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Old 03-07-2004, 03:25 PM   #1
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Hi all!

Got a nice new Bonney (used/new) and the engine looks factory. Looking at the pictures in the forum, I see the other engines look beautiful as well.

How can I clean mine when it looks bad. My wife'* Montana (we are a Pontiac family) is in serious need of an "Under the hood" job.

I have some GUNK engine degreaser, but it has all kinds of warnings on the intake and plug wires and i am smart enough to know anything that will degrease will compromise rubber insulation and plastic.

So...what can I do to clean the Montana AND KEPP the Bonny engine looking pristine.

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Simple Green, I used a full gallon to clean my engine, I doubt it had been cleaned since new, Just do a little touch up and I can at least call it clean.
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Kirkland industrial degreaser, if you have a Costco. Looks like antifreeze. Most of the time I use 2 cans of Gunk Foam Engine-brite. Just follow the directions. I only remove my cone filter and SC cover, and don't cover anything.
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Thanks guys.

Damemorder: That simple green...how do you apply it? Do you scrub anything? What do you cover.

Willwren: SC cover - I assume that means Super Charger cover? I do not see a cover on my Super Charger. Also, does what you cover for the Industrial Degreaser also match the Engine Brite foam?

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Do you have the large black or gray engine cover that says "3800 Series II Supercharged"?

If so, take that off. It'* probably nasty underneath. I personally don't cover anything. You may want to bag your ignition coils, and clean them later with a damp rag, but I don't.

Any cleaner, same routine.
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I use a toothbrush, a spritze bottle and a red rag.
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I use a toothbrush, a spritze bottle and a red rag.
I use a toothbrush too. Works fine, especially with the ArmorAll wipes. I think I may try some engine degreaser for a change and see if it does anything better.
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Wow, i just did mine this afternoon. I used some GUNK engine cleaner, and it worked pretty good. I probably coulda let it sit longer, but it'* fine. If i want more to come off, it'll have to be with our pressure washer.

I used to do the brushes, and rag method, took forever, tried some armor all wipes, but they don't work so well in places like the intake manifold crevaces, so i bought some GUNK for $2, and hosed that down. Worked great, rinsed it off, and armor all wiped it up.

She'* a beaut now, and i've got some stellar pix. Like the one i took of yours pete.
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Okay, so if I plastic the plug wires and intake, i can pretty much hose it down, use any of a number of quality cleaners to soak it, scrub and wipe rough spots, and hose it down again with no damage to sensitive parts.

Do I have that right?

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P.*.

And I should REMOVE my Series II 3800 cover...and keep it off....right?
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