Engine bay cleaning

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  1. Vinchez78

    Vinchez78 Member

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    What's a good way to get the engine bay clean, can I spray some degreaser and just spray water on it or will the water damage the engine? And what's a good degreaser??
     
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    Make sure that you cover distributor good and alternator and carb, any of the store bought degreasers work about the same (lousy). Do not spray when engine is hot. I prefer the foamy type .You have to scrub to get most of the stuff off and simple green works about as good as any product. If you are not concerned about the enviroment diesel, kerosene or other petroleum based products and a parts cleaning brush work the best. Access to a stem cleaner works wonders
     
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    Lots of scrubbing and power wash. I believe mine was pressure washed at least three times. Brian(seller) did it at least once and I did so twice.

    Removal of items works best, here's how I did mine.

    Got to this point and said skroo it.
    CometengineB4a.jpg

    cometenginebayfreshpaint.jpg
     
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    Thanks alot fellas
     
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    Nice job ! Took some effort .. but it's worth it ..
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    RMiller My name is Rick

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    I have used oven cleaner with some success, usually go to the dollar store for the cheap stuff.
     
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    I plan on cleaning it today anything else I need to cover before I spray it down with the water hose??
     
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    Spray n wash. I started using it on motorcycles and have used it on some engine bays and all over. I don't know how it would do on thick greasy parts but it removes oil and grime well.
     
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    thanks , I'll try that...now that i have my Comet back from the shop and is driveable, I can finally wash the engine bay, I've been wanting to spray paint my air cleaner holder as well, does anybody know what type of paint and color i can use to match the shiny blue of the original?
     
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    71gold Frank Cooper Supporting Member

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    old ford blue if it's... dark ...blue.
    new ford blue if it's... light ..blue.
    any parts store will have it...:yup:
     
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    I've looked at a lot of factory engines, no idea where the aftermarket came up with light blue for a Ford engine. Not till '90s when people started using that crap on rebuilt engines, did I see light blue. Looks like ass.

    In the '80s I was at the auctions at least once a week, none of the engines in any Ford product was light blue. There are two shades of dark blue, but neither could have been called light.
     
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