View Full Version : cleaning the block/head

14-05-2006, 07:18 PM
:s2: sunday morning, broke, so :yawn: ......the only thing I hadn't got round to doing was cleaning the block/head.:doh:

Only the front face..obviously the backs a little harder to do and your not exactly ever going to see it.:o

Damn camera needed charging so I only have finished pics unfortunately - no progress pics.:doh:

I recommend this to anyone wanting to really tart up the engine bay cheap and easily, before buying new parts try this, it really makes the engine look spanking new.:grin:

all that was needed were a few bundles of wire wool, couple of different wire brushes, white spirit and a wrag...........oh and lots of perserverance.:guiness:

hey presto.


14-05-2006, 08:22 PM
excellent work james.

to finish the job nicely, i recommend letting the engine air out at bruntingthorpe in a couple of weeks ;) :D

ben godney
14-05-2006, 10:29 PM
looks mint mate, fancy doing under my bonnet?? ;)

14-05-2006, 10:31 PM
May give that a go if I get a chance.

I only have 1.5 days prep time for FCS, which is after my last exam, and before I leave Sat morning.

I'll be working late lol

Thanks for inspiration x

Baz F
14-05-2006, 10:39 PM
Blimy! Looks like its rolled out a factory like that.
How do ou get the plastic pipes to come up like that James?

14-05-2006, 10:56 PM
thinking of doing a similar thing on my s2. any chance you could post a kind of step by step guide for us all please??? :grin:

14-05-2006, 11:02 PM
Blimy! Looks like its rolled out a factory like that.
How do ou get the plastic pipes to come up like that James?

they are all new pipes i think, he dont do things in halfstongue out

15-05-2006, 07:10 AM
Theres a fair few parts new, but most has just been cleaned with AutoGlym engine clean, white spirit and wiped over with WD40 or silicolne spray on a cloth or dash wipes.

I can put a step by step guide with pics up - let me know which bits you want guides to.


15-05-2006, 08:03 AM
I did mine with 'Grease Gobbler' took about 5 seconds then a quick tart up with auto glym around the edges wish i had done the whole lot but ran out of time :grin:


15-05-2006, 05:38 PM
:) from step 1 onwards to the end result would be ideal. would like to get mine done for FCS. any help would be appreciated please :grin:

15-05-2006, 05:59 PM
clean lol can nearly see my face in the gear box

i looks sticky that actually the finish shine needs to be seen really as its mint




16-05-2006, 08:05 AM
good effort james, i always try to keep the front of my engine block clean it makes such a difference to the overall std in there!

16-05-2006, 09:35 AM
Cheers for the responses guys - I was considering using a powerful cleaning agent as mentioned in the above posts somewhere - but the wire wool really shines up the front face after youve got the basic muck off.

16-05-2006, 09:43 AM
i use gunk and wire wool, it takes a while to burn the excess off the manifold and block though so smells for a while!!