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Old 12-13-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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Show me your engine compartments!

Come on, don't be shy. I need ideas for making mine look sharp when I open the newly insulated dog house. I want that WOW factor, I want to hear the oohs and aahs!
Here's mine...not too exciting right now. Eventually, I would like to remove, clean and replace the big block valve covers restored to original GMC blue.
Other than that, I have no clue what else to do except maybe Armorall the rubber.

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Old 12-13-2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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Ooh,aah I think what you have looks pretty good already.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:30 PM   #3
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Oh man, you cracked me up! LOL
I think if you saw it in person though, you wouldn't want to get near it. Cobwebs, grime, rust, old foamy oily insulation, wierd wires all over the place. Yep, that's all going to get cleaned up. That's right, I'm going to drive 75 mph on the freeway. That should do the trick. My tire codes read 303, so I may have to go a bit slower (yes, before 2000, ok?). That's a new thread in itself.
I just thought about replacing my fuel filter too. The engine hesitates somewhat. Perhaps I'll paint it yellow to brighten up the engine compartment!
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:43 PM   #4
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Put the plug wires in wire looms - chrome or color to complement or match the coach . Send out the air cleaner center cover to be chromed. Change valve covers to some fancy hot rod type - or send the existing covers out to be chromed, too.

Get wire loom to cover misc wires.

Have miscellaneous brackets chromed or powder-coated to match the wire loom?

Add covers for the hoses.

Just some random thoughts...
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:38 PM   #5
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don't forget a hairnet...

You could just buy a couple of cans of spray paint(your color choice) and have at it...keep the spare can for touch-ups and those pesky oil spots...
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:00 AM   #6
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Hi, the only thing that I see from your pictures is wires running everywhere. In my younger years, I spent many hours wrapping wire looms, re-routing wires and hoses. I see a solenoid with several wires; I would wrap them with a good electrical tape or use convolute. I see two separate wire looms going in two different directions over the left valve cover. I would join them in one convolute and have them follow the valley if possible. I see a few plug wires that are too short and a few that are too long. I would swap them to find a more even length or re-route them to look more even. That RED wire at the rear of the engine must have a better way to get from point A to point B. I can't see it in your picture, but I used to shorten and re-route heater hoses too.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:43 AM   #7
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About 10 years ago I had someone find and install all the smog stuff that was missing, and he did all the work. I never did get back into the compartment to "clean" things up because in my mind, this was not a performance engine, just an old moho.
About 5 years ago I bought a 1965 Corvette Sting Ray and a buddy and I put a high performance engine in there in my garage and I did alot of other work on it as well. I raced the heck out of it, all the while towing it with the moho, while never giving the engine compartment a glance.
Now, I've decided that I may eventually part ways with it and I decided to spiff up under the hood so it looks like what I did with the Vette...clean!
I've actually already bought some wire corrugation, blue spray paint, plug looms, and other stuff. After I'm done, I'll post a pic.
Pictures would sure help me get other good ideas too.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:35 AM   #8
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...Pictures would sure help me get other good ideas too.
YES, great idea for a thread! Every time I see a picture of an engine compartment I save it. I have to reconstruct the entire engine compartment of my 74 Argosy from scratch because the engine, transmission and all the associated components were gone by the time the motorhome came into my hands.

So by all means post pictures of your engine compartments along with views from the front as well.

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Old 12-15-2012, 12:09 PM   #9
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Great thread idea Astro!

Goodness Brad, collecting pics of Airstream parts... I would NEVER do that...

I hope this counts...

This is how ours looked when we got it..
Wrong carb, airfilter, missing and/or disconnected emissions stuff...
Still managed 8.4mpg on one leg of the drive home tho.


The banks airfilter top was under the bed, with the original lower housing, but it had been sawn off..

I figured out why later...
The bracket that holds the Cruise control head and battery isolator has been repostioned... and the snorkle would not fit under it, so they chopped it off!

This is what I am working toward putting in under my doghouse...

Restored Banks top... refurbished junkyard lower, plastic snorkle, and hot air feed pipe.



Correct Quadrajet.


Rebuilt and blinged up carb and Edelbrock Performer 2.0 intake!



With Banks filter.


Micky Thompson Cast Aluminum Valvecovers..


Mallory HEI Dizzy.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:41 PM   #10
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I like those Mickey Thomson valve covers! How do you plan on connecting the remote filler to the valve cover?
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:38 PM   #11
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I like those Mickey Thomson valve covers! How do you plan on connecting the remote filler to the valve cover?
I don't....

I could with a little work, but taking the doghouse off is a small chore to fill.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:52 PM   #12
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A friend of mine with a GMC motorhome cut the top of the doghouse cover (flat on the GMC) and mounted a piece of very heavy tempered glass in it. He now can look down at the engine any time he wants. It is kinda cool, actually.

Sorry, I have no photos of it.
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A friend of mine with a GMC motorhome cut the top of the doghouse cover (flat on the GMC) and mounted a piece of very heavy tempered glass in it. He now can look down at the engine any time he wants. It is kinda cool, actually.

Sorry, I have no photos of it.
Now THAT I want to see!
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Keyair: I will try to get him to send me a photo so I can post it.
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