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Dino DIY - Ceramic coating the headers

Dino #05082 is a Euro version and I've installed a Tubi Competition exhaust that I really like. The headers are steel with dirty surfaces that need cleaning up. I decided on ceramic coating the headers to not only tidy up the looks but also reduce engine bay temperatures as well as preserve the headers to extend their lifespan.

There are two headers; the rear bank and front bank. To access the rear bank first remove the trunk access panel and heat shields.
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Next remove the six retaining nuts at each exhaust port to free the three outflow trubes. On the underside of the Dino, unfasten the three bolts that secure the header to the Tubi exhaust, this will allow the header to move, but you're not done yet! To allow the header to clear the access panel hole you must remove both underside heat shields. This is difficult as you're working around behind on a blind corner
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Now that the rear header is free, using a serpentine motion and snake it out through the rear trunk panel
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Impressive write up. Looking forward to the rest, thanks for sharing.
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To access the front header is a bit more difficult. The right, rear wheel, splash panel, coolant tubes and alternator must be removed. Once that is done,
remove the three fasteners that secure the header to the exhaust and remove the heat shields. Next remove the six retaining screws that hold the outflow tubes to the heads and snake the header out of the front area.
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When you remove them they are dirty and grungy, this is what they look like.

Upon recommendation of several race and restoration shops I chose Performance Coatings to do the blasting, prep and ceramic coating procees. I took them to their shop and chose the color Black Satin Velvet
http://www.performancecoatings.com/index2.html
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They came back a smooth and wonderful shade of satin black, although the flash on my camera is showing them with grey tones.

Reinstalling them requires new brass hardware, 6 cylinder head gaskets and 2 sintered rings for the exhaust connection.

Two popular places to purchase these are Superformance in the UK and Dinoparts.de in Germany. I bought from both so they deserve equal time and the truth is that both suppliers have top notch parts.
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Install a gasket on each cylinder head stud and pre-fit the front header to the head. It is critical to position the exhaust connection BEFORE securing anything. Once fit seems to be correct, then lightly thread every fastener a few turns and re-examine.

Don't tighten the fasteners yet. Since the exhaust positioning could affect final fit, wait for the rear header to be pre-fit.
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Install a new gasket on each rear cylinder head port and pre-fit the rear exhaust manifold. Attach the manifold to the Tubi exhaust and check for even regular mounting.

When pre-fit looks good, tighten the fasteners evenly and firmly to secure the exhaust manifold to the heads and the Tubi exhaust.

Stand back and admire the new, clean look!
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Very nice. Did you also do the interiors?

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Coating included all interior and exterior areas. Cost was slightly over $USD 200.00.
After the first three drives I notice a slightly muted volume and lower tone out the Tubi competition exhaust. It might be my imagination combined with my ear being over sensitized, it is that slight.
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