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post #1 of 20 Old 08-10-2010, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Restoring Camaro's to Re-Sell

I have a quesiton. I have a bit of monet lying around and I want to get into flipping cars.

I want to do this with my dad and spend some time with him before I move out in about a year. I wanted to purchase a mid 90's Z28 put a small amount of money into it and resell it. My dad has been building cars his whole life and he has taught me a great deal as well so I would like to put the knowledge to work.

But my question is, in regards to steam cleaning the engine, I want to do that myself but I cant seem to find a steam cleaner that would have the power to clean the grease out of the engine as well as clean stains out of the carpet.

Any Suggestions?
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what i do when i detail engines is, drive the cara bit so its kinda warm. not too hot, but warm. the cleaner i use is called orange power. i mix it in a bottle with about 3/4 water. spray it on the warm motor. let it sit for a few seconds before spraying off with the hose. then close the hood and let the steam dry the motor. then spray some engine dressing on it. and PRESTO! new motor look.

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what i do when i detail engines is, drive the cara bit so its kinda warm. not too hot, but warm. the cleaner i use is called orange power. i mix it in a bottle with about 3/4 water. spray it on the warm motor. let it sit for a few seconds before spraying off with the hose. then close the hood and let the steam dry the motor. then spray some engine dressing on it. and PRESTO! new motor look.
I have a similar process, but I just warmup the engine and use some STP Tire Foam. Spray it all over the engine, let it sit, and spray it with a high pressure hose. Does wonders.
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put some carb cleaner or degreaser all over the block and any grimey parts, spray with high pressure hose and shut the hood to let it steam, after the engine is cooled off, use some Adam's In and Out Spray on all the black rubber and plastic parts, and it will look brand new!

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Let me rephrase my question.

I plan on doing (for example) 6 cars over the next year. Should I purchase a steam cleaner (that would work for both the engine and the carpet, if so what is a good steam cleaner) or sould I continue to pay the local shop $80 to detail the engine and interior
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put some carb cleaner or degreaser all over the block and any grimey parts, spray with high pressure hose and shut the hood to let it steam, after the engine is cooled off, use some Adam's In and Out Spray on all the black rubber and plastic parts, and it will look brand new!
If you're not careful though, that carb cleaner will destroy plastic and rubber.
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you dont need a steam cleaner to clean carpet or the engine. do the process that we said above and for the carpet just use a carpet cleaner and scrub at it. i use a foam spray for my carpet and its amazing. blue coral has a carpet cleaner that it great too. no need to pay someone else to do it if YOU plan on restoring the car.

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If you're not careful though, that carb cleaner will destroy plastic and rubber.
well i've never had to do that drastic of an engine clean before... i typically only have to hose it down every 3 months or so.

i've got some degreaser from work called orange power as well. i used to use it to get oil stains out of my shirts when i worked in the oil patch, makes a great spot cleaner and works on many different things. from shirts to engines!

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I'd suggest a detailed cleaning for sure. There isn't much profit in restoring cars that new.

Carb cleaner/Engine degreaser is fine if used PROPERLY. The only time it is harmful if it is left on plastic/painted parts too long or in direct sunlight before a through rinsing

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Don't waste your money on a mid -90's Camaro...you won't make squat trying to flip it.

The mid - 80's IROC's are starting to gain some momentum, you'll make more selling one of those.
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