One thing that I know for sure about show cars is that they are scary clean. Like, super scary do-you-even-drive-it-anywhere clean.
Because I want my 240SX to be a show car, she too will one day be meticulously clean. I hope.
I also know that it will be a long, long, long road to get her to that point; so I’d better start now.
My Summer Project
Aside from hopes and dreams to get her front end conversion paid for and hopefully finished this summer, I want to work on cleaning her up.
While I don’t plan on fully starting until the weather is cleaner, I may go ahead and figure out what I’ll need to help me embark on my ambitious cleaning goal: To get her engine bay as squeaky clean as possible — hopefully up to show car standards.
Trust me, this is going to be quite the project.
Dirty, dirty, dirty…
She’s got a lot of dirt and grease in plenty of little nooks and crannies under her hood. Sadly, the engine swap timeline and time of year didn’t really lend itself to taking the time to pressure wash the empty engine bay. And since I neither have a pressure washer nor want to run the risk of damaging her engine, I’ll be doing it all by hand.
I see some long summer days spent under the hood of my 240SX polishing away… Haha.
It’ll be worth it in the end, I’m sure. I also hope to buy her a few shiny parts to work on getting her ready to be a show car. She’ll always be a car I enjoy driving, I just want a pretty car too. (My Miata is cute, yes, but her paint is in awful shape. She’s also my race car, and scratches, dings and dents aren’t things I want to worry about with her.)
It is, of course, my hope that this project turns out to be rewarding.
We do have an odd coolant leak that we need to figure out yet, since we can’t seem to tell where it’s leaking. Or why.
What is sad is that I’d like to take her to one of the bigger meets that takes place in Seattle… But I’m not sure if I’ll ever feel comfortable driving her that far.
Hopefully the coolant leak gets solved and after that, perhaps, I’ll feel okay driving her further than I am now. Then we can plan on her first car show, probably either late this year (if there is one for us to go to) or next year sometime. And hopefully after her front end conversion.
Whatever the case may be with all of that, I am determined to have a squeaky clean engine bay by fall!!