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Engines like this with exposed components are harder to detail, unlike the newer ones with plastic covers on them. In this case I used simple green, engine degreaser and my Ultimate dressing to seal the rubber and plastic after I cleaned it. always keep the engine running when cleaning with chemicals, then air dry with a leaf compressor to evaporate the moisture.
 

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Can't tell by the "after" pic how many miles that old dog's seen, can ya??

Great work, Turbo.
 

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I've never understood why people always assume that water will hurt your engine. As long as you don't put water into the air induction system, any 12V system will work just fine unless you force water under pressure into it. I use degreaser and tire dressing the same way, but I don't run the engine while doing it, so that it can't pull water into the air cleaner. I do run it to get it hot first, and trickle water over it so that the degreaser can work without drying out. For hard to reach spots, the foaming tire dressing is good, and I buy bottle brushes at the $ store because they're cheap and work well. A clean engine runs cooler, quieter, and your rubber belts and hoses last longer. Any leaks or problems are more easily detected, too.
 
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