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Crome crap for the street toy

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Z3PR, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

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    As most of y'all know, I have a 78 El Camino that will be a street toy. I've always had alot of crome crap on the street toys engine. Always like the classic look, Engine painted Chevy Orange, and the AC Delco Crome valve covers, air breather, timing cover, ...ect. ( The AC Delco Crome with the bowtie and "CHEVROLET" in raised letters. ) Anywho, I'm asking should I do that again on the El Camino, or should I go with a more modern look ?? What do you think ??[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    I say go with the classic look unless your putting a new LS1 or something like that will all aluminum and polished runners.

    PS chrome adds more horsepower. That reminds me I need to clean my bling on my motor to get some horses back. :xmas:
     
  3. Z3PR

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    I'm not going wild with this one, it's just a street car. Was planning on building a 327, but now I'm just thinking a 355 , nothing wild, I'd be happy with 300 horse.
     
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    Ya can't spell Classic without using Class!:D
     
  5. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

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    True, but I'm also thinking stuff like [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    I like matte. I've alwyas thought a white clock with matte black accesories would look cool
     
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    Okay ?? Don't quite get what that has too do with a engine.
     
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    *ahem*

    BLOCK!

    THE IRONY OF MY MISSPELLING CONFUSING Z3PR
     
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    Oh, okay. Either way, the block will be Chevy Orange.
     
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    Am I the only person that like the look of a sbc painted in that mid 70's Chevy blue:whistle: I think it looks cool all done up with some chrome:cool1: I would never do it to a car that came stock with an orange engine.
     
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    I dont like the AC-Delco accesories personally, they look cheap. I am the all mighty blingmaster, all hail me.....anyway, suprisingly enough I didnt use any chrome on my motor besides the air cleaner lid, just a little polished aluminum for some brackets I made to hold sensors, and the power steering resevoir and the timing chain cover. If I was building a motor like your talking about, I would use these valve covers http://paceparts.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=25266 Or if I was more on a budget, these, theyare polished aluminum, not chrome http://paceparts.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=25261

    For the timing chain cover, I have a Cloyes on my big block(like you showed in your second post), nice heavy duty unit. I would probably get one, high polish it, then clearcoat it.

    And for the breather. If you go with the polished valve covers, http://paceparts.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=126165 and if you go chrome http://paceparts.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=25107 The only reason I would say depending on what you choose, when they are that close together, you can tell the difference between chrome and polished aluminum.

    Notice those lids are blank, then I would get a decal that shows your engine specs. 327, 350, 383, etc, they make tons of em, get one and put on your breather lid muscle car style.
     
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    I'm suprised. The A/C Delco crome crap has always looked good to me. It seams too be thicker then alot of the crome valve covers on the market, but it's been quite a few years sence I last bought any, so who knows anymore.
     
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    maybe the stuff ive seen passed as ac delco is the jcwhitney crap, who knows, at a carshow, stick the crappy stuff in the good boxes and resell, it happens, I just really like those other vc's, not the stamped steel chrome ones.
     
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    I've always the AC Delco crome from Jeg's. I'm still debating crome or aluminum. Price has always been a factor, So the AC Delco crome still looks good to my pocket book, LOL.
     
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    I would go with polished cast aluminum covers over the stamped steel stuff. The valve covers and timing cover on my 388 are cast and they do not leak. The steel stuff deforms over time and then you start to get puddles in your driveway.:doah:

    [​IMG]
     
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    I try not to use chrome in places that aren't easy/convenient to wipe off as it rusts. Hate putting nice shiny stuff on and then a year or two later it is turning brown. I spent $1500.00 on a new front wheel assembly on my Shovel and two years later it looks just like the old one. I need my shop to help prevent the moisture from killing everything. That and all stainless or aluminum bling bling!


    Purtty motor Beast388, absolutely gorgeous.
     
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    Thanks!:D

    Now days it looks like this:
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    Not quite as shiny.:doah: :1zhelp: :waytogo: But that aluminum isn't rusting.:D
     
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    Ya notice any improvement with the MSD.................I sure did!
     
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    We're hijackin' this thread!:D

    This motor has always had the MSD on it, so it is difficult to tell if there was an improvement. I can tell you that it runs great and starts up when it is 20 below outside.:D
     
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    Sorry Z3PR...................

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