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  1. #226
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    Found the leaks in the Plenum. 2 small ones, and the large one I could hear.

    But no surprises.

    I did figure out a good trick though. Having a cigar around helps find the leaks. Just tape off everything and then blow a puff off the cigar into one of the small ports. And just watch for where the cigar smoke seeps out!!! And as a bonus, the garage smells great!!!

    The engine was already running well, so fixing the leaks should only make it better.

    2005 ViperBit 3.5L
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    Great build, exceptional workmanship. Thanks for sharing your project. I don't know if you decided, but I would chrome the intake. I think anything else would detract from the engine bay.
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    My 3.5L EPIC waste of time!!! Why not!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mongo300cSRTdesign View Post
    Great build, exceptional workmanship. Thanks for sharing your project. I don't know if you decided, but I would chrome the intake. I think anything else would detract from the engine bay.
    The issue is the plenum (If that’s what you’re referring to) is composite, so chroming it would require vacuum metalmetalizing. That would create a host of other issues.

    Currently my plan is the parts in the pictures (engine bay covers, plenum etc) that are unfinished will be painted to match the car color. The 3 1/2” tube for the CIA is now chrome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reefstar View Post
    The issue is the plenum (If that’s what you’re referring to) is composite, so chroming it would require vacuum metalmetalizing. That would create a host of other issues.

    Currently my plan is the parts in the pictures (engine bay covers, plenum etc) that are unfinished will be painted to match the car color. The 3 1/2” tube for the CIA is now chrome.

    If the composite can withstand 400F then consider chrome power coating?

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    My 3.5L EPIC waste of time!!! Why not!

    So it’s not engine related but...
    New Rims arrived today ...
    Last edited by reefstar; 02-24-2021 at 05:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongo300cSRTdesign View Post
    If the composite can withstand 400F then consider chrome power coating?
    There’s also hydro dipping too.

    How to finish the plenum has always been a question. The other issue is that too much chrome may overwhelm the rest of the engine and if it’s not perfectly smooth, any defect will be highlighted.

    But I still need to figure it out. Fortunately it’s easy enough to remove and redo if I change my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tf34mech View Post
    Amazing build almost sorry to see it end except now I can't wait to hear it run!
    How do I upload a video?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reefstar View Post
    So it’s not engine related but...
    New Rims arrived today ...
    As Buford T. Justice would say, Sumbitch... that's what I am talking about. Sweet!
    2017 Granite Crystal Scat Pack
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