91. Stripped down a head with some aircraft stripper, thoroughly cleaned everything:

92. Here’s where all the parts went. Every valve was cleaned with a 3M scotchbrite wheel. Replacing all the stem seals.

93. The intake manifold had a coat of sound absorption paint on it, which may have reduced its heat transfer somewhat, but it looked terrible and was starting to flake off. I took some more aircraft stripper to it… which ended up being nearly the whole can. That paint just turned to a nasty tar like sludge. After a lot of work I finally got it clean. I also sanded down the casting seams, cut off the unnecessary vacuum port (cruise control) and also cut off a few other aluminum protrusions. There was a bad dent on one of the runners, which I’m filling with JB Weld, then sanding smooth. I’ll eventually coat the whole thing in an epoxy based silver paint.

94. I noticed that the Rotrex outlet line was competing for space with the fuel line, so I unlocked the fuel hard line from its plastic mount and pushed it into the tunnel. Then I drilled, and mounted a nutsert so that I could secure the SS fuel line with a cushion clamp to the firewall. The SS line was rubbing the paint on the firewall, so I ordered up some large heat-shrink and covered the line with it.

95. Also competing for space was the Rotrex and the wires/fuel line/vacuum line running across the front of the engine compartment over the right hand side. To help reduce the clutter, I decided to remove the the 4ga cable running from the remote jumper terminals to the battery. Instead I just shortened the cable and ground to a factory lug directly below the terminals. Saved space and weight all at once. A ohmmeter confirmed I had a good ground.

96. I also decided to swap my Aeromotive Compact EFI AFPR for a Radium Engineering unit, which uses Bosch OEM style non-adjustable regulators. More info on it here:http://www.radiumauto.com/products.php?Universal-Fuel-Pressure-Regulator-12 Very high quality gear, and good customer service. Since the FPR is set at my desired pressure, I didn’t really need a visual gauge, so I got a electronic pressure sender. Its cable run through the passenger side firewall grommet, then over to the Dataloggit so fuel pressures can be logged.