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Technical TOOO much bling ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hardtimesainit, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. hardtimesainit
    Joined: Jan 24, 2009
    Posts: 374


    Ever hear the complaint about too much bright alum and/or other shiney metals on an engine ?
    I associate this idea with chev mostly.
    But, have seen plenty of ford motors with a ton of ‘bling’ also.

    Just got to thinking/wondering if an engine project can have TOO much bling ? What is your opinion on this subject ?
    Starting a new project and am unsettled on this subject.
  2. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,599

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    No, if done well there's not a limit. I like chiney things!
  3. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
    Posts: 1,515

    Sky Six
    from Arizona

    As long as its not gaudy it should be fine. Also, it depends on the surrounding areas (engine bay). 20170818_151252.jpg
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  4. KevKo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 439

    from Motown

    Oh, did I say that out loud? In general, I don't care for a lot of chrome, and I like cast aluminum parts to look like cast aluminum. But I guess it depends on the car, era, etc.
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  5. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,859

    Bandit Billy

    I'm with ya 100% on that one!
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  6. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,721

    A Boner

    I like the sand cast aluminum look.....not the "chromed up" look on an engine!
  7. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 2,970

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    I don't like shiny things. Simple is nice.
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    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,665


    I like cast aluminum and paint
    Minimal chrome
    Easier to keep clean!

    But for the guys who have it and keep it up I do like it and can appreciate the effort involved
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  9. edwardlloyd
    Joined: Aug 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,067

    from Germany

    Shiney chrome doesn't do it for me. I prefer black painted parts or aluminium. Polished alu is OK too.

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  10. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,859

    Bandit Billy

    We should start a movement and call it
  11. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,402


    Way too much work trying to keep it shiny!
  12. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 19,142

    Staff Member

    I like shiny things... here is the 331 caddy that is in my 40 Ford [​IMG][​IMG]

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  13. Gasolinefed
    Joined: Apr 17, 2018
    Posts: 105

    from OR

    I use the small chevy model because it's the most hated on..

    China stamped chrome valve cover not cool..

    Stamped chromed factory Chevrolet script valve covers cool..
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  14. If you have the good parts and keep them clean and shiny, it's THE way to go. Think: Dean Lowe, Tony Nancy, John Mazmanian, Tommy Ivo and most of the Top Fuel cars of the mid/late sixties. There isn't very much prettier than a well detailed flathead, Chrysler hemi GMC six or a Kettering Olds engine. Yeah, it's work to keep them up, but it sure is worth it, to some of us. I realize that's not for everyone. It clashes with that rusty, "patina", found at the dump, rat rod look.
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  15. I like bling, but I'm too lazy/broke down to deal with keeping it clean...

    It can depend a lot on how much you drive the car and where you live. Also how well you can avoid rain.
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  16. Gerrys
    Joined: May 1, 2009
    Posts: 327


    This would be too much bling.
  17. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,052

    51 mercules

    I like the bling on the T I used to own.[​IMG]
  18. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 18,697

    from Michigan

    GMC super chargers look fantastic in the cast finish... :cool::)
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  19. And, they look even better all polished up.
  20. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,036

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    At about 100% all shiny its as good as needed ! One % more would be over doing it, LOL
    Stuff that is shiny,shows repect n love for it,things that are in any form of rot,only shows some one is LAZY to me. I shine as much as I can,every thing I can. Never could aford as much chrome as I'd like,do too running good is #1 anyway !
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  21. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
    Posts: 1,515

    Sky Six
    from Arizona

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  22. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 11,548

    from Raytown Mo

    They wouldn’t even let you join your own club lol AA8B10CB-D913-4F2D-8DC0-272462AD9AAF.jpeg
  23. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    Chrome works as an accent, as do polished details. Chrome and polish everything and any benefit disappears.
    Another realbadthing...shining the hell out of an uninteresting or annoying feature. Look at a bunch of streetrods with their hoods half of them the most conspicuous engine feature is a bunch of heater and AC hoses, up top and blinged to the max with stainless weave, ridiculous out of place aircraft fittings, and always a VERY elaborate and shiny aluminum thing that is just a pass through on the firewall...
    If you are looking through a wall of bling over all else, it is hard to even focus on the actual engine.
  24. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,675

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    :rolleyes: :D

    I’m surprised you could put down your polishing cloth long enough to type this nonsense :D
  25. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,506


    I have to agree with Sky Six in post 3. As long as it isn't gaudy. I've seen some with so much chrome that you can't pick out the details for the bling. On the other hand I can point one PNW car in particular that has a lot of chrome and aluminum but is so well detailed and you can pick out the details so well that it all looks just right.
    I seem to have cornered the market on finned aluminum for 292 Chevy sixes lately and am to the point of worrying that I may have too much finned aluminum.
  26. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,258

    Jalopy Joker

    show chrome means most anything is fair game - street chrome used more as accent - up to you
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  27. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,671


    Shit, I don't even shine shoes.
  28. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,859

    Bandit Billy

    Nothing could be finer than to be an engine shiner
  29. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,141

    anthony myrick

    all depends on the style of car built. shiny or painted can both be cool

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  30. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,193

    from Oregon

    I like certain things shiny and especially when it is a piece other than the usual that gets your attention . But a 283 detailed painted orange with black air cleaner and super clean hits the spot:)

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