Cadillac Detailing and Bodywork - Interior and Exterior including Body and Wheels Discussion, A little elbow grease... in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; I'd scrub the engine by hand in the beginning, then keep up with it over time. As long as you ...
That's a picture of my old 1984 Cutlass with about 125k miles on it (don't own it anymore). Almost 20 years old and still lookin' like new. Just soap, water, some dressing every now and then on the rubber surfaces, and the result? First place trophies at car shows.
There's my '95 Nissan, with 173,000 miles. Lookin' like brand new.
I've found that the Northstar is much easier to keep clean for a few reasons. One, it's much newer, and doesn't have all the crud on it. Two, it's much simpler in that it doesn't have miles and miles of vacuum line and electrical wiring like my old Cutlass did. Especially with the beauty cover in place.
Dontcha have the biggest case of spring fever right now? I see you're in Indiana, so you probably have it worse than we do...and I can't WAIT for spring! I want to do a few things to the Seville, but can't stand the bitter cold out. Grrr!!
I cant wait for spring, especially since i am what you would call a "die hard golfer", and snow golf isnt too feasible.
BACK ON TOPIC, what sort of products do you use on the engine, or do you jump in there with a brush and go at it! All of my engines havent required any scrubbing, but none of them are over 35k. Ill prolly scrub the fleetwood sometime, but not when its so fricken cold. I got to wash it when it got to a blistering 50 last weekend.
You betcha Don! Goin' fast with class! I can't wait until this spring!
I generally use a wet rag to wipe everything down every few weeks to a month. This keeps most of the dust and grime off. For smaller areas, you can get little detail brushes at your auto parts store or Wal-Mart. They come in a back of three. Make sure it has some sort of soft bristle brush, like plastic "hairs" or something. Certainly not brass or copper. That'll get places like near the spark plug holes, around the oil cap, PCV valve...places like that.
Then, I use regular car wax on the shiny metal surfaces. Not too many in the Cadillac, but they're there. While you're at Wal-Mart, pick you up some Eagle One Nevr Dull. This stuff is awesome. It'll polish your stainless exhaust tips to look like chrome, and some of the things under your hood to look like stainless or chrome. It's great stuff. I highly recommend it.
I'll dress it up with a light coating of rubber dressing on the hoses and other soft items (like wire harnesses, etc.). This creates a bit more work in the end because these types of dressings can tend to attract dust after a while, but I think it's worth it in the long run.