You know when Winter is on its way out when you start to see the trees blossom. Saturday was a nice day, so I took the opportunity to get stuck into degreasing the engine bay. There was 60 years of grease and oil in there, and a lot of the grease had gone hard like plastic.
I had kept a roll of old carpet and underlay from the last room we renovated to catch the goo. I rolled them out on the lawn and then employed the kids to help push the Cadillac on to the lawn.
Before getting started I had to cover up the front section of the car to keep the muck off of the paint and glass.
I started by scraping off the heavy and thick crud, which was just about everywhere, but especially near every grease nipple. I placed a sheet of plastic under the car before I started scraping to catch it all. After I had finished, there was about 2kg of hardened grease and dirt on the plastic. In places, the gunk was over 1/2″ thick! A bit gross when you think about it.
I then followed up with degreaser, a stiff bristled brush and plenty of elbow grease. This was really a test of persistence. After working the degreaser with the brush I let it sit for a few minutes, and then washed it off with the Karcher pressure washer. After 4 or 5 cycles, it started to look good.
Once I was happy with the degreasing, I dried it all off using compressed air. I did this to make sure I got rid of the water sitting in the cracks and panel crevices. It still looks like a bit of a mess, but minus the oil and grease! I am happy with the results.
I used a wire brush and electric drill to clean up the brake cylinder as it was particularly rusty and ugly. I then put a coat of VHT Roll Bar & Chassis paint on it. That made me feel better, as something now looked good.
I only had just over 1 hour on Sunday, so I decided to start with a wire brush and electric drill to remove some rust. I focussed on the RH frame because of the limited time. I also cleaned up the battery area, which was a bit of a mess. Once it was all cleaned up, I sprayed on a coat of VHT Roll Bar & Chassis paint. I didn’t worry too much about the control arms as they will be hidden once the new aprons are fitted. I will probably give them a good coat of paint when I do the suspension some time down the track.
This is only the first coat to seal what I have cleaned and tell me what I have done. I will put a second final coat on everything once everything is done.
I can’t wait until the whole engine bay looks like this!