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Technical A Question Of Manifold Destiny

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bandit Billy, Aug 15, 2019.


What finish for the intake?

Poll closed Aug 25, 2019.
  1. Polish it

  2. Powder coat it black

  3. leave it alone

  1. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,876

    Bandit Billy

    I just received my intake that I have been waiting on for months from Hot Heads and it is exactly what I was promised, a direct bolt dual plane for my 330 Desoto. Now comes the hard part, choosing a finish. The block is gloss black hardened enamel with chrome bits. I am not sure on air cleaner yet but I see something black and chrome with some striping on it.
    a couple of views, you cant see it well but the valley pan is chrome plated.
    I have to trim a couple of superfluous mounting bosses form the MSD distributor so it can rotate freely but other than that it is a great fit and should be quite a runner. Note the integral water housing that accepts a SBC thermostat housing. Temp sensor/water fitting on each side in back. They even included a threaded vent to burp the air out of the system if needed. Thank you to Hot Heads once again for making a Desoto buildable.

    So cast your votes and provide your comments. I'm listening.
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  2. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 2,987


    I voted for as cast, I prefer the contrast with the chrome valve covers.
    Deuces, Black_Sheep, loudbang and 2 others like this.
  3. Mike VV
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 2,061

    Mike VV
    from SoCal

    YOUR engine YOU make the decision.

  4. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,029


    Smooth and black with large chrome air cleaner
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  5. Champscotty58
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 119


  6. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,585

    from Quincy, IL

    @Bandit Billy ......Beautiful engine! You really can’t go wrong with whatever you decide.

    Over the years I have bought parts from HH and had them rebuild a couple/few sets of rocker shafts. Have always been happy with them.

    I was at the NSRA Nats and had a chance to visit with Bob for the first time in person. What a friendly guy and quite a hoot! Really enjoyed talking with him.

    He also had on hand the newly cast 4 bbl for the low deck Dodge engines. Will be ordering one or two of those.......

    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
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  7. I vote for black. 'Back in the day' a single carb intake on these would be OEM cast iron and painted to match the rest of the motor. The HH intakes also have a 'modern' look about them, going with black will minimize that.
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  8. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,352

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    Not intended as an insult but that intake manifold is kinda ugly. The hard edges give it a very modern appearance.

    My vote is black or anything to draw attention away from it with a large chrome air cleaner of some sort.
  9. Rckt98
    Joined: Jun 7, 2005
    Posts: 976


    Billy, given your attraction to the shiny stuff, I see a polished manifold in your future.
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  10. Yea!!!! Billy got a “what color” thread started !!!!!

    That manifold is not pretty,
    Very utilitarian looking lacking the smooth Art Deco desoto period influences.
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  11. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,204


    I'd like to see the FIRE-DOME letters RED for a little pop factor! The black ain't doin' that beautiful mill justice!
  12. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,061

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Paint it to match the engine.....
  13. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,263

    Atwater Mike

    Agreed. El Scotto said it right...I'd do it up in black, also.

    My 276" DeSoto had a 2 bbl intake, but DeSoto intakes were cast as either 2 bbl or 4 bbl. (large flange makes it possible for 4 bbl open top plenum...just some millin' and drillin'.)
    276" mills are sufficient for nice little '27 Ts, so the low profile stock manifold with 600 Holley will be more than enough.
    Oh, mine's going black (block, heads, intake) I'm polishing that aluminum up front, and have a finned valley cover (polished)
    Your 330 will 'gleam', no matter what you do. Beauty!
  14. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,876

    Bandit Billy

    I would love to meet these guys. They have been excellent to work with and it may be top secret but they have a 2X4 desoto manifold in the finishing stages that will also take (wait for it) a blower using a two piece intake they cast. I didn't use it because I figure at street RPM the dual plane will suit me better than a common plenum.

    My thoughts exactly last night when I unboxed it. I though black might disguise it and make it go away a bit. This truck will have a hood, you aint gonna see it unless I show you.

    All the other cool kids did it! I'm leaning toward black powder coat, in fact I called a local powder puff guy yesterday who said he coats right over the cast, adds a primer coat then the color, turns out nice says he and the rough cast gives the powder something to bite to. My chrome guy said for 100 beans he will knock it down and make it a lot smoother for the powder. Worth it? I mean I didn't smooth the block. This aint in an open engine bay.
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  15. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,876

    Bandit Billy

    It is my engine but I like the input. In the end I do what I like but it doesn't hurt asking people their opinions…as long as it is not about hanging your arm out the window, locking your car at cruise ins or if you look to see if people are looking at you.

    I had a buddy last night in the shop who had the same idea. If the manifold was more vintage looking I would save the money but burying it under some black powder coat may help disguise the sleeper.
  16. Road Racer
    Joined: Jan 29, 2017
    Posts: 39

    Road Racer

    raw cast
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  17. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,221


    As cast would be my 1st choice with gloss black a close 2nd
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  18. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 6,021

    big duece
    from kansas

    Well, the timing cover isn't black. (edit) kinda digging the polished look too, after reading the lifter valley is shiny.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
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  19. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    Polish it, that engine deserves it.
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  20. Bullit68
    Joined: Sep 16, 2009
    Posts: 107

    from Verona, PA

    I wanna see it painted, painted black
    Black as night, black as coal
    I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky
    I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black
  21. Tickety Boo
    Joined: Feb 2, 2015
    Posts: 1,151

    Tickety Boo
    from Wisconsin

    Magnesium Color paint or powder coat.;)
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  22. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,677

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    I see an ugly manifold and I want it painted black.

    Sung while sitting on my throne posting with my etch a sketch :D
  23. Johnboy34
    Joined: Jul 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,284

    from Seattle,Wa

    Surprised you even asked , shiny black like the motor with a chrome air cleaner will fit the scheme under the hood rather nicely!

    Sent from my SM-G900V using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  24. Tickety Boo
    Joined: Feb 2, 2015
    Posts: 1,151

    Tickety Boo
    from Wisconsin

    Opps :oops: I colored out of the Box:eek:
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  25. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,871

    from Nicasio Ca

    Can't decide, going to sleep on it.
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  26. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 18,724

    from Michigan

    Leave it as cast for now.... Wait a few years.. once it starts getting dingy, then take it off clean and paint it....
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  27. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,199

    from Oregon

    My 291 Hemi was painted like the rest of the engine. I let the valve covers do the "look at me , look at me " thingy bob.
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  28. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,876

    Bandit Billy

    There's one I hadn't thought of

    That's a picture I may have trouble erasing from my memory.

    I like that option the best but as fate would have it, the exit polling has a different leader.
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  29. I'm the guy that always paints his manifolds, while my peers always leave theirs "as cast." Time and time again, driven and used ... mine still look good painted, while theirs ... don't look so good, "as cast" . I'm even paint aluminum heads. I'm a lone survivor.
    runewilliam_merc and blowby like this.
  30. GasserTodd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 403


    Engine looks great, so my first thought was to replace the manifold with a blower manifold and a 671 and do it all justice. But then, Im not know for making rational decisions

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