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Re: Cleaning

Subject: Re: Cleaning
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 17:32:12 EST
In a message dated 2/18/02 5:10:03 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

> I recently acquired a 80' MGB LE from my father.  It had torn rack seals
> (which I've fixed) as well as some undetermined oil leaks.  Over the years
> there has been quite a build up of dirt, grease, oil etc on the underside
> (and the engine compartment) of the car.  I'm a bit new to the car
> restoration work, is there a good way to go about cleaning off all the
> grime?

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The best cleaning job entails removing the engine, which I gather you'd like 
to avoid.  (Don't blame you.)

There are some spray on cleaners available in auto supply stores.  The best 
is probably Gunk.  Try this method.  Get a coupla cans of Gunk.  Spray (or 
brush, if you get the pourable can) Gunk all over the engine, taking care to 
stay away from carburetor and distributor.  Now, drive the car to a nearby 
coin-op car wash, and hose down the engine.  Again, stay away from carb and 
dizzy. You might put a plastic bag over those to keep them dryish.  Driving 
the car a short distance warms up the engine and helps the Gunk to work on 
the gunk. 

That will get the majority of gunk off the engine.  You can detail it from 

Alternate spray degreasers are Simple Green or Castrol Super Clean.  Watch 
the Castrol stuff.  It is VERY strong and may remove paint.

BTW, coin-op car washes have drains that are supposed to handle the greasy 
stuff.  Don't hose it down in your driveway.

If you are new to the list, let us know all your details.  Where are you 
from?  Any other problems with the car?  Izzit your first LBC?

Allen Hefner
SCCA Philly Region Rally Steward
'77 Midget
'75 Midget "The Project"
'92 Mitsubishi Expo LRV Sport

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