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420A Bolt-on Tech: Intake, exhaust, ignition, fuel system, cooling, etc - specific to 2G N/T DSMs. New Members must limit their 420A tech posts to this forum.

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Old 12-01-2011, 12:54 AM Show Printable Version Show Printable Version   Email this Post to a Friend Email this Post      #1 (permalink)
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Pulled the valve cover and you'll never guess.


Not sure if this is the right section.

Hey dsmtuners!

I decided to pull my 420a valve cover off for a cleaning and some paint to make it spiffy for the car show next week.

I decided to take a ton of photos with my phone and thought maybe you guys can tell me if these interals are stock or not. Soon as I get inside I'm going todo my part. I figure this could help other 420 guys id their cams, valve springs, lifters and what not.

Also maybe point out any problems I may not see. I'm not an engine expert yet but id like to be.

If you see any bad things going on in these photos, please lemme know how I can fix it and what its called. Also identifying the markings would help a lot as well.
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I can not say about the cams, but look at the back end and see if there is anything engraved or stamped there.

The springs and retainers look stock.

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Your head was assembled in Mex? Lol
Most all the 420a heads I have looked at are cast in Mexico.

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Mine is too. But I have stock cams and they say 532 on them. The springs and lifters look stock as well.
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All Stock hardware in those pics. And Good news is it looks pretty clean inside too you have a good healthy engine

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All Stock hardware in those pics
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Ya deff. looks good inside. Keep up your maintance and it should last for a while longer.

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Most all the 420a heads I have looked at are cast in Mexico.
no wonder those 420 engines suck . Jk Jk

I see nothing out of the ordinary in those pics. Like other members have said... all looks stock to me as wel.
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Besides the "1" that is written on your intake cam, it all looks stock to me!
Might have been rebuilt or worked on in the past.
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Definitely car show quality!!

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Definitely car show quality!!
Well I strp the second layer of pay off the valve cover tonight and then I give it a bath again with seafoam. After that some sanding. Rinse. Sand. Rinse and then seafoam once more the my paint. I have two choices. Engine enamel greyish primer as the light base. the engine enamal blue and it says something abotu ceramic. I also just picked up. A light blue VHT header paint. Matte blue. I don't know which would turn out better.

My goal is to have the lettering shiney new. The vc paint itself not shiny or have an anaodized finish at all. I want it flat deep in color.

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I decided to fill a container with the thinner and water and scrub scrub dub. It work. Surprisingly. I've cleaned it off with simple green inside and out. I bought a dremel and some nice little things for it so I can to the fine touches of griding and polishing/cleaning and here's what I got so far guys


Right now I'm sanding it with 800 then ill use 2000. Before I throw on a thing layer of primer.

My question is why use primer when I have high heat engine enamel?
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Update all sanding is done I decided screw the paper and used a super secret method wondering if I should leave the vc like this

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Painting is all done and I've baked it at 200 degress and raised it little by little to 400 then about 6 hours later now the oven is off. And I'm going go let it cool of nice and slow. Then dremel clean the lettering.

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you used a DA....? thats not to secret lol

Powder coating it would have saved you time, and frustration later when the paint goes.. Looks good for now tho


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Paint will look good for a garunteed 7 years of daily driver use

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For the car show on the 4 it will look new

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I think the raw look of the valve cover without paint was neat


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