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Engine Detail of my 2003 Mach 1, F21 Reviewed....PICS!

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  1. 66temp

    66temp New Member Established Member

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    Hey guys, well I thought I'd do a quick writeup today on what you can do with an "el-cheapo" can of tire foam from pep boys or your local superstore....

    My process usually goes something like this:

    1. Make sure the engine is warm, and then hose the motor down with water, and after that, spray on your degreaser or AIO cleaner to help loosen up all the gunk...
    2. Let that sit for about 1-3 minutes (depending on how dirty the motor is)
    3. Preferably pressure clean off (If not just hose off/brush with your misc brushes in order to properly remove all of the grease/grime/dirt)
    4. While wet, spray on your tire foam and close the hood
    5. Open the hood 15-20 minutes later and wipe everything down, the tire foam should be dissolved and everything should look pretty good!

    (I didn't degrease my engine as it was already fairly clean, just some dirt and dust here and there, so I just lightly pressure washed the motor before I dressed it with F21)

    In review of the F21, its a cheap, nice product that can get you pretty nice results if you know how to use it (its so easy its ridiculous!) and I love how the plastic/rubber feels when its dry, its very smooth and not greasy to the touch at all...I've done this before with AA and I thought it was a little glossier/greasier but I prefer the matte look and I think this will help repel some of the dirt and dust!!!

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    Before/Afters:
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    During Foam stage :chuckle:
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    After:
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    You can see here where I hadn't wiped the hoses down, thats why when the foam has dried, I soak a mitt with some of the tire foam that I'm using and gently wipe everything down that I can touch
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    So there you have it! Here are two pics that I took that I thought were cool, they just looked too pretty not to post!

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    Thanks for looking guys!!!! :coolman:
     
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    crizzut Active Member Established Member

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    didn't expect to see it clean and shine that well, I definately need to try that sometime. Did you have to pay careful attention to loose spray on the paint or was it pretty easy to direct the tire foam?
     
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    66temp New Member Established Member

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    It's fairly easy to direct the foam, but I usually wash the car after I foam the motor down, so if I do happen to get any foam on the paint, it just rinses right of when I close the hood and wash the car!
     
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    Wishing4Cobra Active Member Established Member

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    my honeycomb and shaker is starting to fade a little, is that going to work? Engine bay looks clean man!
     
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    lloyyd Cobra-less again Established Member

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    Wow, that looks good. I used that S100 motorcycle cleaner from the Harley shop. It works good too, but you have to use the dressing to make it shine.
     
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    Do any of you know if this would affect my N2O solenoids and micro switch? I would make sure to cover the MSD window switch, but would the rest be ok. By the way thanks a lot for this write up. I am gonna go pick up my car because winter is almost over, and this is what i am doing first.
     
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    crizzut Active Member Established Member

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    you don't need to worry about covering the wiring as long as you don't plan on starting up the motor with water on it. You N20 solenoids should fine as long as the engine is warm, and you simply close the hood to let the water evaporate from the existing heat.
     
  8. 66temp

    66temp New Member Established Member

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    Not sure, it might bring it back for a couple of hours, but you are probably going to need to dye the shaker back...I treat mine every week in hopes of trying to keep it from fading! :mj:
     
  9. Kevin the Clean 1

    Kevin the Clean 1 1 CLEAN 04 SNAKE Established Member

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    66temp,

    I love the after picture man. But, but one small comment. I have always heard that putting water on a hot engine could be a bad thing... Just my .02 cents man... :dw:
     
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    66temp New Member Established Member

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    I never pressure clean the motor at full operating temperature. I'll normally just get it WARM so all of the grease gets loosened up, and then I'll wash it down, after this I'll start the engine to help evaporate all of the water off ;-)
     
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    trottlebody New Member Established Member

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    Can you upload a few more pics of the black spoiler, and full body shots please, thanks.
     
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    66temp New Member Established Member

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    Here is a full detail I did about a month and a half ago http://svtperformance.com/forums/showthread.php?t=354753

    And here are one or two photography shots

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    (Still with the stock exhaust, these pictures are old)
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    Engine looks really clean man. Nice. One thing I like about that F1 is, yes it does clean well, but it also seems like it repels dirt longer too. May just be me, but if I use it on my wheels, they don't get brake dust on them the next time I wash the car, if I don't use it, they have brake dust on them after a week or so..
     
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    It definately does help keep everything cleaner for longer...Since its a tire dressing, it is designed to help repel dirt, it doesn't dry greasy at all and leaves a nice natural glossy look to the surface.
     
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    OhIIICobra Sometimes U gotta say WTF Established Member

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    That stuff works good. Just bought some and did both cobras and my wife truck. Much better than simple green!
     
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    91 FOX 5.0 New Member Established Member

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    im pretty sure tire dressing is flamable... doesnt seem like a good idea to me
     
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    Kevin the Clean 1 1 CLEAN 04 SNAKE Established Member

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    Thanks for the clarification. That makes sense the way you do it... ! :beer:
     
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    I've been using NO TOUCH tire spray since 1997 to clean my engines. Always did a fantastic job. I will have to try the F21 and compare.
     
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    Kevin the Clean 1 1 CLEAN 04 SNAKE Established Member

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    I have been using that product for years too. Please let me know which is better! :dw:

    ;-)
     
  20. OhIIICobra

    OhIIICobra Sometimes U gotta say WTF Established Member

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    Good point. I did a little test sprayed some on the driveway and chucked matches at it. :burn: In it's foamy state yes an open flame will ignite it. Once the foam has subsided about 10 seconds, the residue will not ignite even with an open flame applied directly. If your engine is slightly warm and lightly sprayed with water I think the risks are further minimized.

    If it was that dangerous average Joe would have blown him self up while accidentally spraying on or near hot brake parts.

    Take this advice with a grain of salt and if you blow up your neighborhood I take no responsibility.:-D
     

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