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11-11-2010 11:44 PM
kc8oye I used blue split loom at one point.. and I found it made the car a little circus looking.. so I settled on a Black and Chrome theme, with just a splash of color here and there for high lights (like the blue ignition wires).. I wish MSD made a black distributor cap tho! but since I have red and blue AN fittings, the red cap doesn't look entirely out of place

one of the BIG things I did was made custom battery cables... well Big in effect.. it wasn't that much work. just a couple of hours..

This is the before shot (it's a huge unreduced image, so I'll just link to it here)

this is after.. I used 4ga welding cable, and just bought the ends loose at the parts store. Soldered them on. I used the quick ends at the battery because I wanted red and black ends, plus I needed to room to attach other large wires..
then I tucked both cables into 1" split-tubing, and routed both cables to the block in such a way they could run together as far as needed.
i took the pic before I painted the cable hold downs black so they weren't so obvious

then this is how I worked it out at the block..

also with my MSD box wires.. all I did was bundle them together into split tubing and made it look a lot tidier.. I'm considering running all the wires inside the wheel well so they don't show it all, but I gotta make sure the tires won't rub them first.
this was right after I put the MSD box and coil in.

and just a little care and attention later:
(hindsight, I should have used black zip ties)

something else I did.. instead of running a vac line from the front of the carb back to the firewall for my AC controls (I have a700r4, so I don't have a trans vacum line) I drilled and tapped the intake underneath the rear floatbowl of the carb, and added an an-4 elbow, this feeds manifold vac back to the firewall, and the stainless braided hose just looks nicer then plain ol black hose
11-11-2010 09:59 PM
chevorletc10 On my truck, I bought these chrome covers for the hoses, and maybe get some color on the wires (make sure which is which though), I'll upload a pic, it's not the best, but I hope you understand.
11-11-2010 09:22 PM
veltboy314 Nice^^^

I'm working on cleaning mines up to. Get rid of what you don't need or plan on using. I cleared all of my A/C stuff out, Cut some wires, & added some loom to my wires. That wire loom helps a whole lot!!!
11-11-2010 08:49 PM
kc8oye first of all, get that PVC tubing for fuel OUT OF THERE!!

that is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, and is an engine fire waiting to happen. PVC is not designed to handle the heat, nor the chemical nature of gasoline. USE FUEL LINE!!!!!

then either neatly route, or shorten anything you can.. just work on it a little at a time.. you will get there.


see, and I've still got a ways to go before it's exactly how I want it.. but just tidying things up goes a long way
11-07-2010 07:37 PM
bigdog7373 i like when the engine looks like its just bolted into the car, not like its part of the car, if you know what i mean. i want it to look like there is barely anything connected to it, i guess a race car theme kinda.
11-07-2010 06:31 PM
pepi I just had to use the leaf blower thing, hope you understood that as just something funny to say.

The engine bay it really all your own to finish out. I would suggest you look at different cars to get your ideas; choose the details you like best and apply them to your car. What style? race; custom; clean stock, each has a very distinct look and tend to follow a theme.

You want the dress ups to look like it belongs, for instance you mentioned yellow spark plug wires, for me no thanks. However I run MSD so red fits there, matches the cap, my other hotrod I have Crane it has a blue cap, I run Morosso Blue Max on that car; yellow just does not fit.

Here is a link to look at notice it says deeper flange; PN 1221

This part is common and most likely can be found at pep boys, Oralie's maybe auto zone. You can buy this stuff and with care install it to check the fit, they will not have a problem taking it back if does not fit. Take care opening the box and do not scratch it.

Just one other item to clue you in on, good old glossy black rustoleum brush and spray on will do wonders to an engine bay. Cheap fun with a good reward.
11-07-2010 11:16 AM
johnnya "How can i clean this up a bit, make it less cluttered looking?"
Here's what I did.....
11-07-2010 09:21 AM
sqzbox Yeah, Edelbrock makes them and I had one on my 305 88 formula and it fit no problem. Cheapest price in the store is AZ or Advance auto.
11-07-2010 07:07 AM
bigdog7373 Will a drop base cleaner work on an edelbrock? The clear hose is fuel line that i got from ace hardware. It does lose its flexibility after a little while but it has not gotten brittle at all. Do you think some red or yellow spark plug wires would make it look a little better? Maybe a performance look?
11-07-2010 06:13 AM
pepi First a leaf blower might help, gather up the wires and bundle them; of course paint.

I would for sure get rid of that air cleaner, it is restrictive, the decision is performance or sexy; do not believe I have ever seen sexy car parts, never had the urge to bed my car; to each his own.

There is an air cleaner I believe K&N has it that the top flange fits down over the carb and will allow the use of a taller and larger filament helping motor inhale more.
11-06-2010 07:39 PM
GRIdLOCK Hey, I have that same air cleaner, it's sexy.......,
Just curious but does that clear PVC tubing hold up good as fuel line? I used some once to siphon some gas and it seemed to have taken some of the flex out of it, like it was going to probably turn brittle if it was used with fuel too long.
11-06-2010 03:31 PM
bigdog7373 Think i should paint the engine bay?
11-06-2010 03:08 PM
eloc431962 Here maybe i got it right this time, I knew that was the wrong pic i was just using it as a reference. Here's the one you have in there now.

11-06-2010 01:03 PM
Originally Posted by sqzbox
I know one thing, You need a bigger air cleaner.
It won't fit under the hood, this one barely fits as it is.
11-06-2010 12:32 PM
sqzbox I know one thing, You need a bigger air cleaner.
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