Kerosene works well also.
From: Max Heim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: MG List <email@example.com>
Date: Friday, May 05, 2000 10:40 AM
Subject: Re: Cleaning a slimy engine prior to painting.
>Petrol is a little volatile, I agree, but my father always uses diesel
>fuel. Great solvent for oily deposits, but not flammable as a liquid at
>atmospheric pressure. Cheap, too.
>Larry had this to say:
>>DO NOT use oven cleaner in your engine bay! Remember you are cleaning
>>plastics, sensitive electrical components, hoses and the like. Should you
>>slightly enthusiastic during application you can damage these parts. The
>>residue you are trying to remove isn't from cake, cookies or the remnants
>>Thanksgivings Day dinner; it is petroleum based. Use the best cleaner
>>available, connect your hose to your water heater( it should be drained
>>twice a year anyway) and have a go. I've also heard of folks cleaning
>>in petrol, but I think most would agree one would have to be certifiably
>>insane (insert comment here Mr. Macy) to attempt this. Flame suit neatly
>>pressed and awaiting use.
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: Brad Pace <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>To: Andrew B. Lundgren <Lundgren@iname.com>; <email@example.com>
>>Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2000 7:39 AM
>>Subject: Re: Cleaning a slimy engine prior to painting.
>>> I just checked the replys to this ?, and no one has given you an
>>> adequate response so I will give you the benefit of a trick that I
>>> have accumulated over the years. Now that you have the bulk of the goo
>>> off the engine, let it dry and then spray it liberally with oven
>>> cleaner. Some are better then others and you may need to try a couple
>>> , but it is effective. None of them are as good as they used to be
>>> (Thanks to various gov. regs) but it will help. It works better on a
>>> warm motor but it is not as effective if it drys out. Take the motor
>>> back to the carwash to apply it and then pressure wash as before.
>>> Enjoy, Brad
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Andrew B. Lundgren" <Lundgren@iname.com>
>>> Cc: "MG List" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>> Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2000 2:43 PM
>>> Subject: Cleaning a slimy engine prior to painting.
>>> > I am going to be going though an engine from a running parts car I
>>> drove for about 45 days. The Engine is slimy with oil and dirt that
>>> built up over the years. I am planning on going though the bottom of
>>> the engine and putting a new head on it.
>>> > My question is how can I clean this up well enough to have a new
>>> coat of engine pain look good on it?
>>> > I already have it out of the car. I cleaned it at the car wash
>>> while it was still installed, but I didn't get a lot of the slime off.
>>> I have gone over it with a scraper and pealed a bunch off but it is by
>>> no means ready. For the most part you cannot see the original color
>>> of the engine still.
>>> > Thanks!
>>> > Andrew
>'66 MGB GHN3L76149
>If you're near Mountain View, CA,
>it's the red one with the silver bootlid.