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Lex Zues!
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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Pics are here for now
http://mysoarer.com/misc/camry/valve cover/


Alright there have been a few people who been IM'ing me and PM'ing me on how I painted my valve cover. Since I am changing my engine bay color scheme I might as well kill 2 birds with one stone.

Engne: 5SFE - I4 - 95 Camry - Will work with other years.

Requirements:

10mm Rachet or wrench. Socket will work for one bolt the other wont fit.
Adjustable Wrench
5SFE Gasket - Only if your replacing them
PCV Valve and Gasket - Only if your replacing them
Spark Plug Wire Gasket - Only if your replacing them
Paint - 500* Paint, - Only if you are painting
Assorted Sand Paper - 600 - 1000 1500- 2000 - Rubbing Compound - Polishing Compound (This is excessive, you dont need to do ALL this for the valve cover, the first time I didnt, but I am now, will look good without that done though)

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Warning: I am NOT responsible for any damage that may occur or any problems.

Let your engine cool down. If you dont feel safe, wait overnight. In most cases you can remove the car about 30 min after the car stops running. The oil will drain to the pan.


First Locate your Valve Cover


Pop out your Spark Plug Wires


This is what you will see


Pop off the vacuum hose and the PCV valve hose



Locate these 2 screws, you need to unscrew them.



Unscrew them. Do not pull on them, you only need to unscrew it for it to come out. It wont move much once you pull it up but thats okay, doesnt need to move a lot.



Locate the 4 big nuts on the valve cover.


Unscrew them with an adjustable wrench.


Once those are unscrewed, set them aside. Take a flathead and pop off the gaskets


Them set to the side.


This is what you will have.



The valve cover is not being held on by anything, should just be able to slide right off, if not, take the flathead and pop up the edges.


This is what it looks like under there if your curious.



 

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Lex Zues!
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Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
Remove the rest of the parts and clean them up, replace the gaskets if needed.


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If your painting.


Wash down the valve cover.



I chose Duplicolor Red 500* paint.


Apply Even strokes. 3 light coats is better than 1 heavy.


Let Dry for 1 hour (says shorter time but safer than sorry!) I put it in a lamp to dry out the air too





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Here are finished pics after I made it black and silver :thumbup:














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REINSTALLING IS THE SAME AS THE STEPS ABOVE JUST BACKWARDS!


If I missed anything let me know I will add it, thanks! :thumbup:
 

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Is it me, or are we going to get a reply like:

"I tried to remove it valve cover, but it's too damn hot. I got burned" :lol:
 

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nice job!i have a 96 es300 thogh so its really ifferent. but is there anything u can do liek clean out things or something to make ure car run better while ure under there?
 

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Lex Zues!
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Dont think so.


Just be sure when you reinstall it, start it up and check all around it for oil leaking.
 

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Man, that looks pretty nice, I wish the 1mz were that simple. Anybody know if there are any bolt on parts that will clean up an otherwise rusty 1mz? Like, how hard is it to install colored wire looms, steel braided fuel/vacuum hoses, etc.? I don't think painting the valve cover would be a very good idea though. Mainly I'd just like to get rid of all the rusty cast-iron parts, but I bet that'd be expensive.
 

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Lex Zues!
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Ranger X said:
Man, that looks pretty nice, I wish the 1mz were that simple. Anybody know if there are any bolt on parts that will clean up an otherwise rusty 1mz? Like, how hard is it to install colored wire looms, steel braided fuel/vacuum hoses, etc.? I don't think painting the valve cover would be a very good idea though. Mainly I'd just like to get rid of all the rusty cast-iron parts, but I bet that'd be expensive.
Looms not hard, neither is vacuum hoses. Ill do a step by step for that when they come in the mail, but it will be short because its not hard.
 

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nice work....you should put a 56k warining on this.....my T1 decimated it
 

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Lex Zues!
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Discussion Starter · #12 · (Edited)
Thanks I changed it.

I finished the cover. Its just the start of repainting everything, so it looks odd right now. Dont worry ;) Although I might change it to black and get red spark plug wires. doesnt matter its going to look great when the whole thing is done. I can only paint a few hours of the day before it rains.



Spark Plug wires were not put in in this pic. Also its dark because its Florida, it rains everyday in the Summer.


Everythings a mess... wire loom gone so it looks like ass aahhh its not like me lol
 

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that is a great DIY, excellent pics and everything!

engine bay will look reall baller when you finish up all of the other red stuff
 

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Yeah, I was kinda of wondering why you chose red, with the blue wire looms. Now I see that you have red battery cables as well, so a red/blue scheme would look alright. I think it'd be totally sweet if you left it red and sanded off the paint on the ridges and in the recessed area, where the numbers are, kinda like th viper head covers if you've ever seen those. Well, those don't have the ridges, but you get the idea. I'd do it to mine if the 1mz valve covers had all that fancy stuff on them...they're just plain valve covers with the coil packs on top. Anybody know if there's a better looking v-bank cover (I think that's what it's called) than the cheap plastic one that comes with it?
 

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Lex Zues!
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Well. I didnt take off the blue loom on some areas because its just loose wires and I dont want to create an un-needed fire harard. lol. Ive already made up my mind, Im changing the valve cover to black but will keep the red stripes on top and do something about the 16 valve. Everythings going to be black, wires and vacuum hose will be red to accent it and the silver will stay with the intake manifold and all.

Soo all in all, its changing once again, but atleast I got to do a write up.
 

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Nice write up. I remember when I had my cam it took me a while to do this, but when I did I was happy.
 
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