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How did you make all of the aluminum look so factory fresh? I’m engaging in a project that I would have never foreseen, 20 years ago I bought a core support for my old 2002, then decided it was too much work to install, started working on what I had, too much rust, so pulled the fenders and core support, now I’m looking at a dirty ole engine, need to do some resealing, but my aluminum pieces look dodgy. Ordered fenders and parts from wallothnesch. Hope that work out. I think Chris Economaki said it in Road & Track, “you can keep a car too long”, and I’m on my 42 year, whew!

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Jerryasi I used Eastwood alumina blast paint or their high temp paint depending where it was applied.  You can clean the aluminum parts in a tumbler or light media blast but they don't stay new looking and they wil take a stain.   The paint is easier to keep clean long-term and looks fantastic.  Good luck on your project 

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so how much disassembly did you do? My engine is out on stand, have a few covers to reseal, but don't need to pull the head. will likely order the yellow anodized hardware from Walloth & Nesch. Need to know how to get a thorough clean before painting.

 

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I had it completely apart.  I have a solvent bath and degreased every part thoroughly prior to paint.

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Looks fantastic.  make it complete with new clear/white fuel lines.  the faded orange lines look out of place with the quality of the rest of the build.  Well done. 

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I do need new fuel lines to make it totally new.  That's the only current hint of patina.  For the cad parts I bead blasted and got them to a local plater  right away.   Going to be nice putting the car together with perfectly restored fasteners

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Looks great!

 

Is the ground braid for the steering coupling hiding from the pic?

 

Knowing how easy it is to replace the starter on a tii with the motor in, I'd put a newer, faster, lighter 6 cylinder starter in now unless your're certain that stock-sized one is excellent. Hope I didn't just jinx you! :D 

 

Cheers,

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The starter worked great when I got the car.  I opened it up to check the brushes and bearings and all looked good.  I hear you though.  I've done the fun "this old clutch driven plate looks good im just going to reuse it" routine  

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