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The block and cylinder heads were cleaned with solvent and a wire brush before the VHT Ford blue was applied. Having the exhaust manifolds off the engine made it possible to do a fairly complete job painting the engine. For the intake manifold, rather than removing it and having it hot tanked for surface cleaning, we wiped it down with lacquer thinner and gave it a coating of VHT natural aluminum finish, making it look like a new raw aluminum manifold. Here we're installing the refreshed exhaust manifolds back onto the engine.