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Engine and Engine Compartment Detailing

Sorry if there is already another thread on this. I am about to start detailing my engine and engine compartment. I bought the 67 GTO in April of last year and my guess is it hasnt been gone through or cleaned in 10 plus years. Just looking for any tips or suggestions from those who have done this. I'll have to clean out a lot of dirt, grime, grease, etc. so any recommenations on what people have used that has worked best would be appreciated. Eastwood and Ames seem to have all of the paints I'll need for the engine itself, the engine compartment and anything else. Any recomendations on what seems to be best would be appreciated. I guess I'd love to hear any other general thoughts or suggestions from any of you. Thanks in advance!
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Well Kev,you have to use some judgement I guess. It's easier to get everything clean if you remove the hood, fenders, and inner fenders - but that's also a ton of work. Doing that does give you better access to everything as well. If it's "that dirty", a good degreaser and pressure washer will help get it clean. I like Eastwood's 2k ceramic paint, both for the engine color and also their Satin Chassis Black (2k) for the inner fenders, core support, firewall, etc.

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Here are 3 pictures. The one of the outside of the car was from later in the summer. The two under the hood are from April about a week after I brought it home. Mostly looks the same under the hood, besides some new parts (hoses, alternator, master cylinder, few other odds and ends). The engine and tranny are out of it right now, so will be going through that and fixing a few things, cleaning it, painting it. Same sort of thing with the engine compartment, washer and coolant tanks, etc. Redoing my rims right now as well. Sandblasting and repainting. All tedious tasks but some of the more rewarding ones when done...
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I didn't realize the engine was out. That being the case, you can probably do all the work you need to without removing sheet metal. Keep us informed on how it's going!

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Any recommendations for a good degreaser? Read an article that mentioned Simple Green as a good one...

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Any recommendations for a good degreaser? Read an article that mentioned Simple Green as a good one...
I found nothing works as good as Brake Cleaner. The dirt runs off the motor.

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I am in the process of painting the engine. Using the Eastwood ceramic paint and a brush. Actually easier than I thought it would be. The brake cleaner is working the best for me. Going to put on new plug wires (yellow) and some chrome bits and pieces. Just to dress it up a little.
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Also, someone here suggested using aluminum foil for masking. Works really well.
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It just takes time. Tin foil works really well especially on the spark plug tips, fuel pump.

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Update with pic

Thanks everyone for all your input. It's just about all put back in and ready to drive so I thought I'd show you all almost the end result. I think at the time I started this thread, I hadn't planned to rebuild the engine, but when we opened it up, we saw a rod bearing had been put in backwards by whoever rebuilt it last, so we knew at that point, we needed to go through all of it (first sign should have been that they put a regular bolt in as an oil plug). So in addition to detailing, we did an engine rebuild, transmission rebuild, shifter rebuild, new intake manifold, got an almost new carb from a friend, Ram Air Restorations factory headers,new break and fuel lines, a heck of a lot of degreasing and sanding and wire brushing, and painting. Got a handful of things to put back in, then I'm getting a new exhaust, then break it in and then hopefully enjoy it for the rest of the summer. Thanks for all the tips. The tin foil came in handy not only for masking, but also for getting light rust off my valve covers. I'm still looking for any advice on the proper positive battery cable routing if anyone can offer any suggestions...
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