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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby CDW6212R » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:16 pm

Show off, ;)

How did you go about cleaning the distributor boot? It still looks brown, I have cleaned at least two like that and gotten the brown off. I used white wall cleaner back then, now Purple Power is my cheap alternative all purpose cleaner. Those seem to have a film on them which doesn't come clean without some kind of harsh cleaner.
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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby artbaileyjr » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:56 pm

The boot has never been off of the car. I ~did~ replace the alternator fan guard as I've done a few 3G's and had an extra, besides, I like the OEM look over a painted or wire wheeled guard, and I ~did~ use steel wool wetted with Armorall on the intake as there was some flash corrosion, (it is raw, unpainted aluminum) but outside of that, pretty much just sprayed the hot engine with Windex, slammed the hood for 20 minutes, rinsed it off with water and re-started the engine until it was dry; doused the engine with Armorall and slammed the hood for another 20 minutes to bake, then wiped everything down with a clean, dry towel.

I do all of my cars this way, unless I bought a greaseball, then I pull out the pressure washer first, then do the Windex/Armorall thing. They stay real nice and it's easy to do. This is a process that OneWayStreet (Rick Ekenrode) wrote about in the March-April 2007 Club newsletter.

I've been using his method ever since.

Today, I pulled the radiator "hold down" brackets and sprayed them with a couple of coats of black trim spray then used a lacquer thinner moistened rag on the OEM under-hood stickers. I'm pretty much done now. ;)

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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby CDW6212R » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:06 pm

Okay, it looks great, now clean that boot.

"Where's the stick poking emoticon?"

I don't even have one on this car, it came off when I did the cap/rotor a few years back. I meant to put it back on, now I'm not sure where it's at. I see one every once in a while, and I'll be digging into my old spare parts soon.
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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby phoenix » Fri May 04, 2012 1:12 pm

With Ford Racing wires 8-) ...that last pic is how the same engine bay was when purchased.

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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby JC92LSCSE » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:07 pm

The Beast under the hood .... BTW ...The Beast has now turned 209, 572 miles. 8-)

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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby mark007 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:14 am

JC92LSCSE wrote:The Beast under the hood .... BTW ...The Beast has now turned 209, 572 miles. 8-)

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still cant see this pic, maybe one day.
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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby oldschool1 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:03 am

mark007 wrote:
JC92LSCSE wrote:The Beast under the hood .... BTW ...The Beast has now turned 209, 572 miles. 8-)

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still cant see this pic, maybe one day.

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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby oldschool1 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:06 am

JC92LSCSE wrote:The Beast under the hood .... BTW ...The Beast has now turned 209, 572 miles. 8-)

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It still doesent look a day over 20,957 miles.

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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby CDW6212R » Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:40 am

Beautiful.
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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby mark007 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:28 pm

oldschool1 wrote:
mark007 wrote:
JC92LSCSE wrote:The Beast under the hood .... BTW ...The Beast has now turned 209, 572 miles. 8-)

P5290027.JPG


still cant see this pic, maybe one day.

See,
http://thelincolnmarkviiclub.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2543


yeah i registered and paypal'd weeks ago, and still no word. not even a consideration pm, letter, email. so until whenever i guess im in limb on pics and these other features.
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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby thunderjet » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:29 pm

The Mark
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The Mark needs some work to get it up to Thunderbird specs :lol:
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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby oldschool1 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:18 pm

Doable ... one part at a time.
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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby thunderjet » Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:51 am

The Mark's bay is about 1000 times dirtier than the Thunderbird's was when I bought it. It's going to take quite a bit of work and time but it'll get there.
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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby fremar68 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:51 am

thunderjet:

Check out the cleaning the Engine Bay (same category as here) under ENGINE BAY - Cleaning ala ONEWAYSTREET. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to do and the great results it produces.

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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby oldschool1 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:14 am

Fred,
He's got what we call "mad surface rust" going in in that bay!

Rick (OneWayStreet) has a fantastic method of cleaning away dirt and dust and grime and grease.

Surface rust needs a different chemical that is not compatible with detailing products.

One step at a time and it'll look Maaarvelous.
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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby CDW6212R » Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:43 pm

oldschool1 wrote:Fred,
He's got what we call "mad surface rust" going in in that bay!

Rick (OneWayStreet) has a fantastic method of cleaning away dirt and dust and grime and grease.

Surface rust needs a different chemical that is not compatible with detailing products.

One step at a time and it'll look Maaarvelous.


Try Eastwood's Rust Dissolver for surface rust. It can be sprayed on anything basically. It does not interfere with painting/prep, or eat paint, or damage rubber etc. It is the best, it's almost clear, it's like water, and it thus "creeps"(wicks) into seams. You cannot kill rust that is deep inside of body seams, like the bottom edge of doors, but for anything else it takes care of rust.
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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby thunderjet » Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:41 pm

CDW6212R wrote:
oldschool1 wrote:Fred,
He's got what we call "mad surface rust" going in in that bay!

Rick (OneWayStreet) has a fantastic method of cleaning away dirt and dust and grime and grease.

Surface rust needs a different chemical that is not compatible with detailing products.

One step at a time and it'll look Maaarvelous.


Try Eastwood's Rust Dissolver for surface rust. It can be sprayed on anything basically. It does not interfere with painting/prep, or eat paint, or damage rubber etc. It is the best, it's almost clear, it's like water, and it thus "creeps"(wicks) into seams. You cannot kill rust that is deep inside of body seams, like the bottom edge of doors, but for anything else it takes care of rust.


Cool. I'll have to give that stuff a try. I'm going to do more work cleaning the engine bay in the spring when it's warm (well that's a bit silly today as it was 65*, on December 2). Paint dries better as I don't have a heated garage, so it's also a bit uncomfortable to work in the cold weather.

What do you guys usually use for a paint match to the factory black under the hood? I've been using Rustoleum satin black paint for A/C lines and what not and it seems to be a good match.
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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby artbaileyjr » Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:46 pm

I don't know about anyone else, but I also use Rustoleum satin black for brackets, hose ends, etc.

I also use it by the quart for complete engines. (Recent BB Chevy)

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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby CDW6212R » Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:23 am

Cool Art, that's the best looking Chevy engine I've seen. I don't like the ugly orange, like the Ford blue's haven't been good either.

For engine bay color, you might try the factory body color, and make it satin finished. I did that unexpectedly in my 99 Explorer because the cold of the night dulled the finish. It ended up looking just right, though I did go back and do the radiator support again later.

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Re: Show us your engine bay ....

Postby thunderjet » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:18 pm

CDW6212R wrote:Cool Art, that's the best looking Chevy engine I've seen. I don't like the ugly orange, like the Ford blue's haven't been good either.

For engine bay color, you might try the factory body color, and make it satin finished. I did that unexpectedly in my 99 Explorer because the cold of the night dulled the finish. It ended up looking just right, though I did go back and do the radiator support again later.

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The factory engine bay color is just the exterior color minus the clear coat, so it is basically a satin finish.

I do like Ford blue. The engine on my T-bird is painted that color. I don't think I'll go that direction in the Mark yet. The engine was out of the T-bird so I figured why not paint it Ford blue :D
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