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This is a discussion on Painting my intake within the V6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; So can someone explain how to remove the intake and valve covers so I can paint them? I've never got ...

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    Painting my intake

    So can someone explain how to remove the intake and valve covers so I can paint them? I've never got in the engine so keep it simple lol. Pics are much appreciated! Also what all part am I going to need besides the upper intake gaskets and valve cover gaskets?
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    1st off you will need tools. Not just a simple socket set either..

    1. disconnect the battery.. Drain coolant system..
    2. disconnect ALL upper and lower manifold electrical connections.
    3. remove the coils and their mounting bracket.
    4. remove ALT.
    5. remove surpintine belt, and remove coolant diverter (the part the belt tensioner is mounted to).
    6. remove the black bracket that comes from the rear of the engine and on up to the back of the ALT.
    7. Purge the fuel rails.
    8. disconnect the fuel lines.
    9. remove rad hose from thermostat housing and EGR chimney pipe.
    10. disconnect the breather line from the fuel vapor purge solenoid.
    11. remove the fuel rail and injectors.
    12. remove the intake bellows or dryer if you're still stock.
    a. remove map vac line that runs to the fire wall and tranny..
    b. remove brake booster vac line..

    13. remove upper intake after checking all connectons are seperated.
    14. remove the gasket so you can get to the LM bolts that are (2) hidden under the gasket.
    15. remove the LM.

    USE THESE FOR REFERANCE ONLY. DO NOT ASSEMBLE THE TWO AS YOU SEE HERE.
    IF YOU DO YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACSESS THE (2) HIDDEN LM BOLTS LATER ON..


    Coolant diverter..

    coils and bracket.

    clean ignition module pins.

    clean and disassemble everything seen here..

    paint and reassemble but DO NOT mount the UI to the LM as you won't be able to get to the hidden LM bolts if you do..



    16. Purchase a top end gasket kit from your local auto parts.
    a. ALSO, purchase a tube of high temp RTV (copper) gasket seal..
    17. Pay close attention to how things come apart and take your time..
    18. You will likely break the black plastic coolant elbow that goes from the coolant diverter to the lower intake.
    a. The "help" section @ your auto parts will have exact replacements.
    19. Tap an clear all the threaded holes in both the UI and LM.. CAREFULLY!
    20. Once everything is removed. Take a LINT FREE cloth and soak up all the coolant that will get into the valley..
    21. Make sure NONE of the old gasket is left behind on all mating surfaces.
    22. begin reassembly and then PM me..
    Last edited by Smittro; 12-29-2010 at 09:01 PM. Reason: Details added

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    Thanks smitty!! Will do! I'm gonna start tearing into her today. I decided to scrap the crappy plastic LM gaskets and payed a pretty penny for new aluminum gaskets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by transamgirl89 View Post
    Thanks smitty!! Will do! I'm gonna start tearing into her today. I decided to scrap the crappy plastic LM gaskets and payed a pretty penny for new aluminum gaskets.
    No prob.. You will need more gaskets than just the updated LM to head gaskets.. You will also need the large gasket shown in the pic on top of the LM. You will also need to replace the O-rings in the same pic.. Aswell as the middle plastic valley leading edge gaskets..

    Also be prepaired to bleed.. It has been suggested that you clip the "points" off of the push pins under the cowl so not to rip up your arms.. If not you WILL be bleeding from scratches clear up to your elbows..
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    Some more pics to help..






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    This WILL be an under taking..

    It's not an overly easy job but it's also not overly hard..

    Just take your time, pay attention to details..

    You CAN do this yourself.. Trust me..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    No prob.. You will need more gaskets than just the updated LM to head gaskets.. You will also need the large gasket shown in the pic on top of the LM. You will also need to replace the O-rings in the same pic.. Aswell as the middle plastic valley leading edge gaskets..

    Also be prepaired to bleed.. It has been suggested that you clip the "points" off of the push pins under the cowl so not to rip up your arms.. If not you WILL be bleeding from scratches clear up to your elbows..
    Oh I already look like I got in a fight with a bear and lost. I finally got a bottle of peroxide and have it next to me cause I know I'm gonna get another cut. Hands are fine but good lord my arms! Curse GM for mounting these engines so far back!

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    Do you have to take all these pieces off to get to the LM? I know the altenator and belt tensioner come off but do the valve covers and coil packs come off to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by transamgirl89 View Post
    Do you have to take all these pieces off to get to the LM? I know the altenator and belt tensioner come off but do the valve covers and coil packs come off to?
    Coil packs yes.. Valve covers no...

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    Quote Originally Posted by transamgirl89 View Post
    Oh I already look like I got in a fight with a bear and lost. I finally got a bottle of peroxide and have it next to me cause I know I'm gonna get another cut. Hands are fine but good lord my arms! Curse GM for mounting these engines so far back!
    Nearly our entire engine is under the our cowl..

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    The reason the coil's have to come off is you'll be needing that space to reach the rear UI bolts and it will give you the room you need on that side to work back there..

    Also both the alt. and coil brackets obstruct the LM..
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    Finally finished it!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Streak View Post
    Looks great... Im just confused that the screenname says TransAmGirl... but drives a v6 camaro... <scratches head>
    Because when I first joined the site I had a TA but I totaled it and once you make a screen name you can't change it.

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