I'm working on transplanting a V11 Sport engine into my 2002 Stone. We've got it apart and the old engine pulled. The V11 Sport transplant is from a 2002 model as well, so I want to strip the bubbling/pealing paint and repaint the case before we go in with the new engine.
Any suggestions on what to use to strip the paint? I've read airplane paint stripper works. Would a wire wheel work or would it be too rough on the aluminum? I may just find someone to media blast it. But I would only want the case blasted, not the cylinders, and I don't want to disassemble the engine.
I bought the engine complete with the sump and oil cooler. Should I run the oil cooler or swap to the Cali style sump? I've seen both on on these types of swaps. I'm in Houston, where it is hot, humid, and I have to deal with heavy traffic, so I'm thinking the cooler is a good idea.