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bare and ddirty =[ need some ideas?



The picture says it all. Underneath my hood is completely stock and the only thing I've done is spark plugs and wires since I bought her. Any ideas as to what I can do to make it look purtier and cleaner? Upgrades I can do? If you could post links or anything so i can see what your talking bout also prices? I was thinking of taking the 4.6 cover off, and powder coating it, from silver to blue to match the wiper arms as well as the rest of the car. lemme know? thx =]


Also, would power washing the engine bay be a bad idea to clean her up some? I was thinking of getting the spray can degreaser and then power washing it, but idk if thatd do more harm then hood?
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Check out ThunderChecken's gallery. He did a few things to snazz things up before his SVO swap. Also for cleaning it- Simple Green, a little light scrubbing and a garden hose. I wouldn't use a pressure washer.

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"Black Magic engine cleaner" does a pretty good job; it will gloss up the rubber, and get a bunch of the crap off.

Using foaming bath cleaner that is "Plastic Safe" works well; it will get all the crap you can't get to.

I do the foam first, then the engine cleaner.

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"Black Magic engine cleaner" does a pretty good job; it will gloss up the rubber, and get a bunch of the crap off.

Using foaming bath cleaner that is "Plastic Safe" works well; it will get all the crap you can't get to.

I do the foam first, then the engine cleaner.
Sounds good to me. There's a ton of dust and grease and grime in the bay, and under the engine where i had a nasty oil leak, i gotta clean up at well. Do you prefer garden hose or pressure washer/power washer?
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BLue wiper arms look dumb

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BLue wiper arms look dumb
oh but chipping black ones are sweet, right?
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i like painted black ones....but chipping black ones have a "coolness" to them!

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What color is the car going to be? I think black wouldve been a better choice.

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7. blue valve covers to tie in the windshield wiper arms

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the car is going to be ford blue flame
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Do you prefer garden hose or pressure washer/power washer?
Garden hose, brush, dawn.

Covering a greasy surface wet with 409, then working dawn into it will work very well as a degreaser; but don't get it in your eyes (safety glasses), and wear gloves. 409 dissolves skin after awhile.

A disposable plastic knife works well to remove large patches of oily stuff caked to the crossmember. I scraped it into a small bucket.

I get as much as I can off this way before I start using liquids.

After you get as much as you can scraping, do the 409 thing, then a 80% dawn/water mix worked in with a stiff brush. (mostly dawn, but a little water helps; if it doesn't 'work in', add a bit more water.)

Wash it off with garden hose; I use my thumb to get a bit of pressure, but power washing works moisture past seals into stuff. Don't do that.

My job was easier, because I could stand where the engine was, lol.

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Check out ThunderChecken's gallery. He did a few things to snazz things up before his SVO swap. Also for cleaning it- Simple Green, a little light scrubbing and a garden hose. I wouldn't use a pressure washer.
Thanks Brandon I try to keep it as clean as the outside


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The picture says it all. Underneath my hood is completely stock and the only thing I've done is spark plugs and wires since I bought her. Any ideas as to what I can do to make it look purtier and cleaner? Upgrades I can do? If you could post links or anything so i can see what your talking bout also prices? I was thinking of taking the 4.6 cover off, and powder coating it, from silver to blue to match the wiper arms as well as the rest of the car. lemme know? thx =]
#1. Ditch the blue wiper arms.
#2. What is your budget?

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#1. Ditch the blue wiper arms.
#2. What is your budget?
The wiper arms are staying.. I like them.

Secondly, I get paid every other week [gotta love a part time job] so post away and if I can get whatever you post as each pay week goes by, i can/will.
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Secondly, I get paid every other week [gotta love a part time job] so post away and if I can get whatever you post as each pay week goes by, i can/will.
The fact that you get paid biweekly is unrelated info. Heck, I get paid twice a month, too. Are we talking about a PI intake swap budget, or a SVO blower budget? Just repainting the engine bay will clean things up quite a bit. Take a look at some of the member's galleries for ideas. There are some pretty clean cars on this site.

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The fact that you get paid biweekly is unrelated info. Heck, I get paid twice a month, too. Are we talking about a PI intake swap budget, or a SVO blower budget? Just repainting the engine bay will clean things up quite a bit. Take a look at some of the member's galleries for ideas. There are some pretty clean cars on this site.
Well just figured I'd throw that out there. But anyways, the engine bay I will clean up, and paint to match the rest of the car when I swap out the engine. I want to do to do some mods, but dont know where to start or what to get. I'm not mechanically inclined. ABR is more my field, so if mechanics is your deal, then let me know me options =]
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Well just figured I'd throw that out there. But anyways, the engine bay I will clean up, and paint to match the rest of the car when I swap out the engine. I want to do to do some mods, but dont know where to start or what to get. I'm not mechanically inclined. ABR is more my field, so if mechanics is your deal, then let me know me options =]
what ever your budget ends up being on what you want to do, make sure you double it.

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I X2 that I have blown my SVO blower budget badly. :-)
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Racecougar already asked the big question, budget. What are your intentions for the car? Pretty street car, show car, drag car? Decide what you want from the vehicle then start modding it

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as many others will tell you do all your maintance, check your suspension. get the car in proper working order THEN you start doing upgrades. oh yeah don't forget search is your friend!
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