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Old 10-28-2014, 10:13 AM
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Smoothing & repainting exhaust manifolds

Well the boat is put away in my heated storage for the winter. I finally decided to tackle a project that has been bothering my OCD on my LT1 engine. All the really rough casting marks and seams on the exhaust manifolds really bother me. They were really rusty on the bottom where the factory didn't paint them very well too . It is such a large part, and in predominant view, that I wanted to improve. I also wanted to change the color from black to red. All the accents in my motor are red, so I wanted to give it a more custom look. Before taking the boat to storage, I removed both manifolds to tackle as a winter project. To my surprise, all 12 bolts that attach them to the block came out easy. I have already started smoothing them out with a grinding wheel, and sanding both by hand and an orbital sander. I'm not trying for a show quality finish, but just a smoother look. I don't want to take off too much metal either, just the casting extras especially on the seams. I'll keep attaching pics to show the progress. I've ordered new gaskets from SKIDIM, so I'll be ready for the reinstall when spring finally arrives!
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:15 AM
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The starting of the process.
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:17 AM
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:19 AM
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:21 AM
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Another angle.
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:19 PM
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Very Nice Work, Looks Great!
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:31 PM
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That looks great ,can't wait to see it all back together.
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:33 PM
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:54 PM
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Yet one more thing to tack on to the To Do List




Nice work, by the way.
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:51 PM
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Yet one more thing to tack on to the To Do List




Nice work, by the way.
ditto...LOL

looks awesome... how about the insides - just prodding the MCOCD
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