jody Stidham of Jody’s Garage breaks down the motor and installs the Summit Racing Equipment internal components and the custom serpentine setup.
  • 2f-Jody-Stidham-of-Jody’s-Garage-breaks-down-the-motor-and-installs-the-Summit-Racing-Equipment-internal-components-and-the-custom-serpentine-setup
    Step 12: Jody Stidham breaks down the motor and installs the Summit Racing Equipment internal components and the custom serpentine setup.
  • 2g-Jody-Stidham-of-Jody’s-Garage-breaks-down-the-motor-and-installs-the-Summit-Racing-Equipment-internal-components-and-the-custom-serpentine-setup
    Step 13: Ready to go back in!
  • 2h-Call-some-friends!
    Step 14: Call some friends!
  • 3a-Remove-all-lines,-electrical-connections-and-sensors
    Step 15: Remove all lines, electrical connections and sensors.
  • 3b-Send-reusable-parts-to-be-powder-coated
    Step 16: Send reusable parts to be powder coated.
  • 3c-Use-wire-wheel-brush-to-clean-all-parts-before-priming
    Step 17: Use wire wheel brush to clean all parts before priming.
  • 3d-Tape-off-any-additional-openings
    Step 18: Tape off any additional openings.
  • 3e-After-primer,-spray-the-firewall,-frame,-suspension-components-and-brake-booster-semi-gloss-black
    Step 19: After primer, spray the firewall, frame, suspension components and brake booster semi-gloss black.
  • 3f-After-primer,-spray-the-firewall,-frame,-suspension-components-and-brake-booster-semi-gloss-black
    Step 20: After primer, spray the firewall, frame, suspension components and brake booster semi-gloss black.
  • 3g-Install-refurbished-core-support-(this-one’s-from-Tim-at-Little-Guys-in-New-Deal,-Tennessee)
    Step 21: Install refurbished core support (this one’s from Tim at Little Guys in New Deal, Tennessee).
  • 3h-Run-new-braided-lines,-reattach-all-new-and-powder-coated-parts
    Step 22: Run new braided lines, reattach all new and powder-coated parts.
  • Money!
    Money!

  • g.s. photo

    Quite a bit of work, but the results really pay off.