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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old January 7th, 2017, 20:47 Thread Starter
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Cleaning Up My Engine Bay

I have an '85 MR2, bluetop 4A-GE with A/C and cruise control. I want to clean up the engine bay and make it look pretty and presentable. My car does have A/C and cruise control though.

What I was thinking so far is painting the rocker covers with wrinkle red (since my exterior is red), new oil cap and cleaning up all of my vacuum lines and routing everything nicely (maybe some aftermarket plug wires) and getting the Jimi throttle bracket that everyone seems to love. I have cruise control, (and I do use it sometimes) so having that throttle bracket would mean I wouldn't have any way of having the cruise control hooked up. I'm honestly fine with just deleting the cruise control system though, I don't use it that often and I could even make a buck selling the system.

I also want to get a new set of silicone vacuum lines, but where I have no idea. I don't even know the right size or if there is a kit for the MK1 MR2.

So, I just need some help finding a proper vacuum line set (preferably in red), a new oil cap (black or red, aluminum would be nice), what kind of paint I should use (I hear VHT has a wrinkle red), and where I can get a Jimi bracket.

Any help would be great.

Last edited by achulz; January 7th, 2017 at 20:57. Reason: Added stuff I want to do.
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I got my Jimi bracket from a guy in the U.K. You could get the CC to work with it if you use a FWD throttle body and do a little fab work with the bracket and cable.
Aluminum oil caps are out there, lo a ebay.
Some smog shops will give you a bad time n those silicone vac lines. They consider it a "modification" here in Cali.. Some of the CHP will ticket you on it as well. Assinine!(misspelled purposely) So make sure to inquire about them ahead of time.
Wrinkle finish look good, but is hell to clean without taking it off. Consider powder coating instead. I paid 30 bucks to do a set of mine, not wrinkle though. They held up to pressure washing and the degreasers I used.
Might look into a little wire tuck as well.
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I'm not too worried about the smog stuff, my car is exempt from emissions testing anyway. Plus Texas cops are pretty lenient most of the time, at least in my area.

I went ahead and got the VHT wrinkle red, I didn't really think about ease of cleaning until you mentioned it, but I think pretty much anything will look better than how it is now.

By the way, is there a recommended way to get the intake manifold all pretty again? Mine is all oxidized and dull.
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Intake manifold? Have it hot tanked. Don't do a bead blast of abrasive blast unless you are sure the abrasive media can be removed 100%, it can do some bad things to your engine. IF, you want to do it yourself there are several chemicals out there that brighten aluminum. Look for AC condenser cleaner/brightener, it can give good results. To get the big stuff off use a stiff bristle brush and a good soap and hot water. I would never suggest using what I use.
I always mention the smog stuff if I don't know for sure where you are. Here in Cali the smog Nazis are the worst. Our constabulary have no clue, so they just say it's ALL illegal. The stories I could tell you. Like the "Let me see your engine" episode and he insisted I open the frunk.
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Yeah my car was a Cali car, the smog laws in Cali are ridiculous. Here in Texas, once your car is past 25 years old, they could care less. I can even have no catalytic converter if I want to (which I won't pretty soon).

I'll look around for some chemicals. I'd like to leave it bolted on the block, and just clean it up the best I can.
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