I took advantage of the nice New England day today to wash the MR2 so I can start detailing it while it's in storage.
I also wanted to clean up the engine bay. I can't really do that indoors, so I wanted to get that done today too. I sprayed everything down with Simple Green, used a small detailing brush, and my cheapo Harbor Freight engine cleaning gun. It's kind of cool, but it's not the greatest. It's basically a nozzle at the end of a long extension that hooks up to an air compressor. The gun siphons water from a bucket and forces an air and water mix through the nozzle. It's certainly not powerful enough to blast grime away, and the siphon hose is too short, but it works well to pinpoint areas that you want to rinse.
I also wiped a lot of areas down with just a wet cloth. I thought these vacuum hoses were deteriorating rubber and I was considering just replacing them. I wiped them off and sure enough they are perfectly fine.
I lost the sticker on the back, but this cleaned up better than I thought it would. Not bad for 28 years old.
I was able to get rid of most of the oily grime, enough so "Toyota" was legible once again. The silver paint was starting to flake over by the "Twin" of twin cam, so I took it easy with the brush.
I can remove the silver body panel on the left to really clean up in here, but I think it looks pretty good.
I love a clean engine cover! I've got to do some homework to figure out how to clean out the shields around the hood vents. Lots of dirt in there visible from the top.
the coolant resivoir looks nice and clean, I think I'll blacken the plastic shroud around it too. I have some body pieces that could use some blackening treatment to, so this might be my next step. After that, it's on to claying, polishing, sealing, and waxing the paint. Then I want to replace the shifter boot and maybe the sun visor if I can find one. The previous owner had some sort of photo frame clip on it that I tossed. After so many years, the clip left a divet in the visor, and that bugs me...