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  1. Who doesn't want a piece of a car in their living room? (besides your wife) Well I do! Been drooling over engine coffee tables everywhere I see them, and I love model building, so it was inevitable for me to do this. The opportunity presented itself when I bought a blown-engine e34 for the rest of the drivetrain, so I saved a bunch of the parts to make this happen. I'm sure you've seen plenty of these projects, but usually they just take the block and spray paint it and call it a day. I'm taking a different route and using the top end of the m60 instead of the block. It will be the heads, the intake manifold/throttle body, and I'm going to carve a replica portion of the block out of wood to save weight and size. Step 1: Disassemble This is pretty straight forward, and I didn't take any pics. Only special step is I rented a valve spring compressor from autozone and made a custom tool out of conduit ( 3" long x 1" conduit), as the spring tool does not have the reach to get down in the lifter holes. Here's a picture of the valve stem seals after the valves have been removed. Step 2: Clean I'm individual washing and scrubbing every part. The heads were really gross, and cleaning inside them is far too difficult, so I had Kyle chemically wash them at his shop (Thanks Kyle) After cleaning Step 3: Prep and paint I'll be cleaning/polishing all gasket surfaces that will be visible, as well as the hydraulic lifters, and some various bits. Here i've done the polishing on one head and masked them for paint I'm spraying the heads and various parts with duplicolor silver wheel paint. it has a good metallic finish that looks alot like bare aluminum to me. I've used it on some wheel refinishing with good results. Paint finished on the head and lifters and valve springs cleaned and reinstalled. I'll update with more pictures as I go!
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