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    A little update for you all.

    i have gone down a little rabbit hole with the engine rebuild.
    i could have just put the engine back together, but no i had to start messing with things and not for the right reason.
    there was no reason for doing this but i fell into it and once you start going down that rabbit hole you can't stop.

    what rabbit hole did i fall in to, i started cleaning some of the parts that i had removed from the engine. Oh if only i had stopped at cleaning.
    but no i had to start painting.
    Oh no, this was the start of point of no return.
    i started painting some of the functional parts like heat shielding, then i found some other parts just sitting there looking a bit rough, the A/C compressor bracket, the plenum chamber mounting brackets at the back of the engine, then the big mistake......
    i painted the rocker covers.

    this was the start or end of sanity.

    so if you haven't guess by now i have been painting lots of parts that are bolted to the engine and the block. it is a bit silly but i can't seem to stop painting parts.

    i stand there and consider what each part will look like on the car and think what will it look like next to the parts i have already painted and the answer is always it will look a bit ****.
    so i have had to start painting lots of parts that should not need painting.
    to put i bluntly, i have painted stupid parts like the thermostat housing to block coolant tube, you can't even see it if the engine is one piece.
    am i going mental???

    i am even considering cleaning and cidying up the engine bay,what is wrong with me.
    this is not adding any power, efficiency or torque. so why do it?
    i can only say i have been infected. for the first time in my life i am making things tidy.

    This now quite disturbing.....

    Bye for Now!

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    But will it ever extend to the surfaces outside of the engine bay?!
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    this engine is going back in my spare vr4 the black factory manual.

    so i will have to decide what to do with it once i have finished the work.

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    you have to be a little unhinged to love a VR4. This means there is nothing really wrong with what you're doing.

    Make sure you post some pictures of your artistic efforts
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    when i have finished the painting of the raw aluminium parts in the engine bay it will only be the the heads and gearbox that are not painted.

    i am not painting them a different colour i just want the metal work under the bonnet to stop oxidising/corroding when they get salty wet. so hopefully all the painted parts will look aluminium ish.

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    Ok all,
    so i have finished panting the parts, i wish i had not started paining anything other than the block. because anything factory finish i put up against the painted parts just looks a bit crap and unfinished. i have to stop some where and i draw the line at bolts. these do not need to be painted or finished or polished. that would be insane on any car other than a show car and this car is no show car it is a daily driver and i must keep that in mind otherwise it turn into a project that i will never finish and i will just start to resent.

    it has to stop and it will.

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