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how on earth can i clean this up...

My engine bay is incredibly messy and frustrating to deal with. Any suggestions for a clean up? Anything I could do to make more space?

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Re: how on earth can i clean this up...

no much you can do, i guess remove stuff you don't need but be careful!
get some engine cleaner?
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Re: how on earth can i clean this up...

That is pretty messy. Here's a short list of what you could do. See if a Civic half radiator swap is possible, it'll give room plus lighten the load. Get a custom intake (ram or cai) That'll lose weight as well as increase mpg. Take out power steering and windshield wiper reservoir buy a spark plug wire holder to get all of those neatly aligned. Other than that you could get some zip ties and do a quick wire tuck. Once done take your baby to the car was (cover the electricals) and spray that motor down! Just remember to wait about a half hour after wards cuz the car could stall. I would also recommend washing the outside of the car first to give the engine time to cool down so you don't do anything bad.
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Re: how on earth can i clean this up...

Yea I bet a good engine degreaser and wash will make a huge difference in itself. Also sanding and repainting the valve cover is always a big improvement. as far as all the hoses and cables....those are harder to hide and clean up. I say just start with the longest ones and see if you can re-route them with zipties and then move on to the shorter ones. You can relocate the battery to the trunk as well. Do you have any more pictures with some close ups?
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Re: how on earth can i clean this up...

Not much you can do with the hordes of vacuum tubes and such. You could replace them all with really long ones and hide them, but that might be a pain in the ass.
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Re: how on earth can i clean this up...

Just start removing stuff man! Relocate the battery to the trunk, then take the battery tray out. Take out the Air Conditioning, you don't need it anyway. All of the A/C hoses will in turn be able to come out. Get a shiny aluminum short air intake or cold air intake and it'll get rid of that big mess of factory intake piping. Repaint the valve cover and get some new plug wires. Take some mothers aluminum polish on a powerball and hit up all bare aluminum like the intake manifold, keep spraying the engine with engine degreaser like Simple Green. For corossion, take the pieces off, sandblast them, and repaint them black (to keep it clean). For corrosion on bare metal, buy brass and stainless steel wire brushes and keep brushing them until it's off.

Then you'll have the cleanest engine bay eVAr!
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Re: how on earth can i clean this up...

Thanks guys! I'll be working on it later, so I'll let you know how it goes. I'll get some close up pics later today for you, too. What should I cover the electricals with? Garbage bag or something?
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Re: how on earth can i clean this up...

Garbage bag, grocery bag a towel could even work. If you can, get some rubber bands to help keep the cover in place.
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