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5.3L Engine Rebuild Page 28

Figure 109
Figure 109

Figure 109. Completed final installation of the intake manifold. Decided to ditch the hex head bolts and used black socket heads with the stock spacers, which are painted copper. Follow the factory torque sequence, and torque them down in two steps. First step is 44 inch lbs, and second step is 89 inch lbs. The black socket heads with the copper spacers really looks good with the black manifold, a nice splash of color. The socket head screws are M6 x 70mm.

Figure 110
Figure 110

Figure 110. Today got one of the Proform valve covers repainted. It was sanded down with 280 grit to give the paint something to bite, then the copper LSX was painted. The letters were then masked off after the paint dried enough, then the black was painted. This really looks nice and fits in well with the engine color scheme. It is too bad that Proform does not offer these with black powder coat instead of red.

Figure 111
Figure 111

Figure 111. The black anodized spacers that we had made arrived and to test them out, we installed the coils from the old truck engine. We have not decided yet if we are just going to clean these up and re-use them or buy new ones, but for now, they help us get the engine assembled and give a starting point for the coil wiring. The Proform brackets are going to work very well for this.

Figure 112
Figure 112

Figure 112. Another view of the spacers for the coils. The spacer dimensions are 5/8 OD, 1/4 ID, and 3/4 Long. They are black anodized aluminum. They match the black bracket and black coils very well. The bolts are M6 x 30mm button socket head screws, and the nuts are M6 flanged hex nuts.


 
 
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