Facelift Your Engine on a Budget

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Think about it - what’s the first thing you do at a car show?

And I’m not talking about finding yourself a good spot to park. You’ll agree that the first thing you do is popping open the hood. And it makes sense. You’re there to show off your ride, both inside and out. Lifting the hood open should be a moment of pride.

But if you’re tempted to keep the lid closed, or if you open it grudgingly, it’s time to start transforming. The good news is making your engine into a show-quality piece is easy and affordable.

And when I say affordable, I mean it. Check out this list of 6 aftermarket parts and accessories that will transform your tired-looking engine into what you’ve always wanted.

Chrome Dress-Up Kit
A chrome dress-up kit is the perfect way to bring some shine under the hood. Most kits come packaged with chrome valve covers, air cleaners, and chrome timing cover. And they also include all the hardware and gaskets you’ll need to complete the install.

Mr. Gasket Chrome Dress-Up Kit Spectre Performance Deluxe Dress-Up Kit Mr. Gasket Street Legal Dress-Up Kit
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Aluminium Oil Pan
You shouldn’t ignore the bottom-end of your engine. That’s right - a nice aluminum oil pan is a sure way to complement your engine bay and bring it a complete finish. Yes, not a many people will see it. But when the do, they will be amazed.

Mr. Gasket Oil Pan Spectre Performance Oil Pan aFe Oil Pan
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Aluminum Pulleys
The pulleys will bring shine your the hood. And with a good choice of finishes, like chrome-plated or stylish black, you’ll have the opportunity to truly customise the look of your engine compartment to show your own personal style.

BBK Aluminum Pulley Mr. Gasket Aluminum Pulley Spectre Performance Aluminum Pulley
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Chrome Water Pump
It’s time to upgrade your worn-down water pump with a shiny chrome mechanical water pump. They feature premium quality heavy-duty bearings and seals for improved performance. You also have the choice of a standard-volume and high-volume pumps.

Ford Racing Water Pump Mr. Gasket Water Pump Moroso Mechanical Water Pump
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Chrome Alternator
A chrome alternator will give your engine the finish you’re looking for, while the improved wire setup clears up clutter in your engine compartment. If you spring for a nice model, you’ll also enjoy added power for any extra aftermarket electronics you’re thinking of adding.

Mr. Gasket Chrome Alternator, Non-Metric Mr. Gasket Chrome Alternator, Single Groove Pulley Mr. Gasket Chrome Alternator, Ford, Single Groove Pulley
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Spark Plug Wire Cover
A machined, show quality mirror finish aluminium wire cover will bring that finishing touch to your engine bay. The easy bolt-on design means you can transform your engine quickly and easily. This cover will set your car apart from the rest and show off your true style.

Injen Aluminum Spark Plug Wire Cover Injen Aluminum Spark Plug Wire Cover Injen Aluminum Spark Plug Wire Cover
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Price: from $160.55
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Still not sure of the best way to dress up your engine? Drop us a line in the comments below and we'll help you figure it out!

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