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I know all about your weather problem. I live in Newfoundland, the wettest, snowiest, windiest, foggiest province in Canada. We've been known to have all 4 seasons in one day. Since Newfoundland is an Island province I'm surrounded by the Atlantic ocean so moist air and salt create rappid corrosion. Also, the winter time is ridiculous with all the salt they use on the roads.
My beautiful heat shield and engine compartment spake for themselves.

I want to have one of thoses factory/ show car looks to my engine bay but it's never going to happen. Too much rust and corrosion. The lower part of the engine is flaking off rust 3mm at a time. The rest of the car is in excellent shape, only a small amount of body rust, for a 1995 B13 Sentra which were known for poor body integrity as stated in "The Lemon Aid Guide to Cars 2003."

For your rounded off bolts, try drilling a small hole in the head of the bolt and use the Crasftsman screw remover for stripped and rounded heads. Also, use lots of rust check or anti-cease spray and leave it for a while.

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Well, the Valve Cover wasn't so bad looking till I decided to clean it. I was full of oil (cover was left off once) since my 3 brothers and sister who all drove this car before me didn't give care too much for it. I used a brass wire brush and Simple Green and did rinse with water. I've also tried Autosol on it and it still corrodes. It may be because I'm not driving the car. The timing chain plastic guides are worn/broke which will cost $800 CDN to fix. If I keep driving the car with the timing chain loose the camshaft and crankshaft will be out of sync causing possible damage to the cylinders. Eventually the chain will wear a hole in the side of the sproket cover which will result in $1400 CDN damage (the same price of a new but used GA16DE)

Oh What fun.... :(

My parents said they will fix it for me since they are giving me the car w/ 197,000 Kms (116,800 miles) on it.

I may paint the VC but I would rather restore it to the original condition (like it looks under the air intake hose, all nice and shiny). I would like to get it powder coated but no one in NF can do it. I wish I lived in TX or somewhere dry...I wouldn't have all this extra trouble.

Well, if anyone has an idea how to get the VC new looking let me know. I've also heard about stronger cleaners or acids that may work as well. I've heard boiling it will work but am affraid it will warp the VC.

Thx Sr20Power for your suggestions!

Greg
 
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